204 episodes

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

Stoic Coffee Break Erick Cloward

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 121 Ratings

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

    203 - Belief Without Evidence is Wrong

    203 - Belief Without Evidence is Wrong

    It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.

    — William K. Clifford, Ethics of Belief

    We all like to think that we are wise, that our opinions are well thought out, and that we’re smart enough to spot when we have inconsistent beliefs. Today I want to talk about why believing something without sufficient evidence is wrong, and that idea that how we come to a belief or a conclusion is more important that the whether the belief or conclusion is correct.

    • 14 min
    202 - Life Is Long If You Know How To Use It

    202 - Life Is Long If You Know How To Use It

    “While we wait for life, life passes.”

    — Seneca

    Time is the most important, the most in demand resource that we have in life. Are you spending yours wisely or do you let it go to waste? Today I want to talk about time, and how we can take some steps to be mindful of how we spend it.

    • 12 min
    201 - You May Leave This Life at Any Moment

    201 - You May Leave This Life at Any Moment

    “You may leave this life at any moment: have this possibility in your mind in all that you do or say or think.”

    — Marcus Aurelius

    Do you think about death? Are you afraid of death? Do you take the time to think about what the world will be like when you are no longer here? Today I want to talk about why death is so important, and how when we avoid thinking about death, we are missing out on one of the best tools to live a fulfilling life.

    • 9 min
    200 - With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power

    200 - With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power

    “The responsibility is all yours. No one can stop you from being honest or straightforward.”

    — Marcus Aurelius

    To you own your actions? Do you graciously accept the consequences of your choices? When you make a mistake do you try to cover it up? Today I want to talk about the idea that to have more control over your life, you need to accept responsibility for everything you do.

    • 10 min
    199 - What are you Thinking?

    199 - What are you Thinking?

    “Objective judgment, at this very moment. Unselfish action, now at this very moment. Willing acceptance – now at this very moment – of all external events. That’s all you need.”

    — Marcus Aurelius

    How aware are you of what you are thinking? What you are feeling? Most of us like to think that we are pretty aware of what’s going on in our minds or what emotion is currently driving us. I mean, we’re the one inside of our mind, so we should know what we’re thinking or feeling, right? Well, not always. Often, the thoughts and emotions inside my head are busy, confusing, conflicting, and overwhelming. So today we’re going to talk about the most important mental skill you can develop, awareness.

    • 11 min
    198 - The Fear of Knowing What You Want

    198 - The Fear of Knowing What You Want

    
“Everything, a horse, a vine, is created for some duty. For what task, then, were you yourself created? A person’s true delight is to do the things they were made for.”

    —Marcus Aurelius

    Do you really know what you want? When you think about what you want, does it excite you? Does it scare you? Are you pursuing what you want? In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about why it’s scary to know what you want, and why that’s a good thing.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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121 Ratings

121 Ratings

CGlikesPodcasts ,

My favorite inspirational podcast

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a couple years now. I started listening when I was stressed out in college, and haven’t stopped listening (nor being stressed out). This particular podcast really helps outline the valuable lessons of Stoicism, and these lessons have aided me in life greatly. Highly recommend this podcast!

Frank Bellizzi ,

Loved it, until you brought in your agenda

That was the least stoic analogy you could have possibly used. “Professionals, who have dedicated their lives to this work”? He’s more of a politician than a scientist or doctor. And a vast array of information is present negating the ethical and logical application of this vaccine. Additionally, many argue against it for the simple fact that it is (1) a futile attempt, given the virus will likely mutate nearly 200x within the next year (variants); (2) never, for any virus, has a vaccine been state or government mandated; (3) and possibly the most important, is does not help to stop the spread; if the virus exists it can still be transmitted from a vaccinated individual. That was sad. Had you pegged for higher intelligence and reason than that. And you go on to challenge the concept of ignoring evidence and using the church as an example. You truly believe the government is any different than your church? Come on. That has to be the most twisted logic I’ve seen to date. And from you, who claims to be an objective stoic. Again, sad.

Peggylyn O5 ,

Peace and Understanding

This podcast has brought a great deal of peace and understanding to my life. It has had a profound impact on my everyday life and helped me let go of many things I struggled with and tried to control. Thank you so very much.

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