Kevin Ruess and his good friend Florian host the Cafe Truth podcast where they have meaningful conversations about Stoic philosophy, personal transformation, business, digital nomadism, and more.
From Introvert to Globetrotter - Florian
In this episode, Kevin and Florian discussed their introvert exIn this episode, Kevin and his good friend Florian discussed their experiences as introverts growing up and the transformation that took place in order to live a more enriching life.
Some of the significant points discussed in this episode are laid out as follows:
• Because you, as an introvert you think everyone else is scary.
• They say the warrior is not the one without the mask but knows how to use a hundred masks.
• Fear, is the fear of dying.
• We are very harsh with ourselves, way harsher than other people.
• Sometimes the reason for our unhappiness is that we are trying to be happy so much.
The App that Reminds You, You’re Gonna Die: Hansa Bergwall
In this episode, Kevin had the opportunity to talk with Hasna Bergwall, the co-founder of the WeCroak app that encourages people to lead happier lives by thinking about death five times a day.
1.WeCroak is a smartphone app based on the Bhutanese principle that to live a happy life; one must meditate on one's own death five times a day
2. Because after all, we're all going to die. No one gets out of this alive.
3. Life is short and precious, rare and special, and we want to use it well.
4. They mentioned what they love about death; it is universal because we're all going to die.
5. A quote about death from Epictetus, “I cannot escape death, but at least I can escape the fear of it.”
6. One of the things, both Buddhism and stoicism, is an absolute agreement on the danger of anger, just like creating delusions.
Art - The Journey Not the Destination is the Prize
In this episode, Kevin talks about how we should initiate how to express ourselves to the world. How should we have time to speak to know what we are passionate about and find enjoyment in the journey we are heading to in our life.
Have to Vs. Get to: Two Modalities of Thinking
In this week, Kevin discusses shifting a common attitude of feeling like one Has to do something to a more grateful feeling that one Gets to do those things.
==References and Links==
Ancient Rome Will Never Get Old. Take It From Mary Beard.
[Chat's w/ Steve] No One's Important Enough for Me to Be Mad at Them
Kevin and Steve have a discussion about past mistakes and poor choices and how to move on with forgiveness of oneself. (Amongst other topics . . .)
Original quote from don Juan mentioned in this episode:
“Are you angry at me, don Juan?" I asked when he returned. He seemed surprised at my question. "No! I'm never angry at anybody! No human being can do anything important enough for that. You get angry at people when you feel that their acts are important. I don't feel that way any longer.”
~Carlos Castaneda, Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan, A Separate Reality & Journey to Ixtlan
Gregory David Roberts: Living the Spiritual Path, a Conversation
Kevin had the honor to talk to bestselling author Gregory David Roberts. You may know him from his captivating novel Shantaram, a book that sold over 6 million copies, which literally changed my entire viewpoint on life and helped me to understand what true generosity and living a well-lived life is all about. Some exciting news is that Apple TV + and Paramount TV are currently turning Shantaram and its sequel, The Mountain Shadow, into a TV series (currently in production).
It's no secret that Gregory was at one time a wanted man in Australia, in fact at one time, he was Australia's Most Wanted man, having served serious time in prison there. Yet Gregory transformed his entire life going on to become a critically acclaimed author, ethics consultant and a public speaker. What you might not know is that Gregory's also a talented musician, releasing his debut album in 2020 called Love& Faith, which was recorded in Jamaica and features talented local musicians and singers.
In this interview, I got to talk about Gregory's latest book, The Spiritual Path, which is a non-fiction book about Gregory's experience with his spiritual practice over the course of 6 years while he lived off the grid. It's clear that when Gregory decides to do something, he puts his whole heart and being into it. After reading the book, I could see that when Gregory decided to go off the grid and devote fully devote himself to the spiritual path, he was able to tap into a source of extraordinary wisdom that we as readers get to really benefit from.
One wonderful surprise that came out during our interview is that Gregory was not only familiar with Stoic philosophy, but found the core principles of Stoicism tremendously helpful during tough times, specifically while serving time.
You can learn more about Gregory David Roberts at his website: https://gregorydavidroberts.com/
Stoic philosophy for the 21st century!
New subscriber here, really enjoyed this week’s episode: thinking about death can give us a new perspective on life.
I’m starting my journey, I think. And I’m finding answers. I would like to say thank you for your truth and willingness to show ourselves
Insightful and informative
I’ve always been drawn to stoicism as a way of life. Kevin brings a new freshness to this otherwise stoic concept (no pun intended) by engaging it from different philosophical perspectives, drawing upon personal experiences, and bringing the truth closer to you often with guests contributing to a richer insightful and informs experience. I didn’t think that something as simple as water fast could be a way of life and not just a physical act. I hope to hear about topics on happiness, self growth and productivity in the future. Keep up the good work!