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In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

In Search of Wisdom J.W. Bertolotti

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In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

    Skye Cleary | How to Be Authentic

    Skye Cleary | How to Be Authentic

    Welcome to In Search of Wisdom, a podcast by the Perennial Leader Project. 

    In this episode, my guest is Skye Cleary, the author of the new book How to Be Authentic. Skye is a philosopher and writer. She teaches at Columbia University and the City University of New York and is also the author of Existentialism and Romantic Love. Learn more about Skye at skyecleary.com.

    In the conversation, Skye and I discuss:


    Simone de Beauvoir and why she is an important figure today
    The challenges of defining Existentialism
    The idea of “Becoming”
    Whether it’s possible to know yourself
    The problem with labels
    Wisdom in daily life and much more



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    • 53 min
    Jason Merchey | The Wisdom of Skepticism

    Jason Merchey | The Wisdom of Skepticism

    📩 Sign up for Perennial Meditations to receive philosophical and spiritual lessons for daily life right to your inbox.  In this episode, my guest is Jason Merchey, the author of Wisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be Bought. Jason is the founder of Values of the Wise, author of five books, and someone with a deep interest in ancient philosophy, virtue ethics, and human nature. Connect with Jason at valuesofthewise.com. 
    In the conversation, Jason and I discuss: 
    Practical PhilosophyThe wisdom of skepticismFinding the balance between knowing and not knowingWhat we can know for sureThe value of quotes and aphorismsWisdom in daily life and much moreSupport the Show: 
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    • 55 min
    Dr. Mark Vernon | Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Path

    Dr. Mark Vernon | Psychotherapy and the Spiritual Path

    In this episode, my guest is Mark Vernon, the author of the new book Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey. Mark is a psychotherapist and writer interested in spirituality and inner life. He has a Ph.D. in ancient philosophy, as well as degrees in physics and theology. You can learn more about Mark’s work at markvernon.com.
    In the conversation, Mark and I discuss: 
    Psychotherapy and the spiritual pathWhy the way down can be the way upThe role of guides on the spiritual pathHow the Divine Comedy can change our perceptionWisdom in daily life and much moreFollow In Search of Wisdom: Instagram | Twitter | YoutubeSponsor: This conversation is brought to you in high-quality audio courtesy of Squadcast; start your free trial today.


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    • 59 min
    Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part III)

    Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part III)

    Sign up for 📩 The PATH Newsletter (our FREE weekly email) and receive a free 3-DAY Introduction to Ancient Lessons for Modern Life.Welcome to the Sunday edition of In Search of Wisdom. Here we slow things down, find time for stillness, and take a deeper dive into the ancient texts. We reflect on selected readings from philosophical and spiritual traditions to help us live our highest good. To learn more, you can visit perennialleader.com. 
    In this episode, we conclude our selected readings of Seneca’s On the Happy Life. According to Seneca, “Happy therefore is the one right in his judgment. Happy is the one content with the present circumstances no matter what they are and a friend to his own affairs. Happy is the one whose disposition of his affairs is entirely as reason recommends.” […]Follow In Search of Wisdom:
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    • 6 min
    Shane Sorensen | Renaissance Wisdom - How to Flourish in the Modern Day

    Shane Sorensen | Renaissance Wisdom - How to Flourish in the Modern Day

    Sign up for 📩 The PATH Newsletter (our FREE weekly email) and receive a free 3-DAY Introduction to Ancient Lessons for Modern Life.

    In this episode, my guest is Shane Sorensen, the author of the new book Renaissance Wisdom: How to Flourish in the Modern Day. Shane is a self-taught philosopher, avid fitness enthusiast, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, and someone with a deep passion for wisdom. You can learn more about Shane at renaissance-wisdom.com. 

    In the conversation, Shane and I discuss: 


    The Renaissance period
    Flourishing vs. happiness
    Overcoming self-limiting beliefs
    The Middle Way
    Meditating on mortality
    Wisdom in daily life and much more


    Connect with Shane Sorensen: instagram.com/renaissancewisdom/

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    • 53 min
    Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part II)

    Seneca | On the Happy Life (Part II)

    Sign up for 📩 The PATH Newsletter (our FREE weekly email) and receive a free 3-DAY Introduction to Ancient Lessons for Modern Life. Welcome to the Sunday edition of In Search of Wisdom. Here we slow things down, find time for stillness, and take a deeper dive into the ancient texts. We reflect on selected readings from philosophical and spiritual traditions to help us live our highest good. To learn more, you can visit perennialleader.com. 
    In this episode, we continue our selected reading of Seneca’s On the Happy Life. According to Seneca, “What prevents us from saying that the happy life is free, upright, fearless, and stable mind, placed beyond fear and beyond desire" […]Follow In Search of Wisdom:
    Subscribe to our YouTube ChannelTwitter: twitter.com/searchwisdompodInstagram: instagram.com/searchwisdompodSign-up for The PATH, our free newsletter (short reflections on wisdom).

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    • 9 min

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