40 episodes

In the pursuit of an purposeful and anxiety free life, this is a podcast series dedicated to practical applications of Stoic philosophy in our daily lives.

Stoicism for a Better Life Anderson Silver

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In the pursuit of an purposeful and anxiety free life, this is a podcast series dedicated to practical applications of Stoic philosophy in our daily lives.

    Episode 40 - Reject Proto-Emotions & Remain Rational

    Episode 40 - Reject Proto-Emotions & Remain Rational

    We exist in these bio-suits we call bodies, and these vessels come with prebuilt survival mechanisms. Some are physical  (e.g. you flinch when something is thrown at you without thinking about it) and others are psychological (e.g. emotions). Emotions are precoded in our genes and have helped our ancestors survive. But in our modern-day and age they are outdated. We can't get rid of the emotions as they are tied to the body and we can't exist without the body(...yet). So when you have an emotional reaction to something, try and get back to your self quickly and be rational. Reject the knee jer reaction (Proto emotion) and respond with your rational mind (the real you).


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    • 7 min
    Episode 39 - Have the Courage to Admit You May be Wrong

    Episode 39 - Have the Courage to Admit You May be Wrong

    Being wrong is the BEST! I know, I know, as a society we hate to admit we are wrong. This is no surprise given that we are pitted against one another and goated to outdo the competition (i.e. our fellow human beings). But in reality, we are always wrong. And being wrong is the best because it gives us an opportunity to improve ourselves. How can we be better without identifying something that is wrong or that requires improvement! So I love being wrong because it is the first step to becoming better and offers an immediate source for improvement.


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    Episode 38 - Build New Relationships

    Episode 38 - Build New Relationships

    We are social animals with a capacity for reason. If virtue is working towards the betterment of humanity, then building relationships with our fellow cosmopolitans becomes a necessity. If we want to lead by example, if we want to share our knowledge with the most number of people and if we are looking to enjoy this journey we’re on called life, we should work actively to try and make new friends along the way, make new acquaintances, or open up new avenues for communication.


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    • 9 min
    Episode 37 - Spend you Time on Important Matters Only

    Episode 37 - Spend you Time on Important Matters Only

    No matter what you're pursuing in life, the ultimate cost is time. Given that time is the ultimate resource we have and that it is the only resource we cannot replenish, we should take the time to think rationally about how we spend our time. Make a conscious effort to spend your time wisely in the most value-added way possible.


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    • 6 min
    Episode 36 - Prioritize Your Efforts

    Episode 36 - Prioritize Your Efforts

    Being busy is a siren call we all fall prey to. But being busy does not mean we are being productive. And being productive without a goal, purpose or plan is does not necessarily mean we are being virtuous or that we are living a good life worthy of living. Take a moment to objectively and consciously identify what's truly important to you in your life right Here and Now.


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    • 10 min
    Episode 35 - BBQ Season Meditations from Epictetus

    Episode 35 - BBQ Season Meditations from Epictetus

    Whether introverted or extraverted, we are all guilty of dodging social gatherings sometimes. Whether we look for excuses to leave early, cancel at the last minute, or avoid them altogether, we all too often pass up on an opportunity to cultivate our relationships. Epictetus reminds us this is a reaction of our primitive minds...not us. Especially today, it is still possible to interact with people while wearing a mask and social distancing. 


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    • 6 min

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