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I'm creating podcast episodes offering practical wisdom for everyday life -- solutions to modern human concerns -- informed by the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism popularized by thinkers including Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Improve your quality of life by implementing a strong mental framework informed by Stoic Philosophy!

I explore topics such as gratitude; acceptance; overcoming adversity; finding meaning in life; moderation; dealing with change; friendship; loneliness; and anger.

Stoic Solutions Podcast Justin Vacula

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I'm creating podcast episodes offering practical wisdom for everyday life -- solutions to modern human concerns -- informed by the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism popularized by thinkers including Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Improve your quality of life by implementing a strong mental framework informed by Stoic Philosophy!

I explore topics such as gratitude; acceptance; overcoming adversity; finding meaning in life; moderation; dealing with change; friendship; loneliness; and anger.

    Episode 97: Ben Aldridge How To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

    Episode 97: Ben Aldridge How To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by ancient philosophers of Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. Visit my website at stoicsolutionspodcast.com.

    This is episode 97 – Ben Aldridge: How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable – 43 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset. We talk about how to overcome anxiety, the value of taking on challenges, and improving mindset.

    Ben Aldridge writes about practical philosophy, comfort zones, mental health and adventure. His first book How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset is an exploration of unique ways to leave our comfort zones, face our fears and overcome our anxieties. Heavily influenced by Stoicism, Buddhism, popular psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Ben's challenges encourage us to get uncomfortable and experience the personal growth that we can only gain from pushing ourselves to the limit.



    Support my work through Patreon, SubscribeStar, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links:
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    Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content:

    Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/

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    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483

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    Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: http://justinvacula.com/2018/04/02/stoic-solutions-podcast-discord-chat/

    John Bartmann offered free consultation and audio edits for episodes 51-63.
    https://www.johnbartmann.com/

    Thanks to Phil Giordana from the symphonic metal group Fairyland whose music was included in past episodes, but now removed because YouTube has been flagging my videos with copyright claims even though Phil agreed to share the music! https://www.facebook.com/Groupe.Fairyland.Officiel/

    Music: Birds by Scandinavianz https://soundcloud.com/scandinavianz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/Birds-Scandinavianz Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/4iknKLfV2X8

    Show notes:

    Discover more at Ben's website and on social media:

    Website:www.benaldridge.com

    Book: https://www.amazon.com/How-Comfortable-Being-Uncomfortable-Wonderful/dp/1786783428/ref=sr_1_2?crid=NIF3IV4V9XAB&dchild=1&keywords=how+to+be+comfortable+with+being+uncomfortable&qid=1598195286&sprefix=how+to+be+com%2Caps%2C168&sr=8-2

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dothingsthatchallengeyou/?hl=en

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/iambenaldridge?lang=en

    • 40 min
    Episode 96: Piotr Stankiewicz - Stoicism In a Pandemic

    Episode 96: Piotr Stankiewicz - Stoicism In a Pandemic

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula.

    This is episode 96 – Piotr Stankiewicz – Stoicism in a Pandemic. We talk about mental health; the importance of a strong mindset and how to cultivate it; flexibility; personal responsibility; moderation; and how to live a fulilling life.

    Piotr is a philosopher, author, and teacher specializing in Stoicism based in Warsaw, Poland. He writes in English and in Polish captivated by the idea that Stoicism is not only a school of philosophy from a Classics textbook, but a viable philosophy of life for modern times. He is a member of the Modern Stoicism team, an international network of scholars and authors promoting Stoic philosophy. In 2019, with Vernon Press, he published 'Does Happiness Write Blank Pages? On Stoicism and Artistic Creativity.' His book 'A Manual of Reformed Stoicism' was published in 2020. See show notes for links to his websites, Facebook page, and contact information.

    Support my work through Patreon, SubscribeStar, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links:
    http://justinvacula.com/donate/

    Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content:
    Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/
    SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/justinvacula
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinvacula
    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/justin-vacula/stoic-philosophy
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I4gq7yzmfr63glwfvin2kmciifq
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSolutionsPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoicSolutions
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justinvacula

    Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: http://justinvacula.com/2018/04/02/stoic-solutions-podcast-discord-chat/

    John Bartmann offered free consultation and audio edits for episodes 51-63.
    https://www.johnbartmann.com/

    Music: Birds by Scandinavianz https://soundcloud.com/scandinavianz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/Birds-Scandinavianz Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/4iknKLfV2X8

    Show notes:

    http://myslnikstankiewicza.pl/reformed-stoicism/
    https://www.facebook.com/SztukaZyciaWedlugStoikow/
    mikolaj.piotr@gmail.com

    • 52 min
    Episode 95 – Kai Whiting On Vegetarian And Vegan Eating

    Episode 95 – Kai Whiting On Vegetarian And Vegan Eating

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula.

    This is episode 95 – Kai Whiting on Vegetarian and Vegan Eating. Kai is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoic Philosophy based at UC Louvain in Belgium. He tweets @KaiWhiting and blogs at StoicKai.com. His newest paper is titled 'How might a Stoic eat in accordance with nature and “environmental facts”?' We last met at Stoicon 2019 and continue our conversation today!

    Support my work through Patreon, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links
    http://justinvacula.com/donate/

    Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content:

    Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/

    SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/justinvacula

    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483

    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinvacula

    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/justin-vacula/stoic-philosophy

    Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I4gq7yzmfr63glwfvin2kmciifq

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSolutionsPodcast/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoicSolutions

    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justinvacula

    Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: http://justinvacula.com/2018/04/02/stoic-solutions-podcast-discord-chat/

    John Bartmann offered free consultation and audio edits for episodes 51-63.
    https://www.johnbartmann.com/

    Music: Birds by Scandinavianz https://soundcloud.com/scandinavianz Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/Birds-Scandinavianz Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/4iknKLfV2X8

    • 49 min
    Episode 94: Thomas Sheedy with Atheists For Liberty

    Episode 94: Thomas Sheedy with Atheists For Liberty

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. Visit my website at stoicsolutionspodcast.com.

    This is episode 94 – Thomas Sheedy with Atheists For Liberty. Thomas is the President and Founder of Atheists For Liberty – a 501 (c) 3 non-profit educational organization. Atheists For Liberty's principles include individual liberty, religious freedom, a free exchange of ideas, the Constitution, and secular government.

    Unlike other atheist groups, Atheists For Liberty openly welcomes libertarians, conservatives, and centrists largely ignored and often stigmatized. Atheists For Liberty is also explicitly against social justice and wokeness championed by many on the political left.

    I invited Thomas to join me to continue the discussion about injustice from episode 92 with David Silverman and episode 89 with Peter Boghossian. Thomas, Peter, and David show a high degree of courage speaking out against popular opinion and all warn us – as Stoic authors do – about the dangers of crowds and unexamined popular ideas.

    We recorded our conversation at the end of May. Since then, I've become the Public Relations Manager of Atheists for Liberty and am happy to support their cause. Visit http://www.atheistsforliberty.org and become a member today!

    Support my work through Patreon, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links
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    Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content:
    Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/
    SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/justinvacula
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinvacula
    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/justin-vacula/stoic-philosophy
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I4gq7yzmfr63glwfvin2kmciifq
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSolutionsPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoicSolutions
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justinvacula

    Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: http://justinvacula.com/2018/04/02/stoic-solutions-podcast-discord-chat/

    Podcast music, used with permission, is from Fairyland's album 'Score to a New Beginning.' View their Facebook page here:
    https://www.facebook.com/Groupe.Fairyland.Officiel/

    John Bartmann offered free consultation and audio edits for episodes 51-63.
    https://www.johnbartmann.com/

    • 47 min
    Episode 93: Leah Goldrick on Overcoming Illness

    Episode 93: Leah Goldrick on Overcoming Illness

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula.

    This is episode 93 – Leah Goldrick on overcoming sickness. We talk about the current pandemic, how Leah recovered from the disease, and how Stoicism was helpful in her recovery.

    We recorded our conversation at the end of May during shelter in place in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania – two states we're recording from. Please excuse the slight background noise on Leah's end as I wasn't able to edit all of it! I'm also avoiding the use of a certain virus starting with the letter c, at least in the episode description and title because YouTube is demonatizing content.

    Find Leah's work at commonsenseethics.com where you can read her blog posts, visit her YouTube channel, and find her on social media. Leah has also authored numerous pieces for modernstoicism.com dating back to 2016.

    Support my work through Patreon, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links
    http://justinvacula.com/donate/

    Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content:
    Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/
    SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/justinvacula
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stoic-philosophy/id1264404483
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/justinvacula
    Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/justin-vacula/stoic-philosophy
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I4gq7yzmfr63glwfvin2kmciifq
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoicSolutionsPodcast/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/StoicSolutions
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/justinvacula

    Engage at home or on-the-go with podcast listeners and people interested in Stoicism & Philosophy in my new interactive easy-to-use Discord chat channel: http://justinvacula.com/2018/04/02/stoic-solutions-podcast-discord-chat/

    Podcast music, used with permission, is from Fairyland's album 'Score to a New Beginning.' View their Facebook page here:
    https://www.facebook.com/Groupe.Fairyland.Officiel/

    John Bartmann offered free consultation and audio edits for episodes 51-63.
    https://www.johnbartmann.com/

    • 40 min
    Episode 92: David Silverman On Injustice

    Episode 92: David Silverman On Injustice

    You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life inspired by the ancient tradition of Stoic Philosophy from Greece and Rome. I'm your host, Justin Vacula.

    This is episode 92 – David Silverman on Injustice. Dave speaks about injustice he sees from the political left adding his personal experience recovering from #metoo allegations he argues are unsubstantiated. Dave also talks about guilt, the danger of groupthink, depression, anger, and friendship.

    I've been meaning to record this episode for some time following Dave speaking out after months of silence. Initially, and still to this day, some see Dave as an abuser, but after reading his side of the story complemented with testimony from others, I see no good reason to believe the accusations levied against Dave.

    David and I started to talk about the concept of justice, but the conversation went more into his personal story and insights reflecting on his time as president of American Atheists and chair of the 2012 Reason Rally. Dave was one of the most -- if not the most -- public-facing individuals challenging religion and advocating for church/state separation with his brand of firebrand atheism even appearing on Fox News challenging Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly.

    Years ago, Dave and I butted heads. He was deep into social justice and feminism, but now the situation is quite different as Dave has left the far left. He's apologized for his past behavior and I'm happy to accept his apology. We chatted for more than an hour, but unfortunately some audio was lost due to some technical problems.

    Visit my website at StoicSolutionsPodcast.com for past episodes and social media links. Support my efforts through Patreon to receive special perks including having upcoming podcast guests answer your questions; custom-made podcast episodes; and private one-on-one calls to discuss whatever you'd like. Visit my other podcast at HurdyGurdyTravel.com to learn how to make money, save money, and travel the world at next to no cost with credit card rewards, deals, and loyalty programs.

    Mentioned in episode:

    Dave's website Firebrand For Good explaining why he is innocent:
    https://firebrandforgood.com/metoo/

    Jamie Kilstein appears on Joe Rogan show following #metoo allegation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fa_ZA9k5t4

    Delve further:

    September 2019: David speaks following allegation:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dglOKCsgDCI

    Feb 2020: One of David Silverman's accusers responds:
    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/dogma-debate-with-david-smalle-23042071/episode/447-rebecca-vitsmun-responds-58449594/

    Feb 2020: David Silverman court hearing audio, judge denies restraining order against Dave:
    https://www.iheart.com/podcast/dogma-debate-with-david-smalle-23042071/episode/446-dave-silvermans-court-hearing-58090364/

    Support my work through Patreon, the Cash App, and Paypal and use referral links
    http://justinvacula.com/donate/

    Podcast music, used with permission, is from Fairyland's album 'Score to a New Beginning.' View their Facebook page here:
    https://www.facebook.com/Groupe.Fairyland.Officiel/

    • 40 min

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