Eddie Brill Gets His Power Back
This is the third and final installment of a HooplaHa original series that followed comedian Eddie Brill on his three-week journey on healing his mind, body, and spirit at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida. Click here to read about his first week at the facility and here for week two.
Things happen for a reason. I believe it’s how we deal with what happens that makes us who we are.
We create what we want for ourselves. In my perfect world, we’d wake up each day with the intent to create a beautiful world.
The way to do that is simple. We need to be good to ourselves.
And our light and our smile and our energy will charge the vibrations of the world we all share. It certainly sounds corny and hippy-like but who cares? I have learned to not worry how things appear. It’s the essence inside that only really matters.
After three weeks at The Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, I had a major life transformation. Yet, I had to really want it. And I really did. I created what I wanted for myself. No one else could have done that for me.
Oh, I had help financially, emotionally and spiritually. I did a couple of comedy shows during my stay to save some money on the tuition. I basically sang for my delicious and nutritious supper. I volunteered to take a later flight a month before I went to Florida and got a voucher that ended up paying for my flight to Hippocrates. I put that energy out there and it all worked out.
My focus on this trip, after a life of taking care of others, was to take care of me. There’s no reason I couldn’t be one of the people I took care of. At Hippocrates they don’t heal people; they help people heal themselves.
I needed help with my unconscious eating. I needed to unlock a lot of the doors that hid the truth about why I overate and ate to the point where I wasn’t really enjoying the food. I was just trying to stuff my emotions. I learned that food would never fill the hole, no matter how much food I ate.
When pain or tragedy came into my life, I put up an emotional wall and wouldn’t let myself feel the pain on a conscious level. I lost my stepfather when he was 37, my sister when she was 34 and one of my brothers at 35. I put myself in the position to be the rock to carry the other family members. Yet I used food, and awful food, as my solace and created a big unhealthy body as my protection from the pain that life threw at me.
Well, I went to Hippocrates four years ago and started to work on understanding my issues. I learned about nutrition and how to heal my mind, body and spirit. I lost a lot of weight and started to shine inside and out.
Then in early 2012, I was falsely accused, in an attack piece in a major news publication, of being a sexist when it came to booking comedians. Other major newspapers and magazines carried and spread these false assumptions and my life came tumbling down hard and fast.
I spent my whole life professionally doing wonderful things for all of my peers. Helping all comedians, men and women, young and old, and fighting for my fellow comedians to stand up for ourselves and to demand the integrity that we all deserve.
I knew in my heart of hearts that these accusations were all the farthest from the truth and so did the people who really knew me, as well as the people I worked with. My track record has always been impeccable. I had always hired people based on their talent, and who was right for a certain job, and never based on gender or race.
This tsunami that was created by a few toxic people cut me deeply, and enabled me to put up that emotional wall again. The weight started to come back.
But this time, I caught myself before I got out of control.
I went back to Hippocrates to plug in. This time I did the whole three-week program.
Through incredibly powerful therapy from two different care givers at HHI; I learned how to protect myself with love and by putting good things into my body. With the Chinese exercise Qi-Gong, major detoxing with wheatgrass, blue green algae and a nutritious plant-based diet, plus the compassionate surroundings, I got my power back.
I know for sure who I am and by practicing mindful eating, the weight is melting away. I lost 23 pounds during my stay. I feel 50 pounds lighter. My creativity and my heart are full.
I don’t worry about what other people say anymore…because I know better. I know my heart and I know my soul. And I love what I see and feel.
And now I am home and embracing the program. I have signed back up for kick boxing and, more often than not, I am choosing to walk over taking public transportation. I am going to farmer’s markets to find healthy, nutritious, organic food and smiling for all the world to see.
I have never felt more in control and happier than I have been in my entire life.
Ironically, next week I have been asked to speak on panels at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston.
I’m back and better than ever.
There will always be bumps in the road. And now I have the tools to deal with them.
Things happened, and most likely for a reason.
About Eddie: Eddie Brill is a well-respected stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who started his career in Boston, Mass. An Emerson College alum, he is credited as being one of the founders of the Emerson Comedy Workshop which spawned the careers of numerous famous actors and comedians. He has performed his comedy all over the world and has taped more than 100 TV shows in six different countries. For seventeen years he worked on The Late Show with David Letterman as the audience warm-up while performing live on the show 10 times. For eleven of those years he was also the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator.
He is the creative director of the wildly successful Great American Comedy Festival, which honors Johnny Carson in his hometown of Norfolk, NE. He is also the creative director for The Woodstock Comedy Festival in Woodstock, NY. He has also been working with The American Comedy Hall of Fame producing comedy archives for the soon-to-be produced Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Eddie performs and helps raise money for many benefits including The Roberto Clemente Foundation (for underprivileged children), Sisters in Survival (women with breast cancer), Juvenile Diabetes, The American Cancer Association, and with Reader’s Digest and St. Jude on Stand-Up for the Children.