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My name is Chris Irwin. I’m a Navy SEAL veteran who struggled for over a decade with mental and chronic illness problems. Throughout that journey, I saw dozens of practitioners, tried all sorts of unorthodox therapies, ingested thousands of supplements, and read countless books. It was an experience that taught me one critical lesson—the extent to which recovering was within the power of my mind and learning to train it just like my body.

I founded RARE SENSE to share this approach with others, including veterans, first responders, frontline workers, and anyone who struggles with or wants to level up their mental health. If you feel broken, powerless, or alone, you’ve come to the right place. Treating invisible wounds, decoding mysterious conditions, and ultimately thriving are all possible with the proper mental training regimen. However, creating one tailored to your needs can be daunting. RARE SENSE will help you figure it out.

I publish all content on Substack, and it's broken into four categories:

  1. TRAINING. Instruction on meditation, breathwork, journaling, problem-solving, skills-based learning, and numerous other practices to help overcome conditions like anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

  2. ARTICLES. Deep dives into the theory behind these exercises, related best practices, and why they can drastically improve your quality of life.

  3. BOOKS. Recommendations to go even deeper into these topics.

  4. PODCAST. The conversations that must be had with those struggling and those trying to improve the mental health of others.


I am incredibly passionate about the pursuit of mind fitness after seeing the positive effects it had on my own life. I hope it will do the same for you. If you are interested in learning how, please subscribe!

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