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Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that originated in Greece over 2,000 years ago, and its teachings have left ripples throughout the world ever since. Simon Drew has been exploring the ideas of Stoicism on the Practical Stoic Podcast for over two years now, and it’s been an amazing journey. People are now discovering that Stoicism can not only help us to think better and make better decisions, but it can also lead to a meaningful life aimed at virtue. Now, join Simon as he revamps the podcast and tries to learn what it truly means to live a Stoic lifestyle. Listen to some of the most prominent Stoic voices in the world today as they extract the essence of Stoicism, and most importantly, attach your listening to action so that you can see just how powerful this philosophy can be.

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Stoicism is an ancient philosophy that originated in Greece over 2,000 years ago, and its teachings have left ripples throughout the world ever since. Simon Drew has been exploring the ideas of Stoicism on the Practical Stoic Podcast for over two years now, and it’s been an amazing journey. People are now discovering that Stoicism can not only help us to think better and make better decisions, but it can also lead to a meaningful life aimed at virtue. Now, join Simon as he revamps the podcast and tries to learn what it truly means to live a Stoic lifestyle. Listen to some of the most prominent Stoic voices in the world today as they extract the essence of Stoicism, and most importantly, attach your listening to action so that you can see just how powerful this philosophy can be.

    Leonidas Konstantakos | Stoic Just War Theory & Wrestling Pythons in Florida

    Leonidas Konstantakos | Stoic Just War Theory & Wrestling Pythons in Florida

    About Leo: Leonidas Konstantakos is a PhD candidate working on Stoicism and International Relations, especially Stoic just war theory. He, along with Kai Whiting, is the co-author of "Being Better, Stoicism for a World Worth Living in". 
    About the book: 
    Twenty-three centuries ago, in a marketplace in Athens, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, built his philosophy on powerful ideas that still resonate today: all human beings can become citizens of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, or social class; happiness comes from living in harmony with nature; and, most important, humans always have the freedom to choose their attitude, even when they cannot control external circumstances.
    This empowering message led a wide array of people, from the slave Epictetus to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, to embrace the philosophy. In our age of political polarization and environmental destruction, Stoicism has taken on new relevance. In Being Better, Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos apply Stoic principles to contemporary issues such as social justice, climate breakdown, and the excesses of global capitalism. Above all, they show that Stoicism is not an ivory-tower philosophy or a collection of Silicon Valley life hacks, but a vital way of life that helps us live simply, improve our communities, and find peace in a turbulent world.
    Buy the Book: 
    Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/39YLq5L
    Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3iDroSi
    Waterstones: http://bit.ly/WaterstonesBeingBetter
    Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/BarnesandNobleBeingBetter
    Coaching with Simon: simonjedrew.com/coaching/ 
    Support the Podcast: patreon.com/simonjedrew/

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Kathryn Koromilas | Creativity, Stoicism & Stoicon x Women 2021

    Kathryn Koromilas | Creativity, Stoicism & Stoicon x Women 2021

    Kathryn Koromilas is a writer, educator and co-organiser and host of Stoicon-x Women 2021. She presented at Stoicon-x Athens, 2019 on journaling practices and hosted a 4-hour "Journaling with the Stoics" discussion/workshop as a Stoicon-x 2020.

    She's the host of the Stoic Salon, a Facebook group dedicated to reading and writing with the Stoics, and is launching a new podcast called The Stoic Salon where she will be talking about life, love, work, play, the universe, and Stoicism with leading women Stoics and Stoic-curious.

    She's collaborating with Dr Ranjini George on a book called "Journaling with the Stoics."

    She creates bespoke creative-play experiences where she helps anyone to reignite their creativity, reimagine their purpose, and use ancient wisdom to thrive.

    Stoicon-x Women will be happening on Saturday June 5th, UK time. The theme is "Practical Paths to Flourishing." Find out more and buy tickets here: https://pathstoflourishing.org/

    Find out more about Kathryn Koromilas here: https://kathrynkoromilas.com/

    More links from Kathryn:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kathrynkoromilas/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WriterStoic

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathrynkoromilas/

    Stoic Salon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thestoicsalon/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSalon

     
    For coaching with Simon go to simonjedrew.com/coaching/
    To support the podcast go to patreon.com/simonjedrew/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kai Whiting | Being Better (Stoicism for a World Worth Living In)

    Kai Whiting | Being Better (Stoicism for a World Worth Living In)

    Kai Whiting is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at UCLouvain, Belgium. He Tweets @kaiwhiting and blogs over at StoicKai.com. 
    He is the co-author of Being Better | Stoicism for a World Worth Living In.
    About the book: 
    Twenty-three centuries ago, in a marketplace in Athens, Zeno of Citium, the founder of Stoicism, built his philosophy on powerful ideas that still resonate today: all human beings can become citizens of the world, regardless of their nationality, gender, or social class; happiness comes from living in harmony with nature; and, most important, humans always have the freedom to choose their attitude, even when they cannot control external circumstances.
    This empowering message led a wide array of people, from the slave Epictetus to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, to embrace the philosophy. In our age of political polarization and environmental destruction, Stoicism has taken on new relevance. In Being Better, Kai Whiting and Leonidas Konstantakos apply Stoic principles to contemporary issues such as social justice, climate breakdown, and the excesses of global capitalism. Above all, they show that Stoicism is not an ivory-tower philosophy or a collection of Silicon Valley life hacks, but a vital way of life that helps us live simply, improve our communities, and find peace in a turbulent world.
    Buy the Book: 
    https://stoickai.com/being-better/ 
    Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/39YLq5L
    Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3iDroSi
    Waterstones: http://bit.ly/WaterstonesBeingBetter
    Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/BarnesandNobleBeingBetter
     
    Coaching with Simon: simonjedrew.com/coaching/ 
    Support the Podcast: patreon.com/simonjedrew/

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Introducing Pairidaēza Suite

    Introducing Pairidaēza Suite

    In this episode Simon discusses his newly released album, Pairidaēza Suite. 
    Pairidaēza Suite is only partially available at the moment, and can be found via Apple Music in the link below. The full album, along with the album video and poetry, will be released in late May, 2021 (though it is currently available to all patrons). 
    Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/pairida%C4%93za-suite/1563626546 
    To support Simon's work and to gain early access to the entire Pairidaēza Suite experience, go to patreon.com/simonjedrew/ 
    A heartfelt expression of gratitude goes to the team at the Sunshine Coast Council for supporting the bulk of this project with a regional arts grant. Their generosity and willingness to support local artists is another stellar example of the Australian vision of a walled garden for its people. 
    Thank you to Paul Cusick and Isaac Cavallaro for their support in the production of this album. 
    Thanks also to all the people below who have supported Simon via his Patreon community. Whether they came for the podcasts, the writing, the music or all of the above, they truly make it possible for Simon to continue to create and think freely. Thank you all!
    Eric Marchand
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    Happy listening!
     

    • 22 min
    Dane Lam | The Art of Conducting

    Dane Lam | The Art of Conducting

    In this episode Simon speaks to Australian-Chinese conductor, Dane Lam.

    About Dane Lam: Dane Lam was appointed Associate Music Director and Resident Conductor at Opera Queensland in December 2020, a position created specifically for him and the first of its kind in the company’s history. He is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, and in recent months he has been leading the orchestral revival in Australia following the Covid-lockdown, conducting the first performances in front of live audiences for Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

    Alongside Opera Queensland’s new production of Le nozze di Figaro, his 2021 highlights include the inaugural production of the National Opera in Canberra, La clemenza di Tito, concerts with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and a Martha Argerich and friends festival with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra.

    Dane has appeared with Opera Australia, Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park, the Canberra, Western Australia, Dunedin, Beijing, Suzhou, Kunming and Shandong Symphony Orchestras, Munich Radio Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, Southbank Sinfonia, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

    Website: https://danelam.net/

    Agent: http://www.rayfieldallied.com/artists/dane-lam/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/danealam/

    • 56 min
    Seneca on Learning How to Die (PI)

    Seneca on Learning How to Die (PI)

    "Memento Mori" is the phrase commonly used in Stoicism to encourage a remembrance of death and of what death means in relation to our lives, and in this episode Simon discusses Seneca's thoughts on death and learning how to die.
    To support the podcast go to patreon.com/simonjedrew/ 
    To get coaching with Simon go to simonjedrew.com/coaching/

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Bookonaut ,

Worth it.

Initially, listening to the podcast with Simon on his own, I found his...earnestness a little irritating, but he grows on you and his interviewing and selection of guests has been top notch.

Richard160902 ,

Thought Stoicism was about being above petty politics.

This guy’s of the left, and he isn’t shy about it. I don’t care about politics. I want to learn about stoicism as a source of self betterment. Not for the sake of being part of a social movement.

Pete rhe apprentice ,

Great resource for personal improvement

The Practical Stoic provides the opportunity for a daily 5-10 minute snippet of inspiration which is of immense assistance to those seeking a good life.

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