Brutally irreverent and way too direct, Tyler Lewke finds himself in trouble often. He's an optimistic pessimist, a grateful dad and friend, a business guy obsessed with making things work. Often described as mindful and compassionate, Tyler’s most inspired by helping people through the mucky parts of religion and spirituality to define a life of joy and contemplative service to others. Tyler believes there is “no way out but in" and that business and mainstream consciousness are here to stay so he stands in the center of it all helping to transform things from the inside out. Tyler was born months before the official end of the Vietnam War on the campus of Washington State University to a hippy mom and a heady scientist dad…a combo that has left him totally out of place in the mainstream. From an early age, Tyler knew he needed to make his own way and build things and businesses for himself. He deposited his last traditional paycheck at the age of 17 and set out to embrace mainstream culture and business on his own terms. Today, he is the unlikely CEO of a Midwestern company where he has transformed the culture from the bottom up by teaching how loving-kindness towards others and radiant happiness as a mission creates profit that can then be used for good. Tyler’s rebel approach and unrelenting worth ethic -- and his firm belief that capitalism and spirituality mix perfectly -- have earned him a position at the top of his industry for two decades. His motto? Happy people. Closed deals.
At any moment, Tyler could be on a plane half way around the world, high up in a tree, hiking the Pacific coast, or sitting in a board room in the Midwest re-defining business as usual.
“I love a million things…tried the simple life and it’s not really for me. I love business, I love a big problem, I love drama and figuring stuff out. I see life as a Rubik's cube.”
Tyler love’s one thing the most….moving people. Their thinking, their hearts, their minds, their points of view and perspectives.
“On this path, I think the only real key to happiness is to, no matter what, keep moving.”
Tyler lives in the sky in downtown Chicago, in a historic 150-year-old Victorian in suburbia, and from his backpack as he explores the world. He teaches meditation and mindful leadership, has written as a form of art and spiritual practice every day for as long as he can remember. He shares his personal stories of integrating a spiritual life into a daily mainstream existence through his blog, postsfromthepath.com, where he posts his raw, firsthand joys and struggles of trying to practice these mindful principles in all his affairs. In collaboration with Bhante Sujatha, Tyler serves as President of The Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center in Woodstock, IL where he and the dedicated Sangha work together to “promote individual peace of mind, compassion for all beings, spiritual growth, and an ethical way of life based on Buddhist principles.”
Tyler thinks we all have only one real job: to add more love to the world.