99 episodes

The Think Act Be podcast features conversations about living more fully. Guests from a wide range of backgrounds share their expertise on ways to nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits: What thoughts serve us well? What actions promote well-being? How can we be more fully engaged in our day-to-day lives? Each week we'll explore a different angle on what it means to connect with what we value.

Think Act Be: Aligning thought, action, and presence Seth J. Gillihan, PhD: Clinical Psychologist, Author, Blogger

    • Health & Fitness
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The Think Act Be podcast features conversations about living more fully. Guests from a wide range of backgrounds share their expertise on ways to nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits: What thoughts serve us well? What actions promote well-being? How can we be more fully engaged in our day-to-day lives? Each week we'll explore a different angle on what it means to connect with what we value.

    Ep. 97: Worthy Stokes — How to Embrace the Healing Power of Human Presence

    Ep. 97: Worthy Stokes — How to Embrace the Healing Power of Human Presence

    My guest this week is Worthy Stokes, author of The Daily Meditation Book of Healing: 365 Reflections for Positivity, Peace, and Prosperity (affiliate link). I got so much out of this discussion with Worthy. She had a near-death experience a few years ago that opened her eyes to the full reality of who she is.

    A lot of what I love about her perspective is that she fully values all parts of our experience—our bodies, our minds, our spirits, our souls. The full range of what it means to be a human. We talked about allowing ourselves to be deeply human. We explored ways to manage anxiety. And we thought a lot together about what it means to heal. Does it mean that we have to regain complete physical functioning? Or is there a kind of full healing available even when we continue to struggle with symptoms? Toward the end of our conversation, she offered a simple but powerful listening exercise. Other topics we touched on included:

    What it means to be a “presence activist”

    The transformational energy in presence

    Using mindful presence to harness the creative energy of the mind

    Not valuing the spiritual above other parts of ourselves and our experience

    My guest’s near-death experience in 2014

    Devaluing our human experience and overvaluing our “soul essence”

    Spiritual materialism

    Allowing ourselves to be deeply human

    The spiritual experience of simply being more fully what we already are

    The drawbacks in saying that any part of our experience is more important than another

    Questioning who the “I” is who has experiences

    The three closely connected spheres of intelligence that Worthy experienced during her NDE:

    Self as a soul, or the luminous ribbon of consciousness – free of identity, personality, gender, culture

    Personality, with signatures of feelings, body, gender, cultural shape

    Her one particular lifetime

    Richard Brown's teaching that we are mostly made of space

    See this book: The Healing Power of the Breath (affiliate link)

    My guest’s views on God

    How we can recognize the magnitude of what we are

    Finding calm by diving deep into ourselves

    How to manage anxiety

    Remembering that there’s a part of us that is untouched by this life

    What it means to heal

    Healing as aligning with our reality, or healing our relationship with this life

    Giving ourselves permission to let our hearts break

    The wisdom of doing less

    A powerful listening exercise that’s easy to do

    Worthy Stokes is originally from Montana, and divides her time between there and New York City.

    She is the creator of HeartMind Meditations, which she developed after surviving a nearly fatal brain injury when she was hit by a passenger van. You’ll hear her describe what happened.

    Worthy beat the odds and survived. Her primary contemplative focus is trauma-competent mindfulness. As a survivor of traumatic brain injury, her rich understanding of posttraumatic growth is informed by her personal experience of debilitating tragedy, and the life-affirming journey of renewal that came after.

    And yes, “Worthy” is her given name. She was named for her grandfather, Dr. Worthy, who was a gifted physician.

    Find Worthy online at her website and on Instagram.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 96: Ashley James — How to Effectively Lower Stress and Manage Anxiety

    Ep. 96: Ashley James — How to Effectively Lower Stress and Manage Anxiety

    My guest this week is Ashley James. Ashley actually had me on her podcast a few weeks ago.  We had planned to focus on anxiety in this episode, which we did spend a good bit of time talking about. But we also talked a lot about general health and nutrition, and the important role of diet in our physical and mental health.

    This is a topic that’s gotten a lot more attention in recent years. For some reason it was quite controversial for a long time to suggest that what we put in our mouths could affect our minds and spirits, and could contribute to conditions like anxiety and depression. But now that the research studies are being done, we’re starting to realize how important diet can be—not just for our physical health, but for our overall well-being.

    We also talked a lot about the body’s stress response and the release of cortisol through the HPA axis, and of adrenaline through our sympathetic nervous system (our body’s fight-or-flight stress system). And in the second half of our discussion, Ashley offers a simple technique that can lower anxiety and turn down the stress response. Other topics we explored included:

    The many chronic conditions Ashley recovered from

    Taking responsibility for our own health

    The tendency to move toward what we’re focused on, even if it’s what we don’t want

    Dr. Peter D'adamo's bestselling book Eat Right for Your Blood Type (affiliate link)

    The premise of eating in line with our genetic history

    What adrenal fatigue is

    The three phases of the stress response: Alarm, Resistance, Exhaustion

    The benefits Ashley found from eating all organic food

    How we often beat ourselves up for our health struggles

    The body’s ability to heal itself, given the right conditions

    What triggers anxiety

    The role of diet in anxiety

    The focus of anxiety on what we don’t want to happen in the future

    The importance of magnesium for healthy physiological processes

    A cognitive technique for lowering anxiety

    Focusing on what we want vs. what we don’t want

    How we’re not fully ourselves in stress mode

    How the body diverts resources for survival in times of stress

    The possible danger in trying to get rid of anxiety

    What to do if anxiety reduction techniques don’t work

    Ashley James is a master practitioner and trainer of neurolinguistics programming (NLP), and also practices time line therapy, hypnosis, and coaching.

    As a reiki master, she has taught healers how to incorporate energy work into their practice.

    Ashley hosts the Learn True Health podcast, which connects listeners with experts, naturopaths, and holistic health practitioners.

    Find Ashley online at the Live True Health website and join her group on Facebook.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 95: Robert Dilenschneider — How to Take Responsibility for Your Most Important Decisions

    Ep. 95: Robert Dilenschneider — How to Take Responsibility for Your Most Important Decisions

    My guest this week is Robert Dilenschneider, author of the recent book Decisions: Practical Advice from 23 Men and Women Who Changed the World (affiliate link). Bob had some really important things to say about this moment we find ourselves in, with the many problems we’re facing. A global pandemic, economic turmoil, and now the pain and upheaval following the deaths of George Floyd and other Black men and women in the US at the hands of the police.

    These events have compelled all of us to take a closer look at the inequality and racism we may have taken for granted. So what Bob says here is really important. He asserts that each of us needs to take responsibility for the good and the bad in society. And we need to take personal responsibility for addressing societal problems.

    I realized I’d been sitting on the sidelines on issues of racism and inequality. I’d unconsciously assumed I was one of the good guys and was doing enough by silently opposing these things, and I’ve avoided really joining the conversation out of fear of saying the wrong thing and embarrassing myself. To be honest, I didn’t want to come across as an out-of-touch White guy.

    But through recent conversations I’ve realized that my fear was getting in the way of taking responsibility for working toward equality and justice. And these conversations, while uncomfortable, have been incredibly humanizing and instructive. So I look forward to playing a more active role here and taking some risks in order to learn and grow and do what I can. I hope all of us can move from fear to love as we build a more just society, and repair our bonds with those who are different from us.

    Topics that Bob and I discussed together included:

    Why making good decisions now is more important than ever

    The dramatic changes that are happening in our world

    The limited opportunities that many find

    Taking responsibility for the good and the bad in our society

    Taking responsibility for addressing societal problems

    The importance of focusing on the process of making a decision

    How to make decisions related to the coronavirus pandemic

    How to forgive ourselves when decisions turn out badly

    Learning to make good decisions from the examples of others

    What a no-choice decision is

    The major decision that Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring (affiliate link), faced

    The importance of being open to serendipity

    Doing something that makes a positive difference in people’s lives

    Working out of self-interest vs. for the benefit of others

    Here's the link to the Ross Gay article I mentioned in the introduction. I definitely encourage you to read it: Some Thoughts on Mercy. (Ross was a guest on the podcast.)

    Robert Dilenschneider is the founder and principal of the Dilenschneider Group, which provides strategic advice and counsel to Fortune 500 companies and individuals around the world. Before that he was president and CEO of Hill and Knowlton, Inc., from 1986 to 1991.

    Bob completed his BA at Notre Dame and earned an MA in journalism from The Ohio State University. He has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations, and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, and consumer groups, among others.

    In 2012 the Dilenschneider Group established the Civility in America Lecture Series, which features many of the nation’s leading thinkers from a wide variety of professions and provides a perspective on what must be done to restore civility in our country.

    Bob is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, and he’s also served on numerous corporate boards. He’s the author of 14 books, including 50 Plus!

    • 30 min
    Ep. 94: Nick Davies — How to Create a Life You Love One Step at a Time

    Ep. 94: Nick Davies — How to Create a Life You Love One Step at a Time

    My guest this week is business and career coach Nick Davies. As you’ll hear, Nick is from England, though he’s currently living in the States. I really enjoyed talking with Nick, not only because he’s easy to listen to, but because he speaks very clearly about principles that we find in cognitive behavioral therapy.

    He and I talked about things like how to develop better habits, learning to recognize the stories we tell ourselves, and the importance of a compelling Why for our goals. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of value in this conversation. Topics we discussed included:

    Nick’s work as a “practical psychologist”

    My impactful conversation with Doug Holt (a previous podcast guest)

    What makes for a really effective business or personal coach

    What led Nick from banking to coaching

    Recognizing the choice we all have in how we live our lives

    The sometimes long process of discovering what happiness is about

    How to become more aware of our thought processes

    Learning to recognize the stories we tell ourselves

    Finding your purpose vs. creating the life you want

    The innate ability all of us have to find passion

    How to develop new, more helpful habits

    What the scope of our goals reveals about our beliefs

    Finding the motivation to catalyze important change

    The interplay between our thoughts and behaviors

    The value in breaking down tasks into the smallest steps necessary

    The importance of reminding ourselves of the “Why” for our goals

    Complexity as the enemy of execution

    How to deal with stress, anxiety, and uncertainty

    Finding opportunities in the midst of crisis, including the COVID pandemic

    Nick offers a free assessment on his website, available here: Awareness Assessment.

    I described making broccoli sprouts at one point in our conversation; here’s the video that taught me how to do it: How to Make Broccoli Sprouts. And these are the lids I use: Set of 4 Stainless Steel Sprouting Jar Lid Kit (affiliate link). Please note that you’ll need wide-mouthed canning jars, too.

    Nick Davies is a business and career coach, with 20 years of background in financial services. Originally from London, England, Nick has also lived and worked in the Philippines, Florida, New York, and now calls Charlotte, North Carolina, home.

    Over the last four years, Nick has shifted his focus, and now finds his purpose in helping people and businesses through coaching. He is trained through Tony Robbins coaching and is also a certified health coach.

    Find Nick online at his website, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

    • 51 min
    Ep. 93: Dr. Adam Meadows — A Prescription for Finding Faith, Trust, and Love

    Ep. 93: Dr. Adam Meadows — A Prescription for Finding Faith, Trust, and Love

    My guest this week is psychiatrist Dr. Adam Meadows, author of the recent book, A Prescription for Living with Purpose: Maintaining Hope, Healing, & Connection as You Create the Life You Were Destined to Live (affiliate link). It was great to catch up with Adam and hear his passion for changing lives, including his own.

    I’ve known Adam for about 10 years, and I've enjoyed seeing the direction he’s pursued since leaving Penn, where we met. In this episode we talked about faith, trust, the importance of daily habits, and how to tell the divine voice of intuition from the voice of self or ego. We also discussed:

    What inspired Adam to write A Prescription for Living with Purpose

    Understanding who we are and what we are called to do

    The personal crisis Adam experienced on a cruise

    Going below the surface to understand the true state of our lives

    Looking for an external fix to an internal problem

    The disciplines Adam developed through his crisis

    Discovering anchoring habits and what makes us come alive

    The value in a morning routine for setting the tone for your day

    Priming your energy in a healthy direction

    The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod (affiliate link)

    Finding “leverage points” in our day to direct our course most effectively

    The non-linear evolution of Adam’s spirituality

    Recognizing spiritual “coincidences” or “divine synchronicities”

    The shift in how both Adam and I think about God

    Four healthy human practices: love, nonjudgment, noninterference, and acceptance

    Letting go and trusting that there is something bigger than us

    The many ways we can practice mindful presence and awareness

    Why it’s important to remember that we’re not alone

    Adam Meadows, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist working at Skyland Trail, a psychiatric treatment center in Atlanta. His clinical interests include mood disorders, adult ADHD, and mental health concerns affecting college and graduate students.

    Adam previously served as the medical director of psychiatry and behavioral health for WellStar Health System. He graduated summa cum laude from Andrews University, and got his MD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

    He completed his psychiatry residence at the University of Pennsylvania, where I was on the faculty at the time, and he served as chief resident in his final year. In recent years, Adam has pursued opportunities related to leadership development and public speaking.

    As you’ll hear, he’s passionate about making a positive impact in people’s lives, and is committed to efforts to improve social dialogue and reduce stigma around mental health issues.

    Find Adam online on Facebook and Instagram.

    • 40 min
    Ep. 92: Kevin Hancock — How to Own, Love, and Share Your Unique Voice

    Ep. 92: Kevin Hancock — How to Own, Love, and Share Your Unique Voice

    My guest this week is Kevin Hancock, author of the recent book, The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership (affiliate link). I loved this conversation with Kevin. There were so many profound points that emerged as we explored what it means to find our voice, and to be heard.

    This topic is close to my heart for several reasons, including my own history of vocal difficulties and throat surgery. As you’ll hear, Kevin has dealt with a rare neurological condition that affects his voice, and now he completely embraces and owns his unique voice as he encourages others to embrace their own voice. I know you’ll get a lot out of this discussion. Topics we covered included:

    Kevin’s interest in indigenous cultures

    What the seventh power is

    Shared leadership as respect for all voices

    Kevin’s experience of spasmodic dysphonia

    How his voice condition led him to a different model of leadership

    The intersection of my history of vocal difficulties and my guest’s experience

    How easy it is to take the voice for granted

    What it’s like to not feel authentically heard, broadly defined

    What if everybody on earth felt trusted, respected, valued, and heard?

    What is the purpose of a human life on earth?

    The quest to self-actualize (see this previous episode with author and psychologist Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman: How to Transcend Fear, Anxiety, & Uncertainty)

    Identifying, loving, owning, and gifting one’s unique voice

    Seeing his condition as a gift, not an outside invader

    Recognizing that your voice is perfect exactly as it is

    Listening for understanding, not judgment

    What it means to heal

    Why simply being present is a pathway to change

    Dealing with frustration and feeling sorry for ourselves

    What keeps my guest going

    The importance of the questions we ask ourselves and the intentions we set

    The precept “Know thyself”

    Why specific places can help us find our voice

    Finding your own path and what brings you alive—regardless of what others might think

    I hope this conversation inspires you to love and share your own unique voice.

    Kevin Hancock is an award-winning author, speaker, and CEO of Hancock Lumber Company. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores, 3 sawmills and a truss plant. The company also grows trees on 12,000 acres of timberland in Southern Maine and is led by its 550 employees.

    Hancock Lumber is a six-time recipient of the ‘Best Places to Work in Maine’ award. The company is also a recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence, the MITC ‘Exporter of the Year’ award, and the Pro-Sales national dealer of the year.

    Kevin is a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association. He is also a recipient of the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat For Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Boy Scouts of America ‘Distinguished Citizen’ Award, and Timber Processing Magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ Award.

    Kevin’s first book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse (affiliate link) won three national book awards.  He is a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community—through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.

    Kevin is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and lives in Maine with his wife Alison. Find him on his website and Facebook follow him on Instagram.

    • 52 min

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