Overcoming Isolation

Most of us have felt isolated at least once in our lives. With the current pandemic situation, the feeling is amplified. When we experience emotions associated with isolation, we broadcast them beyond us and affect those around us. In this segment, Shamir discusses how to work with feelings of isolation from inside out

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Pandemic of the Panicked

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in stress and anxiety for the masses. Stress will result in suppressing the body's ability to counter diseases and virus invaders. In this segment Shamir provides an approach to help individuals overcome darkness and anxiety caused by social media and news media outlets. Access online resources on demand at ifio.teachable.com

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Your Imperfection is Your Superpower

We've all been there. Shamir has been struggling with obesity and related health issues for as long as he can remember. He is in a better place now and can reflect upon his prior state objectively. Being obese, he learned how to distract others from paying attention to his body shape by making others laugh and entertaining them. These talents followed him in his career as he eventually became a Vice-President of a Fortune 500 company and a two-time award-winning stage actor.

The imperfections you perceive in yourself and in others are actually superpowers!

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The Power of Placebo and Nocebo

What do prayers, teddy bears and ratty old blankets have in common? They provide a warm safe feeling to those who clutch tightly to these. Will a teddy bear ward off an intruder in the night? likely not, but the child will sleep better just from the safe feeling he/she/they get from the placebo effect. In this segment, Shamir discusses how the body's biology responds to self-affirmation (placebo) or self-deprecation (nocebo).

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The Other Side of Darkness: Overcoming Emotional Pain

We have all experienced deep emotional hurt brought on by situations or persons. The deepest hurt is one where it is triggered by someone close to you. In this segment, Shamir discusses how to get to the other side of darkness by approaching it from inside out.

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Rewarding Negativity

91% of Covid-19 news reported by major media outlets in the United States is negative. Individuals are more prone to tune into negative and disruptive news reporting and therefore in essence reward these outlets for their negativity. In this segment, Shamir discusses how to work through this by focusing on the positive and reaching out to your friends, family and neighbours to help each other get through this pandemic.

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Suffering and Enlightenment: Do they go Hand in Hand

In this segment, Shamir discusses how suffering and enlightenment are intertwined. He discusses the mindset required to overcome obstacles and viewing suffering as a form of an opportunity to grow resilience and mastery; this then facilitates transforming the emotion of suffering to one of excitement and exhilaration

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Separation and Restoring Connection

There is a difference between the feelings you experience when having a heated debate with another, and one you experience when being irritated by an exchange. In both cases one experiences a 'separation from source' to a particular degree. As humans living in duality (spirit and matter) we are by definition separated from source energy; the latter being unconditional love. On the path of discovering our divine magnificence, we will experience a range of emotions which correlate to the degree of separation we feel. For example, when we are holding a cooing baby, we feel elated , joyous and peaceful - this is perhaps the closest we come to experiencing source energy; in other words, experiencing less separation. When we ruminate over past unwanted experiences, we experience more separation from source because we are farther away from the feeling of unconditional love, the latter being pure source energy.

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Stand Your Ground with Compassion

In this segment, Shamir discusses how he had a heated exchange with another individual and what he learned about himself as a result. At the heart of the matter was a missed opportunity to stand his ground before things got heated. He discusses how to avoid a heated exchange by using some simple but effective approaches to prevent a 'blow up'

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