Justin Lascek is a United States Special Forces soldier, a Green Beret, who was severely wounded in early 2019. After stepping on an IED, he lost both legs and testicles. This show will generally cover combat, medicine, love, music, philosophy, extremes of the human experience, and everything in between. Exploring these topics with guests will cultivate a community of growth, critical thinking, and compassion.
Popstar Nima is, first and foremost, a POPSTAR. This NSFW fella pays homage and satirizes the pop music genre with silly songs and high-quality music videos about being a gay popstar in southern California. The comedy is raunchy, but Nima is the sweetest guy. Our discussion is both silly and serious, and the second half is gold. We discuss the etiology of his popstar-ism and experiences as a gay man.
man. https://www.popstarnima.com/ https://www.youtube.com/popstarnima
In this episode I explain the concept of Speedy Brain, the anxious mindset influenced by culture, society, and social media. I describe the continuum of Speedy Brain and how to use meditation to slow it down. I also describe the acute and chronic effects of meditation, give some acute strategies for anxiety, and read a brief essay on the topic. Speedy Brain is a model for modulating our mood and emotions.
A Letter to SOF
This is an essay I wrote directed at Special Operations Forces in the United States. The purpose is to initiate a conversation in order to influence progress. The full text with PDF can be found at www.JustinLascek.com.
I dare say things are on the up and up. And it's due to consistent compassion and self care. I want to share what works because I feel in my soul it can help others. Backed up by evolution, physiology, and neuroscience, I explore the attention continuum, accumulated behavior acquisition, societal influence, the wellness model, deliberate introspection, nasal breathing, mindful meditation, and the realization of acceptance and love. If I'm insane, I don't want to be sane.
Sexual Abuse in the Military
After the tragedy of Vanessa Guillen at Ft. Hood, women in the military spoke out about similar experiences. When a woman wants to serve her country or do a professional job, she shouldn't be subjected to toxic cultures and sexual abuse. But they are. I decided to listen to many stories on social media, and these are not unique experiences. I hope through my acknowledging and denouncing this behavior it stimulates a new wave of culture in the military, because right now, it's abhorrent.
Recorded mid July.
Shawn Owen (https://francisowen.law/) is an attorney in Denver, CO and my friend for 25+ years. Before George Floyd was unjustly and horribly killed, we recorded this episode. I used Shawn as a "sounding board" for some thought models I was writing about in my journal. Generally I aimed to evaluate society, how it's organized, what may or may not be wrong with it, and what are the fundamentals to progress. I leveled the audio, but I didn't master this one.