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In this lesson, I explain "impossible desires" and "slave desires" to help you form intentions without suffering unnecessarily along the way. Further reading: https://www.stoichandbook.co/impossible-desires-cause-disappointment/ Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
Stoic Handbook PremiumGet instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
In this talk, I cover what I consider to be the three pillars of skillful communication. These pillars cover poor communication habits, how to simply express yourself well in all circumstances, and the model I use to manage conflict.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
In this complete Stoic loving-kindness meditation, we take a look at three important areas of compassion: love of people, love of humanity, and love of service. Then we go through each one, with the guidance of the ancient Stoics to increase our compassion and happiness.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
Reframing negative events to make them appear more positive and useful is a classic Stoic technique. But can it ever go too far? Is it dangerous to reframe everything into something positive? Stoic writer Donald Robertson answers. Donald's website: https://donaldrobertson.name/Donald's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonJRobertson Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
🔥 🎙 To get access to the full course and all of the premium episodes, visit: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/About this meditation: This meditation will help you see all of the invisible and magic conditions of life that make everything possible. There is so much going on beneath the surface of existence that we take for granted such as the way our societies are run, the way we get access to food and water, the statistical likelihood of being born, and the way the atmosphere is perfectly attuned to our survival. To allow oneself to become oblivious to the awe of ordinary life is a mistake that we will put right in this lesson. It's time to once again see the beauty of a raindrop and feel the vitality of a single breath of cold air.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
This is an interview I did with the creator of the brilliant WhatIsStoicism blog and podcast.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
In this episode, I speak to the legendary Stoic writer Donald Robertson and ask him about the Stoic view on exercise. More from Donald: https://donaldrobertson.name/ Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
Many of us are interested in philosophy and self-improvement not to become wise, but for the reputation of being wise. Epictetus saw that this pattern of behavior is very counter-productive if one wishes to acquire true wisdom.“If you want to make progress, put up with being perceived as ignorant or naive in worldly matters, don’t aspire to a reputation for sagacity. If you do impress others as somebody, don’t altogether believe it. You have to realize, it isn’t easy to keep your will in agreement with nature, as well as externals. Caring about the one inevitably means you are going to shortchange the other.”After listening to this episode, read the breakdown here: https://www.stoichandbook.co/do-not-wish-to-appear-wise/ Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
"If you want to make progress, drop reflections like: ‘I will end up destitute if I don’t take better care of my affairs,’ or, ‘Unless I discipline my slave, he’ll wind up good for nothing.’ It is better to die of hunger free of grief and apprehension than to live affluent and uneasy. Better that your slave should be bad than that you should be unhappy."— EpictetusIn this episode, I explore the topic of stress and worry. I begin by looking at the game most of us play, and then offer a Stoic alternative recommended by Epictetus. ✍️ Get the Stoic diagrams for this episode here.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
In this lesson, I ask Donald Robertson about the difference between reading about Stoicism and practicing it, and we discuss what would happen if Marcus Aurelius time traveled to modern times.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
And when asked what he had learned from philosophy, Diogenes replied, “To be prepared for every fortune.“— William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic JoyDiogenes is the most famous of the Cynics, a branch of philosophy that served as the precursor for traditional Stoicism. Diogenes was a bizarre fellow for a number of reasons. He lived inside a barrel and shunned any form of luxurious living. Diogenes only ate when he was starving hungry and drank when he was gaspingly thirsty. This allowed him to enjoy a simple cup of water as if it was the world’s most expensive wine.The core of Diogenes' thought was based on his observation that “bad men obey their lusts as servants obey their masters,” and because we are so bad at controlling our desires, we can never find contentment. This is why Diogenes was so intent on being the master of his own lust and attachments.Perhaps Diogenes' greatest and most memorable display of Stoic superhero strength was in his meeting with Alexander the Great. Alexander was taught by Aristotle and had brilliant admiration for great thinkers. One day when riding through Greece Alexander encountered Diogenes, a philosopher he had heard many great things about. The legend states that upon meeting Diogenes, Alexander asked the philosopher if there was anything he could give him.Alexander at this point in time was the most powerful man in the world, and he was extremely hot-tempered. There were stories of Alexander having his best friends executed for disrespecting him. So when he offered Diogenes a gift, nobody would have expected the words that would have come out of the strange philosopher’s mouth:“Yes,” said Diogenes, “stand a little out of my sun.”Diogenes was so steadfast in his Stoic way of living he even risked the wrath of Alexander the Great to demonstrate it. Diogenes was not someone who just lived his philosophy, he was continuously on the lookout for opportunities to teach it and his meeting with Alexander presented one.It worked. So taken aback by this reply, and admired the courage and wit of Diogenes so much, he said to his followers laughing, “But truly if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.” Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
The "What If" Technique comes from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective, science-backed therapeutic system inspired by Stoic philosophy and it helps you discover the root of your anxieties.This meditation is one of over a dozen found in Stoic Anxiety Mastery.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
Modern Stoicism says a lot about how to be more resilient and how to "accept things" with equanimity. But what about feelings of joy, awe, and laughter. Can Stoicism help us live a more joyful life... really? I ask Stoicism writer Donald Robertson in a new series where I'll be picking his brain about important Stoic ideas.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
Order a copy of Verissimus hereStoic author, philosopher and cognitive behavioural therapist, Donald Robertson, returns to discuss his brand new graphic novel, VERISSIMUS. This is the most epic philosophical project that I am aware of to date. If Ridley Scott's Gladiator had a baby with Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, you’d get Verissimus.As you’ll hear in this interview, this project was a massive undertaking, taking nearly 3 years to complete. Detailing the life, times, and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, the book acts as a historically accurate, action-packed entry point into the Stoic landscape.In this episode, we cover:The process of creating this bookWhy Donald decided to make a graphic novelWhy many Romans actually opposed Marcus AureliusMarcus’ mission to cultivate natural compassion towards all human beings, even his worst enemiesThe absurdity of Stoicism’s most popular criticism Stoicism’s deep influence on early ChristianityThe relationship between intuition and reasonJon's single favourite chapter on StoicismLinks to Donald's Work: Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, by Donald Robertson How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, by Donald RobertsonDonald’s websiteModern Stoicism Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
This is a short clip taken from a much longer workshop on turning adversity to advantage, which is a bonus module in Stoic Anxiety Mastery.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
In a new series, I will be giving short lessons on my favorite "Stoic superheroes," both ancient and modern. We will begin by talking about James Stockdale and the Stockdale Paradox. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and share it with a friend who might benefit from listening.  Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
If you deeply recognize that life is impermanent, ever-changing and that everything we enjoy is a gift from the Universe, you can no longer suffer in the same way when things are taken from you.This episode is inspired by the following quote from Epictetus: “Under no circumstances ever say ‘I have lost something,’ only ‘I returned it.’ Did a child of yours die? No, it was returned. Your wife died? No, she was returned. ‘My land was confiscated.’ No, it too was returned. Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
“I’ve spent the last 7 or 8 years of my life with the prime objective of healing my anxiety and I have looked at so many different modalities. This course is the one course that I would recommend to anyone who is dealing with anxiety.”- Nic Stubbs, InterviewerIn this interview, my friend and colleague Nic Stubbs and I  flesh out the details of my new course: Stoic Anxiety Mastery.Who is it for? Why I created it. And how it works.As well as a bunch of other topics around my personal journey with anxiety and how I transformed it from enemy to ally, the reasons why spiritual people shy away from these thoroughly research-backed cognitive healing modalities, and some of Nic's insights from his own struggles with social anxiety. Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
 Stay updated with all Stoic Handbook podcasts, courses, and articles, you can sign up here. ---This episode features my breakdown of the following quote: For every challenge, remember the resources you have within you to cope with it. Provoked by the sight of a handsome man or a beautiful woman, you will discover within you the contrary power of self-restraint… In time, you will grow to be confident that there is not a single impression that you will not have the moral means to tolerate.— Enchiridion, Chapter 10, Epictetus Stoic Handbook Premium Get instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
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