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Stoicism for a Better Life

Author: Anderson Silver

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In the pursuit of a purposeful and anxiety-free life, this is a podcast series dedicated to practical applications of Stoic philosophy in our daily lives.
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Indifference is the greatest tool we Stoics have in navigating the poop that comes with life. Let us finish the season with some of the best advice Epictetus gives us. - Let it go.
I get knocked down...but I get up again! You ain't never gonna keep me down. Chumbawamba got it right. But how do we get back up when we get knocked down? Let me share another trick our Stoic ancestors teach us - Remember that you are part of the whole and a larger body.
We keep aiming for higher highs and judge our awesomeness on whether we attain said highs. However, true strength comes from the capacity to get back to yourself (your true self) at any given moment, especially when things around you seem difficult.
I was asked if I believe in rebirth. Let's talk about Metempsychosis) and treating every day as day one. If you can treat every day as a rebirth and the first day of a new behaviour pattern, you will find this cheat-code very useful.
There is a White Wolf (positive voice) and a Dark Wolf (negative wolf). The Dark Wolf inside us is filled with fear, anger, envy, jealousy, greed, and arrogance. The White Wolf is filled with peace, love, hope, courage, humility, compassion, and faith. They battle constantly, so make sure you feed the one you want, not the one your body (the vessel) wants.
We are naturally pessimistic animals, as pessimism was a necessary survival tool for our species. However, in today's modern world, pessimism is no longer necessary. Moreover, it is 100% detrimental to our mental health and general attitude. Practicing gratitude is the single most effective tool against pessimism. So, grab a pen and your journal and practice gratitude to save your body, mind, soul and general attitude towards life.
Patience is the highest virtue. We've all heard this expression, but how does it impact your life, virtue and mental state/anxieties? You may be surprised how tightly wound together patience and the quality of your life is.
In today's colloquial language, there are two definitions of happiness: One meaning joy and elation; and one meaning equanimity and tranquility. If you have trouble attaining happiness, then you are probably defining it the wrong way. Let me share with you what our ancient Stoic teachers had to say.
What is the best hobby that you can do to reset your mind, body and soul? Is it meditation? Is it shooting guns? Is it hiking, or motorcycling? Let me share with you what works for this old Stoic.
You might have heard me say over and over again...as long as you remember who you are, what you are and where you are, nothing in this temporal world can harm you. In this episode, I will expand on this.
Yup...we've all been there... a million times. You think you're doing well and life is finally working out, but then out of nowhere WHAMMO! Some set-back happens and you lose perspective and all of a sudden life seems overwhelming and impossible. You lose motivation and can't even fathom getting back to virtue. Let me share with you how I get back to the good Stoic ways.
Yup...we've all been there... a million times. You think you're doing well and life is finally working out, but then out of nowhere WHAMMO! Some set-back happens and you lose perspective and all of a sudden life seems overwhelming and impossible. You lose motivation and can't even fathom getting back to virtue. Let me share with you how I get back to the good Stoic ways.
Overwhelmed by the amount of responsibilities you have in life? Here's what a Stoic has to say about it. Join me on episode 108 of SFBL for more.
You have heard the expression "Blood is thicker than water?" Did you know that the ACTUAL expression is "The Blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb"? This episode will delve into how to handle family relationships from the perspective of a Stoic.
Perspective is everything. It helps bring the whole of the cosmos into a simple understandable state. It helps one overcome anything. So how do we tap into the right perspective? This is an intimate question that is unique to each individual. However, I will share what helps me in case it helps you.
What will Stoicism actually bring you? Today I share with you my view on what Stoicism brings you after having been a Prokopton for over a decade. Stoicism is not what you think it is...this might surprise you!
Life is tough...wars everywhere...so much hate speech...someone is probably on your case...overworking...groceries are expensive...so I spent some time meditating on how to find strength. Let me share with you what I identified.
Welp...life is kicking my butt...just like you. But what else can we do, but try and find the most virtuous foot in front of the other...one step at a time. I am unable to record videos at this time, nor can I continue my reading of the books (maybe next year) But for this season, I am going to do what I can, which is a short, unedited audio podcast (that's right...we're going back OLD SCHOOL to the first few seasons!). Today I am answering the question of how to quit smoking/vaping or any other addiction. The answer is simple but it might surprise you. Lots of love from me to you and here we go with another season (albeit chaotically!)
The pursuit of a tranquil life...let us conclude now that we have read through the chapters, what this all means for you (if anything) and how you can change your approach to life to better every aspect of it.
THIS IS THE CHAPTER YOU WANT. If there is one chapter you read from this book, this is it. How do you find tranquillity in this life? By having a why. How do you know what your purpose (or Why) is? By clearly identifying your necessities. Here we outline a step by step guide for identifying your purpose in life.
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