Zen Sammich with Mark Reid, J.D.

Zen Sammich is a podcast for the independent thinker and anyone who embraces life despite its absurdities. Former professor and lawyer turned Japanese paper maker, Mark Reid, inspires mindfulness, humor, and a realistic 21st century “Zen lifestyle.” Join him as he talks with creative, inspiring, and influential people. Or, as he shares his own personal research, observing the socially constructed mess of reality, sharing travel stories, and exploring what it means to be alive in the modern world. The goal is to make your world a little better today than it was yesterday.

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Using Fear As Fuel | Ep. #95

This is the final episode of a 3-part series examining our fears. In the first two parts, the discussion focused on identifying our fears and getting over and beyond them. In this episode, the focus is on the positive side of fear – that is, how to utilize our fears to make us stronger, smarter, and better people.

Jim Jacobs, David Lomax, Angelique Stidhum, Kevin Reynolds, Christine Meyer, and Ben Currier all contribute to the conclusion of this series.

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How To Get Over It and Through It | Ep. #94

From facing your fears to trusting your intuition, five separate strategies for dealing with the obstacles and fears that we inevitably face throughout our lives.

In separate interviews, Jim Jacobs, Christine Meyer, Michelle Ensuque, Dr. Anna Zakrisson, and Dennis Pitocco discuss how they moved through their fears and how they employ these techniques to this day.

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Dealing With Our Fears | Ep. #93

What is the greatest fear you have ever faced? From the financial to the tangible and physical, six individuals share their stories of when they faced and got through their worst fears.

Featured on this episode (part one of a series) are: Michelle Ensuque, David Lomax, Dennis Pitocco, Jim Jacobs, Dr. Anna Zakrisson, and Kevin Reynolds.

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It's All About Character | Ep. #92

Massimo Pigliucci returns! A professor of philosophy at City College of New York, author of 16 books, TEDx speaker, and one of the driving forces of the resurgence of Stoicism in the U.S., it is always a fascinating conversation with Professor Pigliucci.

His latest book is entitled “The Quest for Character.” You can get it on Amazon or at his website – where you can get a wealth of information about him and Stoicism and so much more – at: massimopigliucci.org

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Screws Fall Out All The Time | Ep. #91

The world is an imperfect place, but we can get a little closer to business and life perfection by reading one of Chris Clews’s books. He is the author of two books on business lessons to be gleaned from 80s movies, with a third book due very soon on life lessons from the 80s.

If you appreciate 80s movies, music, and other pop culture from this incomparable decade, then you will enjoy this conversation.

You can purchase his first two books and pre-order his third at chrisclews.com. You can also find out where to follow Chris on social media there.

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Is This As Good As It Gets? | Ep. #90

From the experience of her mother’s suicide to her own struggles with depression, you might presume Michelle Ensuque would be a gloomy person. You’d be wrong.

Michelle’s never-give-up personality and work ethic led her through quite an interesting journey of life and continues to do so. Leading her to question at one point: “Is this as good as it gets?”

Tough topics on this episode: Suicide, Depression, NLP, and Solutions. So much packed into this story. Hear her tell it from her home in the south of France.

You can follow Michelle Ensuque on Linkedin.

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What Would Ted Lasso Do? | Ep. #89

You may or may not know who Ted Lasso is, and that isn’t really important. However, it is worth taking a closer look at the example he demonstrates of how to be a good person in a hostile environment.

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Dealing With Daily Chaos | Ep. #88

We all encounter some form of chaos in our daily routine from time to time: Unexpected work requests; text messages or emails when you feel you have no time to reply; annoying notifications on your phone. And on and on and on.

So, Zen Sammich explores how to deal with this kind of day-to-day chaos without getting stressed out or frustrated.

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"That Blind Woman" from New Zealand | Ep. #85

Julie Woods partially lost her sight at 18, then became fully blind at 31. This interview will make you grateful for more than just your vision.

So much more in this episode. Learn how a blind person cooks and how one referees a nude touch rugby game. Yes, really.

You can also contact Julie to have your name written in braille. She is on a mission to write one million names in braille.

Find out more at thatblindwoman.co.nz.

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