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"Act on your principles, not your moods."
A weekly meditation on how Stoic principles can help you be a better human.

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"Act on your principles, not your moods."
A weekly meditation on how Stoic principles can help you be a better human.

    219 - Acceptance of Others

    219 - Acceptance of Others

    When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can't tell good from evil.
    — Marcus Aurelius


    Last week I talked about accepting yourself for exactly who you are, including all the things you like and more importantly the things you don’t like about yourself. This week I want to talk about accepting others for exactly who they are.

    Amor Fati is the acceptance and the embracing of your fate, or what life brings your way. We usually think of applying this to just the events and circumstances of life, but have you ever thought of applying this to other people? For me I think of Amor Fati as loving everything in your life, especially those things that you don’t have control over, and one thing we don’t have control of is other people.

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    218 - Accept Yourself

    218 - Accept Yourself

    One of the hardest things for us to do, though it is one of the most important things we will ever learn, is to accept ourselves for exactly who we are. But when you decide to take this on and make it a priority, it can be one of the most life changing thing you can do.

    "It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own."
    — Marcus Aurelius

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    You can also find more episodes at our website, https://stoic.coffee, and pick up some great looking shirts and hoodies at the Stoic Coffee Shop at https://stoic.coffee/shop.
    Lastly if you know of someone that would benefit from or appreciate this podcast, please share it.

    Thanks again for listening.

    • 17 min
    217 - Interview With Donald J. Robertson

    217 - Interview With Donald J. Robertson

    An interview with Donald J. Robertson about his new graphic novel about Marcus Aurelius called Verissimus. We talk about all kinds of stoic history and the politics of his day.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    216 - Give Yourself Fully To Your Endeavors

    216 - Give Yourself Fully To Your Endeavors

    Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant.
    —Marcus Aurelius

    Don’t let fear, low self-esteem and the negative voices hold you back from your true destiny.
    —David Goggins

    One of the hardest things for me, and I’m sure that many of you fall into the same category, is to know what you want and have the courage to go after it. There are plenty of reason why this happens, and for the most part it comes down to fear, and the two biggest are fear of failure, and fear of disapproval of others. Today I want to talk about some changes I’m making in my life, and how I’m facing these fears.

    • 9 min
    215 - The Space Between

    215 - The Space Between

    “When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it.”
    ― Marcus Aurelius
    Over the past few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about equanimity and how it may be the most important idea that the stoics came up with. And the more I look into it, the more I see that this is the one of the most important principles, and a foundation for being able to apply the other principles more effectively. We can also see how important this is in other traditions, such as Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism, also promotes the idea of calming the mind as one of the highest virtues.

    • 8 min
    214 - Embody Your Philosophy

    214 - Embody Your Philosophy

    Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.
    — Epictetus

    Events in life mean nothing if you do not reflect on them in a deep way, and ideas from books are pointless if they have no application to life as you live it.
    — Robert Greene

    The hardest thing about any philosophy is being able to apply what you learn in real life. We can read all the books, watch all the videos, follow all the gurus, but until we actually apply what we've learned, all of that learning is worthless.

    • 9 min

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