Travel Tips and the Best Airport Chair Massage…

I travel about 100 days a year and much of that is done through airports and on airplanes. In doing so I have often looked for shortcuts, essentially using game theory to maximize my travel experience at a low cost.

Below are a few tips on maximizing your flying experience.

These taken from my book “How to Hack Your Life Through Game Thinking”.

 

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Airfare is one of the most costly investments in long-distance travel and yet if people use the right information at the appropriate time, they can save lots of cash and possibly even get paid to fly. This Hack #  offer a cornucopia of approaches to getting where you are going with tips on where to find the best deals on cheap airfare and the best time to purchase tickets, how to get frequent flyer miles and the best times to use them, what travel agents to seek out, what websites for buying tickets have the lowest or no hidden charges, and much more.

One thing I always do at the airport is getting a chair massage. www.eventschairmassage.com has massage therapists at JFK airport, Laguardia Airport and in all the major hubs.

 

   Challenge #1.  Getting cheap airfare:   The are many effective hacks for getting cheap airfare. Here are a few basic tips that anyone can apply with ease including:

   Avoid peak travel days – Those before and after an actual holiday. Look for flights two days before or after a peak or holiday period. Sometimes you can save by flying on a holiday when most people would rather be home. Flying on Xmas or New Year’s Day is always less expensive that just before or after the holidays. Compare airfares on the web and sign up for e-mail newsletters that will inform of sales and special packages. You can also become an air courier.

   Book on a weekend. Usually, they are about 5% cheaper than other days of the week. The reason? Business travelers tend to book on weekdays and the tickets are paid for by their company. Airlines attract more thrifty and price-sensitive travelers on weekends with lower fares.

   Buy tickets over the Internet.

   Only use freq. flyer mile on trips out of the US to

Hawaii to get the best return on investment.

   Fly between September and Thanksgiving

   Don’t book flights earlier than 150 days in advance or more than 14 days in advance. Generally, airlines don’t offer discounts or sales during these time periods.

   Split Ticketing – Travel agents in one country can issue tickets in another, taking advantage of differences in price at one end of a route. This facilitates “Split Ticketing” whereby you can save by combining two one-way fares for a round trip, especially in first class or business class.

   Travel frequently to a particular place?,It’s often cheaper to book a one-way ticket (or a discounted round trip) to that destination, then book a round trips from there. This is especially true in Bangkok.”

   Cheap flights in Asia: If you are flying to Asia consider starting in Bangkok, Thailand. If you buy plane tickets you can get steep discounts to other locations.

   If you are flying to a certain country, explore travel agents in neighborhoods that have a large population of individuals from that country. An agent in Astoria, Queens may get special discounts for tickets to Greece, Columbia or Bangladesh.

   If you already booked a flight and it is cheaper, later on, you may be able to call and explain the situation and get the cheaper price.

   Cheap-Caribbean.com

   Look for deals on-line for labor day travel.

    The best airline fares typically go to those who call just after midnight, East Coast time. That’s when airlines decide whether a flight is full and begin slashing prices if it’s not. Fares can drop by anywhere from $50 to $400.

 

Sources for low cost fares include:

   SmarterTravel.com

   Travelzoo.com

   Cheapflights.com

   Airfarewatchdog.com

   TravelSense.com

   Neotravel.com

   Kayak.com

   Sidestep.com

   Mobisimo.com

 

   Challenge #2. Getting the best seats on an airplane: Some seats better than others and there are ways to nab the best spots for yourself. Of course, what is considered “a best seat” will be different for different people. Let’s look at some variables. Starting with economy class.

  1. Choose a seat that allows for a slight recline feature of a few inches. Choose a bulkhead seat or emergency exit row.
  2. Flyer beware: The seats in front of an exit row and at the back of the plane do not recline. Often those behind the exit have weird window configurations.
  3. Sitting by the galley can be loud as the crew prepares food and beverages and will often meet there during quiet periods on the flight.
  4. The bathrooms are usually near the galley. Sit there and be ready for lot’s noise & people tripping over you.

 

   Challenge #3. Overhead bin availability?: While you may feel more bumps in rough air and have a long wait when disembarking, the rear of the plane is often less crowded.  For most airlines, you will need to board earlier too if you want to sit in the rear — a win if you want to make sure your carry-on luggage gets a spot. This is something to bear in mind if you are picking your seats on an online chart.

   Note: Some airlines, deliver beverage service by tray, so there are no carts in the aisle while other airlines offer what crew members call a “starburst”: Here two flight attendants with trolleys meet in the middle of the plane then work their way to the galleys. While service will come quicker for passengers sitting mid-plane, there is one challenge here – There is no getting up to use the toilet since the service carts barricade the aisle.

If you are sitting in the middle use the toilets in the airport or before service starts.

 

   Challenge #4.  If your need for comfort is greater than your need for a cheap fair first and business class may be the way to go: In first and business classes there are usually two types of seats available.

  1. Lie-flat seats that allow passengers to recline the seat down to 180-degrees for comfortable sleeping.
  2. Reclining seats known as angle seats. For Business and First class, the key feature is lie-flat seats, not ones that are on an angle. Frequent flyers call those uncomfortable angled ones ‘wedgie seats’ — Guess why?

 

    Challenge #5. Your tall or large and need more room: The good news is that you can get that extra room by sitting in the exit row. If you choose that there may be responsibilities besides eating and sleeping.  If you have proximity to an emergency exit window you may be deemed an able-bodied person (ABP). That means if an

emergency occurs and the captain calls for an evacuation, you will be responsible for helping with the process.

Depending upon the aircraft, type of emergency, and the flight attendants’ needs, some passengers may be asked to open the emergency window and assist passengers out of the plane. If you are sitting near an emergency exit door you may be asked to help open a door during the evacuation — or, once the door is open, go to the bottom of the emergency exit slide and help people off and tell them to move away from the plane.

 

    Challenge #6. Safety fears: Are you concerned with safety? Does turbulence freak you out?   Book flights that use larger planes and that fly at higher altitudes. These have less turbulence. Also sitting over the wings is smoother than sitting closer to the nose or tail.

   Safety in case of a crash? Who even wants to think of this but maybe you’re one of those “Worst-Case Scenario Life Hackers”. Are some seats safer than others? According to one survey of US Federal Aviation Administration accident records dating back almost four decades, the middle seats in the rear of the aircraft had the best statistical outcome during accidents when some people survived the crash. Generally speaking, there is no good or best place to sit on an aircraft in terms of injury prevention or survivability in an accident. Each incident is unique and accidents are extremely rare.”

If you are really paranoid take the train, a bus, drive or walk. If that is not an option remember that if there is an emergency sit near the emergency exit row. That’s why they gave it that name.  The closer you are to any emergency row, the sooner you’ll get off the plane, that is unless you’re actually in the exit row, then it’s a different story and a complex one at that.

 

   Challenge #7. Getting an empty seat next to you?  Seats in the rear of the plane and the middle seats are usually the last to be selected. The middle seat in a back row is the very last choice. Fly during a slow time (such as when school resumes in the fall), and you may end up with an unoccupied seat next to you.

 

   Challenge #8. Are You tall or Where to sit if you need to make a connection to another flight and are short of time?:  The best place to sit in this situation is near the front. If you can’t get near the front you may need to ask or even bargain with those closest to the front of the aircraft to change seats. Always carry a few $10 or even $25 gift cards and offer to pay the person with them to get that coveted seat if necessary. While some fliers who are not in a hurry will happily relocate to a still-acceptable seat (example: aisle for aisle) others may need the bribes such as the free cocktails, or even cash.  If you’re desperate (which means you are an amateur Life hacker for not planning for this)  you can ask passengers closer to the front to trade seats just for landing, but this only works if carry-ons aren’t stashed in an overhead bin in the back. Whatever you do when requesting or negotiating for a seat change, always keep a pleasant attitude and smile.

 

   Challenge #9. Painful pressure in your ears?:  There is no part of the cabin that will offer relief if you struggle with ear pressure issues (barotrauma).  The fact is that everywhere on the plane is the same regarding ear popping, as the barometric pressure is the same.

 

   Challenge #10. Food and beverage service usually starts at the front of the cabin. This can actually change on some airlines depending on whether the flight is flying east versus west or north versus south. For the premium or higher priced cabins, some airlines will allow you to pre-order meals on their website.  Specialty meals can include vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and for children. The front-to-back service can be a downside for sitting in the rear. It is not unusual on a long flight with hot meal service for the crew to run out of a popular item by the time they reach you in the back. Don’t be upset if you get a vegetarian or kosher meal that wasn’t meant for you.

 

   Challenge #11. Need to find the quietest part of the plane?: Some things you can control and other you can’t. You can’t avoid people who snore when they sleep, crying infants or boisterous and loud talkers. The quietest location is usually near the forward galley however you may encounter the problem of listening to the crew chatting. Still, seats as far up front in the cabin as possible will help you to avoid the loud aircraft engines. Even sitting towards the interior helps; aisle seats are several decibels quieter than window seats.

 

   Challenge #12. Getting cheap seats: The variables that determine this are constantly changing. Most airlines add surcharges for the best seats or create new, more expensive subcategories with names like Premium Economy or Extra Legroom. An increasing number of airlines charge to select your seat at the time of booking. Plan ahead, unless you actually want to get stuck in the back near the restrooms. Airfare pricing is more about fare class than specific seats and different airlines have different and very fluid pricing strategies. You can pretty much be assured that  if you haven’t paid extra for a premium seat, don’t have frequent flyer status or didn’t end up snagging one of the last, high priced seats on the flight, you will be vying for the basic economy seats in the middle and back of the plane.”

 

   Challenge #13. You need to change seats before your flight?:  There are a number of options here.

  1. If you do not want to be stuck in the middle seat, you may need to work with a living, breathing travel agent who can help guide the process.
  2. You can self-serve on the internet: tap into the online system when early check-in begins to see if any last minute seats opened up.
  3. Talk to an airline reservationist over the phone or a ticket counter agent at check-in.
  4. As a last resort, a gate agent has the ability to reassign seats right up until boarding time.
  5. Life Hack Tip: When requesting a seat change, always be pleasant with a smile on your face.

 

Whatever you on a plane and whatever hacks you seek to put in place to improve your lot do be generous in spirit, attitude and someone materially.  While a  smile,  a  good attitude, and chocolates may not guarantee you get what you want or need your odds of success go up. Also, always carry extra sweets as additional ammunition for goodwill from others. Bring enough to offer some to the seatmates on either side of you. You never can tell when you need to turn a stranger into a friend. Good sources for information on seating are; ExpertFlyer.com and SeatGuru.com.

 

Hack #69: Becoming an Air Courier

A courier is a person who delivers something for someone. People who deliver cars for others are a type of courier. An air courier is a specialized type of courier — an individual who acts as an agent simply by occupying a seat on a plane. This courier permits a courier company to transport time-sensitive packages by air overnight to a foreign country…

Not all courier companies own their own planes and trucks like FedEx and UPS. Courier companies move mass amounts of papers and packages. Couriers are required for goods shipped on regularly  scheduled flights because all

 

overseas flights must have a passenger for checked baggage.

When you act as an air courier you are never in danger or at risk since you generally never touch or make contact with the material you are “technically traveling with.” Thus you are not responsible in case of damage during transport. The shipped goods are insured by the company that put the courier, the package, and the plane seat together. These are known as the courier company.

There are courier companies, who solicit the public to act as couriers for them. Representatives from the company check the goods in and pick them up at the airport or you may be expected to meet a representative from the courier company when you reach at your destination and process the paperwork together at customs. The details of each trip will be explained when you arrive at check-in for departure.

Courier companies need you and since they can get you a very cheap fare, you need them as well. In exchange for being a courier, you give up the right to check in much luggage. You must, either travel with only a carry-on, so ship your suitcase ahead by mail. Thousands of people travel the world as couriers. The demand for air couriers has increased since the events of 9/11. Why do companies use couriers? There are many reasons and the more creative you are the easier it will be to discover them.

   Unaccompanied material can be detained by customs. If a shipment is stopped by customs the recipient can be charged storage fees which can increase the cost of shipping some goods.

   An efficient, cheap way to ship sensitive material.

   Certain items cannot be faxed or e-mailed such as bulky material, valuable gems, original contracts, cash payments and checks.

 

Tips for doing it right:

   If you know your schedule weeks or months in advance you can reserve the dates you want to.

   If you like to travel spontaneously or on short notice the prices to fly as a courier are even lower. Check frequently with courier companies for deals.

   If you decide to travel as an air courier on a regular basis you may want to join one of the many organization that can provide information and services for you. It is best to fly once before you join such a group. Some are better than others and many charge a membership fee. One is the International Association of Air Travel Couriers (IAATC), www.courier.org.

   Learn the best months to travel: When the prices are lowest, when the mosquito count is low, what local issues need to be concerned (is bottled water required, are beggars a problem).

   Be aware of infectious disease issues. Are vaccinations required? Should you carry malaria tablets? Antibiotics for dysentery?

 There are sites that list the air courier companies with phone numbers, and other essential contact information including contact information, destinations the courier companies deliver to and the typical rates for flights.

 

 

If you are interested in avoiding colds and flu read the following articles. Lots of great wellness tips for when you need to travel on a plan.

 

 

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If you have an interest in having a basic understanding of Applied Game Theory (and you need to) here is an interview I did with James Selman, a pioneer, and innovator in Leadership research.

 

Just click below to watch the entire interview.

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Listen here as Lewis explain the RealUGuru Project and how we can give up unnecessary struggle through visionary thinking in this insightful interview with award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes about the RealUGuru Project

 

Winning The Game Of Life: A Primer On Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory

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Lewis Harrison is the director of the professional Coaching Training Program at the International Association of Healing Professionals

 

He is the founder of the RealUGuru Project Think Tank is a is a life coach, peak performance expert, writer, mentor, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem-solving and strategizing based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to study with Lewis Harrison. Begin by reading  Lewis’ books.

If you are an entrepreneur you will want to begin with his books on game theory and business success.  Here are two basic ones to start with:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

The offerings on RealUGuru.com focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

This blog is sponsored by the New York City Chair Massage Company at  www.eventschairmassage.com, supplying stress management services to event and meeting planners for trade shows throughout the United States 

 

 

 

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Tips on Travel Insurance and Airport Chair Massage

There are 4 primary reasons to become a Master lifehacker

  1. To save money
  2. To be more effective
  3. To be more efficient
  4. To be more productive.

 

Sometimes one can be what is called “penny wise and pound foolish”,  ultimately spending much more money in the long run while saving money in the short run.

One of the areas this happens most often is with traveler’s that do not buy travel insurance. Travel insurance is important because you never know when illness or something unexpected will cause you to cancel a trip.

 

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident and other losses incurred while traveling, either internationally or domestically.

Travel insurance can usually be arranged at the time of the booking of a trip to cover exactly the duration of that trip, or a “multi-trip” policy can cover an unlimited number of trips within a set time frame. Some policies offer lower and higher medical expense options; the higher ones are chiefly for countries that have high medical costs, such as the United States.

 

What can Travel Insurance Cover?

The most common risks that are covered by travel insurance plans are:

  • Medical treatment, including transportation to the medical facility.
  • Cancellation, curtailment and trip interruption

This section covers any unused travel and or accommodation costs, pre-paid charges (including any additional travel expenses incurred, provided they are deemed reasonable and necessary) if a trip is canceled or cut short under a variety of circumstances, which may include any of the following, depending on the policy:

  • death, bodily injury, illness, disease, or pregnancy complications.
  • an official advisory against going to or remaining at the intended destination
  • jury service
  • being called as a witness
  • termination of employment (provided you did not know about it before you booked the holiday).
  • officially recommended evacuation from the intended destination
  • being called up if you are a member of the armed forces or other public defense or safety organization
  • prohibition of travel by the government to the intended destination
  • Lost, stolen or damaged baggage, personal effects or travel documents
  • compulsory quarantine
  • death or serious illness of a family member (subject to age restrictions).
  • Repatriation of remains
  • Overseas funeral expenses
  • Return of a minor
  • Hijacking
  • Trip cancellation
  • Trip interruption
  • Visitor health insurance
  • Accidental deathinjury or disablement benefit
  • Delayed baggage (and emergency replacement of essential items)
  • Flight connection was missed due to airline rescheduling or delay.
  • Travel delays due to weather

Keep in mind that medical expense coverage can be per-occurrence or maximum limit.

Optional Coverage: Some travel policies will also provide cover for additional costs, although these vary widely between providers.

In addition, often separate insurance can be purchased for specific costs such as:

 

Common exclusions Found in Most Travel Insurance

  • Pre-existing medical conditions, or traveling for the purpose of receiving medical treatment.
  • Terrorism – Most trip cancellation policies include terrorism but only when there is an act of terrorism that meets the policy’s criteria including definition, place of occurrence and date of occurrence.
  • Elective surgery or treatment
  • Injury or illness caused by alcohol, drug use, or reckless behavior.
  • War

Travel insurance can also provide helpful services, often 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can include concierge services and emergency travel assistance. Pre-existing medical conditions must be declared prior to the trip start date. In case you ignore this requirement and fall ill during your trip abroad, you may find that you are not covered. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles to treatment in state-run hospitals in EU countries and Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland but it is not a substitute for travel insurance.

One unique form of metaphorical insurance against airport and flight stress is chair massage. Every airport is likely to have a kiosk offering seated massage and on-site massage.

You can learn more about from The National Chair Massage Network – www.eventschairmassage.com

 

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a master lifehacker, writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem-solving and strategizing based on game thinking, applied game theory, and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including a presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planners, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

LifeHacking, and Ethical Thought in Problem Solving LifeHacking, and Ethical Thought in Problem Solving

I was recently at a stress management conference and there was a panel on ethics and problems solving. One of the vendors there was The New York City Chair Massage Company – www.eventschairmassage.com

This is what I learned talking to a chair massage therapist who deals with ethical issues constantly as one of the best massage therapists in New York City.

Some problems come about because we don’t understand the distinction between what is ethically right and wrong.

When I ask people about the difference between ethics and morality most do not have a distinction between these two concepts.

This distinction came to me when  I was teaching a course on hypnosis,  NLP*, stress management and leadership and someone asked if manipulating people was ethical.

This question requires more than just a yes or no answer. In my approach to problem solving and decision-making ethics and morality are different though for many social scientists they are interchangeable. It is generally agreed in most of the social sciences that morality is the study of what  makes  actions  right  and  wrong. The word ‘ethics’ is commonly used interchangeably with ‘morality’. I have always found value in applying a distinction between an individual’s sense of right and wrong (ethics) as opposed to a “group’s” definition. Ethics, in a personal sense of right and wrong may go against a morality imposed from the group onto the individual.

When strategizing to solve a problem, ethical behavior is a reflection of a person’s intent to act whereas morality becomes the rule of the game as imposed on all the players. This distinction becomes important when exploring ideas such as fair play or cheating.

There are many theories concerning morality and ethics. The practical element  of  all  this can become very tricky, and there are many ethical theories that deal with  complex  issues  related  to  perspective, duty, obligation,  personal or cultural values, codes of conduct  and social mores.

 

This is especially so when one is forced into a Zero Sum Game* where there can only be one winner.

If you enjoyed this blog you will love this book.

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Winning The Game Of Life: A Primer On Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theory

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a master lifehacker, writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNNSDH-0bZk

What is a Problem-REALLY?

 We often speak of problems but in reality there is no single definition of what a problem is. Our company www.events chairmassage.com solves some problems by using corporate chair massage to get rid of headaches and backaches.

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Other  definitions of a problem  include:

  • Any situation which is unwelcome or harmful, and which needs to be dealt with and overcome.
  • An inquiry into some question to which the answer is not obvious.
  • Some process we have chosen to engage in that is difficult to achieve or accomplish and can be described in many different ways.

The most common words used to define a problem include; jig saw puzzle, trouble, worry, hiccup, setback, catch, predicament, stumbling block, plight, misfortune, mishap, misadventure, dilemma, quandary, headache, nightmare, snag, hitch, drawback, obstacle, hurdle, nuisance, bother, pest, irritant, thorn in one’s side/flesh, vexation, drag, pain, riddle, difficult and pain in the neck.

Many of the guests at our B & B and Retreat center are looking for skills to solve problems.   The   concept  of  “a problem”   can  be   observed  from a number of perspectives. On a basic level, we can categorize a problem by;

 

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  • The type of problem it is;
  • The cause of the problem;
  • The level of difficulty required to solve the problem.

There is no one approach that is best for categorizing problems. Various problem-solving models will work best in specific situations even as many categorizing systems have been supplanted by other models or overlap with them. Nevertheless, the underlying principles remain valid – a problem is an unwelcome situation that needs to be dealt with and overcome. One thing is clear; we cannot allow a negative attitude, an attachment to short term gratification, resignation or disillusionment to interfere with the process of solving a problem.

 

One of my mentors often said, “To be disillusioned you must first have illusions”. Many problems arise because we project our own agendas onto the agendas of others with whom we feel a sense of rapport or connection. In the end, when we do this, we are often disappointed. Often it just a big puzzle.

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Often what we perceive to be clarity of thought is nothing more than wishful thinking. In order to solve a problem with the least expenditure of energy, there are a number of things to keep in mind. To begin with it is essential that one recognize that without precision, focus and timing i.e. a system, one will struggle without reason. In addition, most systems have their own critical times and resonances. The key to effectiveness in solving problems is to work with the natural timing or rhythm of a system rather than in opposition to it.

One of the basic rules of physics is that it takes more force to apply the same pressure to a wide area than to a smaller specific point.  This applies to problem solving as well.

 

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States. Also check out www.NoStressSpeaker.com

 

Below is a chair massage demo that shows techniques our corporate chair massage therapists use to massage their clients’ upper back, shoulders, and neck — using elbows and forearms, with minimal use of the thumbs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNNSDH-0bZk

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What Does KISS – “Keep it Simple, Stupid” Mean?

The Man Who Created KISS – Keep it Simple, Stupid” Kelly Johnson’s. His  14 Rules of Management

Kelly Johnson was one of the greatest aeronautical engineers of the 20th century. Johnson is sometimes cited as the originator of the KISS principle, and his famed “down-to-brass-tacks” management style was summed up by his motto, “Be quick, be quiet, and be on time” and “KISSS – Keep it simple Stupid”.He ran Skunk Works by “Kelly’s 14 Rules”: I often use his ideas in many of my businesses and it is because of his that my stress management company inclidng the Corporate Chair Massage Company  – www.eventschairmassage has been so successful.

Here are his 14 Rules:

  1. The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects. He should report to a division president or higher.
  2. Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.
  3. The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner. Use a small number of good people (10% to 25% compared to the so-called normal systems).
  4. A very simple drawing and drawing release system with great flexibility for making changes must be provided.
  5. There must be a minimum number of reports required, but important work must be recorded thoroughly.
  6. There must be a monthly cost review covering not only what has been spent and committed but also projected costs to the conclusion of the program. Don’t have the books 90 days late, and don’t surprise the customer with sudden overruns.
  7. The contractor must be delegated and must assume more than normal responsibility to get good vendor bids for subcontract on the project. Commercial bid procedures are very often better than military ones.
  8. The inspection system as currently used by the Skunk Works, which has been approved by both the Air Force and Navy, meets the intent of existing military requirements and should be used on new projects. Push more basic inspection responsibility back to subcontractors and vendors. Don’t duplicate so much inspection.
  9. The contractor must be delegated the authority to test his final product in flight. He can and must test it in the initial stages. If he doesn’t, he rapidly loses his competency to design other vehicles.
  10. The specifications applying to the hardware must be agreed to well in advance of contracting. The Skunk Works practice of having a specification section stating clearly which important military specification items will not knowingly be complied with and reasons therefore is highly recommended.
  11. Funding a program must be timely so that the contractor doesn’t have to keep running to the bank to support government projects.
  12. There must be mutual trust between the military project organization and the contractor with very close cooperation and liaison on a day-to-day basis. This cuts down misunderstanding and correspondence to an absolute minimum.
  13. Access by outsiders to the project and its personnel must be strictly controlled by appropriate security measures.
  14. Because only a few people will be used in engineering and most other areas, ways must be provided to reward good performance by pay not based on the number of personnel supervised.

Kelly had a 15th rule that he passed on by word of mouth. According to the book “Skunk Works” the 15th rule is: “Starve before doing business with the damned Navy. They don’t know what the hell they want and will drive you up a wall before they break either your heart or a more exposed part of your anatomy.”

 

All of lewis Harrison’s Books are available at www.RealUGuru.com

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Today’s management tips blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planners, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

 

Tips for Wellness Coaches

Many of those who read the RealUGuru blog are Wellness Coaches, consultants or health professionals. From 1973 to 2007 I had a private practice as a Naturopathic Practitioner in NYC. As part of this practice I had a number of Medical Doctors working with me so that I could stay on the “right side” of the law.

As part of my work we had a well-designed system of client protocols. It seems today that many Wellness Coaches have not been taught this. Here are some ideas concerning this challenge.

 

Client Protocols

  • Functional assessment – This includes traditional laboratory tests; specialized tests that quantify hormone and neurotransmitter levels; structural and postural analysis, Chinese Pulse Reading and various mental and emotional assessments.
  • Analysis and interpretation – There are two areas of inquiry required here.
  1. A review of specific symptoms.
  2. A review of testing and assessment results.

To be most effective here a team approach is recommended. This might include physicians, energy healing practitioners, nutritionists, researchers, somatic experts, naturopaths, somatic movement specialists, bodyworkers, life coaches and mental health professionals.

  • Therapy – This would be a clinical protocol that might include specific nutritional therapy and meal planning, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homeopathy, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic and/or Osteopathic Manipulation, seated or on-site chair massage, Somatic Movement Re-education, emotional counseling and life coaching, Hand-on Healing (Reiki, Polarity), meditation etc.

 

The Healing Program

Every healing program consists of three phases

  1. Entry level: The goal here is to establish a client’s baseline levels and existing chemical, structural and emotional imbalances. This is followed by a therapeutic protocol from which clinical responses can be monitored.
  2. Rebalancing: Here the client is retested to monitor the initial protocol and make adjustments as needed. This needs to be done every six to nine weeks during this phase which may last from three to nine months.
  3. Maintenance: When function has been restored, symptoms alleviated and retesting indicates that chemical, structural and emotional imbalances have been corrected then annual or semi-annual testing needs to be conducted to maintain the clients state of health.

To learn about how to be a more effective coach please read the Ebook:

 

The book can be downloaded at:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/ebooks/the-realugurus-guide-to-achieving-wealth-and-success-through-a-career-in-coaching/

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Lewis Harrison – RealUGuru, is a writer, mentor, success and wealth coach, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in problem solving and strategizing  based on game thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.

  

Don’t forget to tune to the RealUGuru Radio show every Thursday 4-6 PM EST  at WIOX 91.3 FM or on your smart device at WIOXRadio.org.

WIOX is a diverse station that broadcasts original programming including presentation from NPR, the BBC, Democracy Now etc.

If you are interested in business success in the 21st Century in the arts or in any other endeavor you need to read Lewis’ recently published business books.

You can find books on game theory and business success here:

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/building-your-business-in-the-new-digital-reality/

http://www.realuguru.com/products/printed-books/gamification-for-business/

This course and all the offerings on www.RealUGuru.com  focus on the application of applied game thinking, gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

This stress management blog is supported by a grant from Events  Chair Massage –www.EventschairMasssage.com –  a company that offers Corporate Chair Massage and Stress Management Services to meeting planner, event planners, party planners and HR for Trade show booths throughout the United States.

 

 

Corporate Chair Massage and Other Part Time Careers

Some people are just not hardwired for full time, long-term employment. They like to move around, change their hours. You might even say they have a short attention span.  So what – there are lots of lucrative career opportunities for those of a more creative and at times unfocused or mildly volatile nature. Here are 11 careers I found researching the web and in an article in the AAARP Bulletin Jan – Feb 2017.

Check out this list and see what works for you. I even tell you how to get stated and what skills you will need.

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  1. Tax- Return Preparer

Skills required: Need to be good with numbers and computers

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Contact the Big firms. Some will require you to take classes they offer in the fall.

 

  1. Ride-Hailing Driver (Uber, Lyft)

Skills required: Ability to use smart-phone Apps, good driving record, clean well operating car.

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Check the big companie’s websites

 

  1. Park Ranger and General Seasonal State Park Jobs

Skills required: Doing what needs to be done and staying out of trouble..

Time required: These jobs are usually available during the summer tourist surge.

How to get started: Go to usajobs.gov and search “national park Service’. Also checkout Aramark a company the NPS uses for many of its concessions and other facilities.

 

  1. Tax- Return Preparer

Skills required: Need to be good with numbers and computers

Time required: Usually Jan – April

How to get started: Contact the Big firms. Some will require you to take classes they offer in the fall.

 

  1. Direct Sales Person

Skills required: Believe it or not, salespeople make more money than any other profession in the world.  Al you need is a computer, internet access (The local library will have those), and a comfort level with calling strangers.  If you are very motivated, and a great networker you may want to explore multi-level or network marketing. These are legitimate companies (Not to be confused with Pyramid schemes which are illegal).

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home.

How to get started: Check the big companies websites or contact the Direct selling Association for information.

 

  1. Dog Walker, Pet Sitter, Plant Waterer

Skills required: Good sense of time and responsibility

Time required: These jobs are available all year but the peak times are summer, spring break, and holidays.

How to get started: This is usually a word of mouth business.  Of course you can post flyers or notices at the local pet shop and check out local list servers. The website TaskRabbit connects people who need help getting jobs done. You can find clients there as well.

 

  1. Retail Cashier

Skills required: Good sense of time, numbers, and responsibility

Time required: Holidays are best but stores always need cashiers. Often the pay is minimum wage and be prepared for standing for long hours and much personal contact.

How to get started: Checkout the “Older & Bolder” section of the website “CoolWorks.com”> This focuses on older workers but you might find good leads there.

 

  1. Craftworker

Skills required: A passion for creativity and arts and crafts of some form and a skills in marketing and self -promotion.

Time required: Anytime

How to get started: Either you can work for someone doing piece work or start your own craft business. If you go out on your own you will need to know where the craft fairs and “pop-up” markets are. In addition there are many online markets where crafters sell their creations. The biggest are ArtFire, Etsy and Bonanza.

 

  1. Package Couriers and Associated Positions at Delivery Companies

Skills required: Ability to lift heavy packages. There are also jobs for mail sorters, truck drivers, and floor managers.

Time required: Varies, depending upon the job

How to get started: Check the big company’s websites including UPS, FedEx and similar companies

 

  1. Casual and Air Couriers

Skills required: A casual courier is an everyday traveler who informally delivers packages for shippers. The term describes an alternative delivery practice of sending items from one place to another via independent traveler. Casual couriers usually have existing travel plans before agreeing to deliver a package for a sender. Casual couriers may receive a fee directly from the shipper for delivering a package to its destination. The casual courier’s fee is typically significantly lower than traditional overnight delivery services.  Delivery costs can be substantially reduced by using a casual courier and for the courier, carrying a package may help to subsidize the cost of a trip.

To do this you must be being a responsible person with good time management and lifehacking skills especially if flying. You must be sure that what you are transporting is legal.

Time required: These jobs are usually available anytime 365 – 24/7

How to get started:  This is usually done through networking, agencies and even Craig’s List

 

  1. Trouble-Shooter and Problem Solver

Skills required: The ability to understand and apply Big Data, Collaborative Intelligence, Design Thinking, Pattern Language, Lifehacking, StreetSmarts and Management Science. You must have great people skills, influence or access to influence and delegate to others well.

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home.

How to get started: This is pretty much what I do for a living. Solve a few problems that a lawyer, the police, a psychiatrist or Tony Soprano cannot solve and do it all legally and people will find you.

  1. Chair Massage Therapist

Skills required: Massage or Bodywork

Time required: Pick your own hours and work from home. You may need a massage or cosmetology license depending upon the state or country you are in.

How to get started: Find out state laws concerning massage. Contact companies offering corporate chair massage. They are throughout the U.S.A so if you travel you may be able to find jobs. The best places for this work is in NYC, Chicago and Las Vegas or any city with large convention centers.

 

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Lewis Harrison is the director of Events Chair Massage, a provider of chair massage and stress management services to meeting and wellness events planners.

He is the author of the classic massage book – “Hands-on Healing”. This book has been used as a textbook by students in massage and bodywork schools throughout the United States for over twenty-five tears

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

Lewis Harrison is a best a best-selling author and a teacher of corporate chair massage. His corporate chair massage company is based in NYC. Corporate chair massage offers stress management services to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States.

 

 

Investing and Game Theory

Question: What is the best way to start investing using Game Theory if you have limited financial resources?

Lewis Harrison answers:  As in any other domain using game theory to invest involves knowing how to strategize. Game theory is “the study of mathematical models of conflict and cooperation between intelligent rational decision-makers.” Game theory is mainly used in economics, investing, political science, and psychology, as well as logic, computer science, biology and poker.

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Let’s begin by exploring what it means to be an investor. To invest is to allocate money (or sometimes another resource, such as time, space, information or influence) in the expectation of some benefit in the future. In finance, the expected future benefit from investment is called a return (to investment). The return may consist of capital gain and/or investment income, including dividends,  interest, rental income etc. The economic return to an investment is the appropriately discounted value of the future returns to the investment.

Investment generally results in acquiring an asset, also called an investment. If the asset is available at a price worth investing, it is normally expected either to generate income, or to appreciate in value, so that it can be sold at a higher price (or both).

Investors generally expect higher returns from riskier investments. Financial assets range from low-risk, low-return investments, such as high-grade government bonds, to those with higher risk and higher expected commensurate reward, such as emerging markets stock investments.

Investors, particularly novices, are often advised to adopt an investment strategy and diversify their portfolio.

Diversification has the statistical effect of reducing overall risk.

To be an effective investor there are three elements that one must master:

  1. Knowing how to connect the dots accurately: We live in an interdisciplinary world. And the factors that make something a good or bad investment are complex. If you are well read in a wide range of areas you will come up with a more expansive understanding of these factors and ask a wider set of questions. This will lead to better choices as well as solutions to investment problems.
  2. Information and Influence: If your financial resources are limited you can leverage qualities like time, space and information to get you access to game changers, influencers and other “power-players.” The key element in this is getting information and merging it with clear critical thinking skills. You need to be reading the daily newspaper including specific columns. I follow the BBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, the NY Times, the Washington Post, and most of all the Economist. I also follow various news feeds such as Quartz and Digg.
  3. Break out of you own Cognitive Biases. Acognitive bias is a mistake in reasoning, evaluating, remembering, or other cognitive process, often occurring as a result of holding onto one’s preferences and beliefs regardless of contrary information. Cognitive biases will effect investment decisions because they relate to memory, reasoning, and decision-making. The more informed you are and the more you network among those with similar beliefs and interests the more cognitive bias is likely to influence your thinking. This means that in order to be an effective investor you must break out of the box and step out of the bubble into new ways of seeing the investing market-place.

 

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Lewis Harrison is a writer, content-rich, motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur specializing in game based thinking, applied game theory and Game Thinking.

Known as the RealUGuru. He is the author of over twenty-two books published in five languages.  Including the business book.

 

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In addition Lewis is a  seminar leader, futurist, NPR affiliated radio talk show (WIOXRadio.org) host, success and life coach and a best-selling author.

He is the creator of a web site – www.RealUGuru.com  that focuses on the application of gamification, decision science, positive psychology, happiness,  and visionary thinking to solve basic, complex and extreme problems. He is the creator of a free course on business success and human potential.

Here is a short interview with Lewis;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

His company www.eventschairmassage.com offers Corporate chair massage to meeting planners, event planners, association meetings and trade shows. He also offers these stress management and onsite massage services in NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Greensboro, Columbus Ohio and many other cities across the United States through www.NoStressSpeaker.com.

 

 

Cause and Effect, Karma, The Butterfly Effect and Tipping Points

I received an interesting article on cause and effect today from a friend.

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This is not a superficial subject of inquiry. I use many elements concerning cause and effect in my mentoring, speaking and teaching on game Based Thinking.

The article discussed many ideas related to cause and effect. It started with the idea of karma and moved on the quantum physics and many other ideas.

Karma essentially means that all of your actions will have equal repercussions that affect you. The basic theory is that the universe runs according to certain laws, and one of these laws is ’cause and effect.’ The laws (known as Dharma in Buddhism) decide what affect is received from a given cause. Karma is the ’cause’ part of this theory. In other words, your actions – mental, vocal and physical are your Karma (plural).  In essence, you do are rewarded or punished for what you have done. You simply receive the effect of it. There are many theories and approaches to understanding karma and your belief in one over another of these theories doesn’t mean it is true. The fact that you believe that selfless service will help ‘improve’ your Karma doesn’t mean that it will, and the belief that all of your actions will have equal repercussions affecting you may not be true either.

It seems that many who see themselves as spiritual seekers of one type or another can’t shake this need to believe in Karma. Unfortunately, it is our own mental constructs that convince us that we can observe any aspect of life and accurately distinguish between associated events and cycles of cause and effect. From a short-term perspective, we can look at our own lives and create a narrative that says, “We are affected by reactions to past actions we have taken.”  Of course, in the larger scheme of things, life is much more chaotic and messy than you would think, and even though the universe is a dance of action and reaction, there are too many other things going on that you can neither see, nor even measure.

 

In my mind and experience there is always cause and effect. Of course it is not always linear or domino like. In quantum thinking the place to begin that exploration is with Christopher Alexander and his concepts on Pattern Language (You can wiki either or both).

 

When connecting all of this to brain hemisphere integration (Right Brain/Left Brain Thinking)  the expert is the neuroscientist Julie Bolte Taylor. She had a stroke and kept notes on what was happening as the stroke unfolded. Really wild stuff!

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Here is information on her work including a TED talk.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jill_Bolte_Taylor

https://www.ted.com/speakers/jill_bolte_taylor

When exploring cause and effect in game based thinking the places I explore are not only black swan but also critical mass theory and butterfly effect

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_mass_(sociodynamics)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect

This is all exciting stuff for the visionary digital thinker.

 

Thanks for sharing my ideas.

 

Lewis

 

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

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Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

 

 

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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 This discussion took place at a small conference at a NYC hotel meeting organized by an MPI certified meeting planner. There were panels on leadership, stress management and brain functions. The event was  part of a conference on stress management.

 

Lewis was a presenter on corporate chair massage. His company – www.eventschairmassage.com –offered some stress management and corporate Chair Massage  at the break-out sessions in NYC.

 

Lewis Harrison offers stress management programs throughout the United  States. Part of this company is his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at “https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/” and invite others who might benefit.

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

Angeles, Meeting Planners Chair Massage,  Party Planners Massage,  Corporate Massage. The best chair massage in NYC, Human Potential Classes, Personal development Courses, Mental health

 

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

 

 

 

Order his book by clicking below:

http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Not-Religious-Sacred-AskLewis-com/dp/1499150547

 

 

Or type these words on you search engine subject line “spiritual not religious Harrison amazon”

 

You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

 

Lewis Harrison offers stress management programs throughout the United  States. Part of this company is his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

 

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If you are a social networker please “Friend” me, Lewis Harrison on face book “Like”  my page at “https://www.facebook.com/AskLewis/” and invite others who might benefit.

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

Angeles, Meeting Planners Chair Massage,  Party Planners Massage,  Corporate Massage. The best chair massage in NYC, Human Potential Classes, Personal development Courses, Mental health

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Zen, Business Success and Stress Management

 Zen is a practice that deals with the concept of deep awareness and wisdom  through intuition during meditation, and the application of all this in daily life including in business success

Zen defies definition. It is a philosophy of non-philosophy, an intellectually guided practice of anti-intellectualism, and the un-measurable science of non-being. The practice of Zen is the pursuit of various techniques, chiefly Zazen meditation and the study of kōan, which are designed to confound the logical, rational mind in order to trigger or shock the mind into experiencing states of enlightened awareness.

 

It is rooted in the most profound elements of intuition and life itself, and the facts of unfettered experience. It transcends the dogmas of traditional religious rites and rituals and focuses on cutting through the veil of the unfocused mind to the core, inherent nature of man.

 

Many Westerners are confused by Zen for they assume it is a religion but this is not so. According to the greatly respected Zen Master D.T. Suzuki “It is not a religion in the sense that the term is popularly understood; for Zen has no God to worship, no ceremonial rites to observe, no future abode to which the dead are destined, and, last of all, Zen has no soul whose welfare is to be looked after by somebody else…

 

The attraction of Zen to the spiritual seeker is because it is chiefly concerned with the concept of ‘being’. In the West “Being” has usually been the concern of science, mathematics, and  defining and measuring the tangible world around us in order to create a universal model of reality.  Zen is born out the eastern idea of ‘non- being’, which is best understood as the negation of absolute definitions, and eschews attachment to the world of measurement and form in favor of a practice of non-attachment. It is a pure experience of the world than is expressed often through different systems of philosophy, ethics and esthetics in the eastern world.

 

We were recently offering a seminar on stress management at the Catskills Bed and Breakfast  – www.TheCatskillsbedandBreakfast.com – in Stamford NY. During the breakout sessions we offered stress management seminars that including creative visualization, spirituality in business and onsite chair massage

The question came up. What is Zen?

There is no simple answer to what Zen is? What is known is that its practice leads to a state of knowing that is authentic, unfettered, and expresses one’s actualization. In this state of awareness one has less stress, less anxiety, less greed, and less concern for the mistakes of the past or expectations for the future.

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Click below to observe a nine minute video interview Lewis  did with the Award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes on why  people suffer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zp4DtXpPBeM

 

 

Lewis Harrison is the author of sixteen books including

 

Ask Lewis

“Spiritual, Not Religious: Sacred Tools for Modern Times” a book of  concerned with personal development, human potential, stress reduction and business excellence.

 

 

 

 

Order his book by clicking below:

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You can reach him at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

Lewis offers stress management programs throughout the United  States. Part of this company is  his corporate chair massage company, eventschairmassage.com provides seated and chair massage for stress management seminars and trainings as well to special events for  meeting planners and meeting professionals in New York City, New Jersey Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Greensboro NC, Florida and other major meeting and conventions venues.

 

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Lewis Harrison speaks to organizations and businesses of all types and offers seminars throughout the world on his work on the art and science of decision making through spiritually motivated  “Game Based Thinking”

 

He also offers private fee based coaching programs. 

Call him at 212-724-8782 for more information.

 

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