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8 minutes | Apr 2, 2018
What Makes Humans Special?
We are the only species that can take care of all the other species. We are the only ones who can both preserve and destroy the entire world. We are the only ones that can consciously guide and control our body, breath and mind We are the only ones that can consciously relax and repair our body and mind. What happens when we do this? What are the benefits? Why bother?
7 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
Fear Is The Cheapest Room
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I’d rather see you in better living conditions. —Hafiz, Persian poet, 1315-1390 Today, Blair helps us acknowledge that most of us are already out of our comfort zone. Many teachers of self-improvement in the years past have encouraged their students to step up and get out of our “comfort zone.” Blair believes most of us are already there or beyond. The Next Zone can be the solution to our fears of the day. In business, it is called “The Zone of Proximal Development,” which Danny Iny or Mirasee.com defines as, “the area that’s beyond what you can do alone, but where you can perform successfully with the help or guidance of a coach or teacher.” If fear is the cheapest room in the house…. Rather than paying for coaching, Blair offers up the most affordable (cheapest solution) to fear…take a listen.
2 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
Do We Really Have Time to Hate?
In this week’s Podcast, Blair recalls a story from his friend Fr. Joe Pereira on a conversation between Mother Teresa and some reporters. The story may be one you have heard before, but it’s a good reminder for us to contemplate in our daily lives.
8 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
A Choice of Attitude
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Man’s Search For Meaning, By Viktor E. Frankl Nowadays I hear many stories of people getting thrown a curve ball, when plans are changed without their permission. Like the flight that’s too late and causes you to miss an important business engagement, or when you wanted to spend time relaxing and rejuvenating and instead you need to clean up a mess from a flooded basement. We know there’s nothing we can do to stop the winds of change, however, we can use those turbulent times to grow. We can retrain ourselves to see unexpected change and loss as an opportunity study ourselves and move ourselves closer to freedom. We really never know what will happen next and we don’t always know if we’re making the right decision, but we do know that with attention and steadiness, we can help make the situation turn out alright. We have a chance to reconsider, re-group, or re-appraise the situation and develop a plan B. Here’s how our brain anatomy helps us with this transformational task: The prefrontal cortex is our brain’s CEO. It allows us to make choices when presented with two different perspectives. The amygdala is our vigilant center, helping us decide when something could be harmful and therefore needs attention or if something is rather neutral and doesn’t need our immediate response. Through continued practice of paying attention to our breath or mantra, we enhance the connection between these more discerning powers. Overtime lessening the grip of our necessary, but fear based, amygdala.
5 minutes | Feb 26, 2018
Running Toward the Familiar
It is natural for your mind to choose the habit or situation that is most familiar, even if it’s a habit or situation that is not desirable. It’s just easier to chose the path that is the easiest and fastest to understand, rather than to struggle with the unfamiliar. It is possible to overcome this tendency of the mind, and it takes a multi-level approach. Today’s podcast sheds some light on the the tendencies of the mind and how to overcome them.
7 minutes | Feb 19, 2018
Rest & Relaxation For Social Change
We are living in a time of heightened social unrest and unpredictable behavior. As we witness shocking events going on all over the world, and here in our own communities, we are slowly picking up the residue of anxiety, fear, powerlessness and hopelessness. Even when the news seems overwhelming, we do not have to succumb to these forces. There are two things that we can do today, and everyday, to cleanse our body and our mind of these built up emotions in order to fortify our resilience: Rest and Relax. When our bodies and minds are calm and clear, we will be able to more easily navigate the bumpy roller coaster ride ahead. Please listen to Blair discuss the scientific process of both rest and relaxation and how using these tools are the foundation in building sustainable social change.
6 minutes | Feb 5, 2018
Homeopathy for Greater Clarity
Although homeopathic remedies can often times help with physical ailments, there is maybe a lesser known application. When you are searching to expand your self understanding, and more mental clarity is needed to reach these goals, homeopathy might be the answer. Listen today as Blair discusses his more than 40 years experience as a classical homeopath, and how he uses this tool to help his clients find the clarity they seek.
13 minutes | Jan 29, 2018
Life Is More Important Than Solving A Problem
Happiness is a science, a psychology and a philosophy. It is a non-treatment model. When someone comes with a problem, they think they should not have that problem. They want to make it go away. Their mind fixates on the idea that they have a problem. That mindset is too ingrained into our culture. This may be a new concept, so please listen as Blair explains his approach to personal wellness and happiness.
11 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
We are Unfamiliar With Ourselves
Blair starts this week by stating that we don’t really understand our true human nature. This is why we continue to get caught in cycles of suffering. Once we know our true nature, our great clarity and our peacefulness, we recognize that we need to organize our lives in some specific ways. Listen as Blair shares some initial steps to reveal this greater clarity in our lives.
14 minutes | Jan 15, 2018
Creating A Prototype Of Your New Life
As the New Year rolls out, Blair talks about creating a prototype of your new life. The complexity of our world reveals great opportunity to live a life of our own design. This concept was placed in Blair’s heart when his teacher told him, “You are the architect of your life and you decide your destiny.” Relationships are the fastest way to discover our areas needing growth and refinement. Triggers, or what bothers us about other people, can be a window to the inner issues of our own mind. What does ‘being annoyed’ tell you about you? Fellowship is essential to all growth and the essence of fellowship is humanitarian service. “Service to others is the fountain of all growth and the compass to your soul.” Blair Lewis
9 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Freedom In This World, Not From It
We are social scientists that are trying to make it through this world in a way that uplifts us, and that resolves that which other techniques couldn’t resolve. There is no need to escape and there is no escape… we have to go through this. Why not go through it together? Do you want to how? Listen to my podcast today for details about what we are planning.
9 minutes | Dec 25, 2017
What If Wall Street Went Mental? Part Three
What if all the techniques that are used in the marketing, advertising, and business world to bring them success were applied to the mental health, physical health and spiritual health arena? What would that look like? Listen to Blair share his ideas on the topic, in this third recording in a three-part series.
6 minutes | Dec 18, 2017
What If Wall Street Went Mental? Part Two
What if all the techniques that are used in the marketing, advertising, and business world to bring them success were applied to the mental health, physical health and spiritual health arena? What would that look like? Listen to Blair share his ideas on the topic, in this second recording in a three-part series.
4 minutes | Dec 11, 2017
What If Wall Street Went Mental? Part One
What if all the techniques that are used in the marketing, advertising, and business world to bring them success were applied to the mental health, physical health and spiritual health arena? What would that look like? Listen to Blair share his ideas on the topic, in this first recording in a three-part series.
3 minutes | Nov 20, 2017
Learn To Differ Well
With Thanksgiving at our doorstep, and a number of holiday gatherings with co-workers, family and friends sprinkled throughout the coming weeks, it may be uncomfortable for you to consider all the conversations you will be having with people who have very different views than you do. There is no better time to practice kindness and learn how to differ well with the people in our lives.
7 minutes | Nov 13, 2017
4 Ways We Let The Mind Misguide Us
If we are really going to regain our courage and confidence, we will need to acknowledge some irrefutable facts about our relationship with our mind: 1. We are heavily dependent upon our mind until we step back and acknowledge our own existence. 2. The mind is the center of our world until we learn to relax past it. 3. We actively refuse to listen to the guidance of our own conscience. 4. We cannot think our way out of a prison made of thoughts, and yet we try to do just that. Our reluctance to embrace and embody the wisdom of our conscience can be solved and resolved. Gaining freedom from our old mind and staying true to our new forward momentum requires vigilance and inspired fellowship. This is very important because our loyalty to our painful past and distorted self-identity is much stronger than we imagined. To succeed in life, we will need to simplify our life by protecting our mind and senses from useless damage and distractions.
5 minutes | Nov 6, 2017
Stealing the Future (Podcast 92)
In pondering ways to live a more inspired life, today Blair discusses the act of theft and it’s effect on us all. Stealing in the most obvious sense, like a wallet or a store item, to stealing more ambiguous things like time or natural resources. Please ponder and enjoy.
2 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
5 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Breathing Away Momentum
If you’ve ever witnessed a shocking sight, or experienced a startling event, you may have noticed a shortening of your breath pattern. The first 24 hours after such an event is the best time to sit down and pay attention to your breath while working on re-lengthening it and making it long and smooth again. By doing this, you are weakening the mental impression of what startled you, and preventing it from having an effect on your physiology. Today Blair shares a story from his own experience to help explain this phenomenon further.
6 minutes | Oct 16, 2017
Sometimes the Answer is “Know”
In seeking healing, wholeness, or happiness we have a tendency to rush. We have expectations about what these things are supposed to look like, and expectations about what time frame they are supposed to present themselves. Sometimes total healing is not always an options, but it is still important to seek out healing, improvement and knowledge in whatever forms we have access to. We invite you to listen to today’s insightful commentary by Blair.
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