When Marcus Aurelius heard that his beloved teacher Fronto had lost a grandchild, he sent him a letter. Perhaps, if you believe in the stereotype of the unfeeling Stoic, you might expect that this letter was intended to buck his friend up, or attempted to remind the grieving Fronto that loss was a part of life and something we had to be prepared for.In our recent interview with Professor Martha Nussbaum on the Daily Stoic podcast, we talked about this exchange.---And in today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan answers questions from a conference of tech and e-commerce entrepreneurs after a talk he gave in downtown Austin. The topics that he covers include how Ryan manages his time between writing books and creating content, why he searches for wisdom from a wide variety of sources, and how we can balance our decisions with the context that we are making them in.
Ryan speaks with Heather Cox Richardson about her new book Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, her mission to deliver history as a way of promoting human connection, changing the game of story-telling, how to combat the dark energies that are fed by sowing division and more.Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian, author and educator. She is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians. In addition to her widely renowned books on history, which include How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America and Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre, Heather also puts out a newsletter on one of the largest Substacks on the internet, Letters from an American, with over 1.2 million subscribers. She also co-hosts the Now and Then Podcast with fellow historian Joanne Freeman. Heather was named one of USA Today's Women of the Year in 2022. Her work can be found at heathercoxrichardson.substack.com. ✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Because of the work we've done. Because of the study. Because of the experiences. We know. We know what's right. We know what's possible. We know how things should go.The problem, as we've said before, is that it's very easy to forget that the Stoics believed only in *self-*discipline.
My guest in this week's Book Club podcast is the writer, broadcaster and academic Mary Beard. In her new book, Emperor of Rome, she explores what we can and can't know about the men who ruled the Roman Empire, and what the lurid stories about so many of them tell us about the anxieties and fantasies of Rome's ordinary citizens and the remarkable resilience of the regime. We also discuss, among other things: decapitated ostriches, fatal rose petals, and Mary's robust reappraisal of Marcus Aurelius's 'sub-Stoic' maundering.
This week on Acta Non Verba David Acosta Jr. discusses various aspects of self-defense, including misconceptions, situational awareness, the limitations of ground fighting, and the importance of training and preparation. Listen in as we explore the use of self-preservation tools like blades and firearms, as well as the significance of mental resilience and understanding violence. We also discuss the need for a comprehensive approach to self-defense and the importance of seeking training from experienced instructors. The conversation also delves into the topics of training for formidable opponents, the impact of adversity, and the importance of faith. David Acosta Jr, a dedicated former law enforcement officer, pursued his policing dream in the northeastern US. His 17-year career included diverse roles from undercover work to leading SWAT teams. Now, as Owner/Lead Instructor at Allegiance Defense Solutions, LLC, he shares his expertise, fostering self-reliant defenders and remaining a devoted family man. You can learn more about David at: https://allegiancedefensesolutions.com/ Learn more about the gift of Adversity and my mission to help my fellow humans create a better world by heading to www.marcusaureliusanderson.com. There you can take action by joining my ANV inner circle to get exclusive content and information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Look, we all mess up. We take certain people or clients for granted and a relationship deteriorates. We get distracted and make an unnecessary mistake. We are overwhelmed by a passion or a temper and do something bad.We're humans. It happens.What follows are consequences.---And in today's video excerpt from the Daily Stoic YouTube channel, Ryan defines nine key methods that the Stoics used to build character that will help steer you toward a new destiny.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
What's Your Word? Around this time every year, successful people are planning next year and many, declare to me the WORD they have chosen to guide their life. I like words - especially when combined with wisdom and a few wisecracks - but that might be just me. Still, I'm always amazed at how excited people get and how much they believe their WORD will guide them into the next year. I'm jealous. I need a WORD, too - and that's where the trouble begins. I can't imagine choosing a single word to represent 365 days of getting after it. However, having a WORD is an emotional trigger and fires neurons in your brain to keep you moving, so why can't my WORD be several WORDS? Just like magic - they arrived… Simple. Sophisticated. Focused. Automated. Delegated. Deleted. Ritualistic. It's a little Stoic, and a lot of Scott LOGIC - it works for me. Still… I missed one. And it turned out to be the GLUE that held all those other words together. Resilient. That's the key to success. If you could use an emotional supercharger, choose a WORD… or WORDS for next year… and see how everything goes your way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The only thing that is stays the same in life is change. In this short episode, we talk about how we can learn to embrace change and create the life we want by riding the wave of the universe. If you enjoyed the episode, leave a like, subscribe, and review! DM me on Instagram at victor.zenstoic to get the Sovereign Dream Meditation.Connect with me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/victor.zenstoic
In this enthralling episode of Legacy Leaders, we delve deep into the mind and journey of the multifaceted Ismael Chang Ghalimi.Holding the esteemed CEO position at STOIC, Ismael has magnanimously coached over 250 crème de la crème contributors from LinkedIn's top 500 Collaborative Articles. As a visionary, he pioneered the creation of the world's first intelligent data cloud. Today, he is known as an AI and data SME.But Ismael's prowess is not limited to the corporate arena. Skies acknowledge him as an instrument-rated private pilot, while the underwater world recognizes his expertise as a SCUBA assistant instructor. On land, his craftsmanship as a machinist is unparalleled.Born in France, he carries the heritage of Algeria, the heart of Japan, and the embrace of the Chinese union, all while proudly resonating with the spirit of America by choice.Ismael's thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. He is an insatiable learner, ceaselessly expanding the horizons of his intellect and skill set. Join us as we explore the riveting tapestry of Ismael's life and achievements.
FREE TRANSCENDENT MEDITATION COURSE: https://www.mindbodyheartspirit.com/freecourse Daily Meditations: https://www.patreon.com/raphaelreiter FREE WEEKLY LETTER BY RAPHAEL: https://www.raphaelreiter.com If you would like to support the channel, you can buy me a coffee via: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/raph Connect with me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raphael.reiter QUOTE OF THE DAY “Man is affected, not by events, but by the view he takes of them.” - Epictetus Explanation: Epictetus, once again, emphasizes the power of perception. This Stoic philosopher believes that our reactions and attitudes, more than the events themselves, determine our emotional and mental states. An event in itself is neutral; it's the interpretation we give it that makes it positive or negative. This philosophy encourages personal responsibility, self-reflection, and emotional control, teaching us to focus on altering our perspectives rather than trying to change uncontrollable external circumstances. Actionable Item: Identify a recent event that you perceived negatively. Try reframing it and looking at it from a different perspective. How does changing your perception of the event alter your emotional response to it? Journaling Prompt: Think about a significant event in your life. How did your perspective on this event affect your feelings and reactions? If you could change your view of it now, how would that change your experience? Engage with Stoic philosophy through "Finding Happiness in the Present," a guided meditation for transcendence. Built upon Seneca's wisdom, this journey guides you towards a deep appreciation and enjoyment of the present, free from anxious dependence on the future. Transcend worldly concerns and cultivate inner peace by truly living in the now.
Podcast notes: Tom Nash General: Tom's website: https://www.tomnash.com/ Tom's TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/tom_nash_the_perks_of_being_a_pirate_jan_2019?language=en Follow: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DjHookie Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djhookie/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomnash/ References: The Curb-Cut Effect: https://ssir.org/articles/entry/the_curb_cut_effect The CRISPR twins: https://time.com/5466967/crispr-twins-lives/ Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Antifragile.html?id=5fqbz_qGi0AC&redir_esc=y#:~:text=Antifragile%20is%20a%20standalone%20book,world%20we%20don't%20understand. Timestamps: 1.00 Introductions. Tom's visible disability. Why Tom doesn't consider himself an inspirational speaker. 6.36 The interplay between Tom's personality and his disability and the role of humour in putting people at ease. 13.16 The origins of Tom's disability and his experiences over 18 months in hospitals. Design and creativity and the development of his DJ brand. 27.38 How adaptations to improve accessibility often benefit wider society; the curb-cut effect, door levers and subtitles. 35.25 Why Tom prefers hooks to electric hands. How his prosthetics operate. Potential developments in tissue regrowth technology. 39.57 Disability activists online. The role of genetic modification and human wellbeing. 47.32 The impact of technology on all our lives, especially smartphones. The value of doing things the hard way sometimes. 51.35 Relationships and intimacy. How being dependent on a partner can feel. 56.25 Psychology and being anti-fragile. 58.20 Tom's choice to live. The opportunities of post traumatic growth. 1.01.07 Pity and the soft bigotry of low expectations. The solitude of being a DJ. How might AI impact the role of the DJ? 1.14.13 Praise for the Australian Health System and gratitude for the support of friends and family. Tom's book is being published in September 2023. 1.16.16 Tom's happiness with his life. 1.17.58 Thanks and outro. Sound engineering by Justin Ward Shownotes by Nicola Muir
Diving into the life and work of Lucius Annaeus Seneca from his Letters From a Stoic and On the Shortness of Life-----Check out my new book Chasing Greatness: Timeless Stories on the Pursuit of ExcellenceSign up for my weekly greatness newsletter sent out every Saturday morning with stories, lessons, and quotes from greats throughout history, and some thoughts from me.-----Show Notes1:45 - Background on Seneca8:25 - On wealth and riches“I do not regard a man as poor, if the little which remains is enough for him.”“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”9:50 - On building discipline“The body should be treated more rigorously, that it may not be disobedient to the mind. Eat merely to relieve your hunger; drink merely to quench your thirst; dress merely to keep out the cold; house yourself merely as a protection against personal discomfort.”13:10- Practicing poverty“I shall give you also a lesson: Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: "Is this the condition that I feared?"18:45 - On death“There is no fixed count on our years. You do not know where death awaits you; so be ready for it everywhere.”21:40 - On reflection“As far as possible, prove yourself guilty, hunt up charges against yourself; play the part first of accuser, then of judge, last of intercessor. At times be harsh with yourself.”“I shall keep watching myself continually, and – a most useful habit – shall review each day. For this is what makes us wicked: that no one of us looks back over his own life. Our thoughts are devoted only to what we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future always depend on the past.”26:00- On freedom“And what is freedom, you ask? It means not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling fortune to enter the list on equal terms.”“You may therefore be sure that you are at peace with yourself, when no noise reaches you, when no word shakes you out of yourself, whether it be of flattery or of threat, or merely an empty sound buzzing about you with an unmeaning dim.”34:30: On preparation“That which has been long expected comes more gently.”“Each day, he leaves his home with this thought in mind: “Today I will meet many addicted to wine, many overcome by lust, many who lack gratitude, many enslaved by greed, and many bewitched by the false promises of ambition” But all these conditions he will treat with kindness, as a doctor treats his own patients.”40:35: On a daily reminder“What can be given can also be taken away.”43:15 On time“It is not that we have a short time to love. But that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it we all well invested…So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, adn we are not ill-supplied bit wasteful of it.”-----Resources Memento Mori Calander Check out
Join Angi and Jay as they dive into a peculiar trend sweeping TikTok, where women discover just how often men think about the Roman Empire. Is it mere nostalgia for gladiators and emperors, or is there a deeper connection rooted in the history and teachings of Roman philosophy? This episode unpacks the psychology behind this trend and explores some timeless Stoic lessons that continue to resonate today.Welcome to the Do Hard Things Podcast with your host Jay Tiegs, Are you ready to amplify and improve your life? Then you are in the right place. On this podcast we have unfiltered conversation with inspiring people who take on challenges and share with us, the wisdom from their journey. We talk about how doing hard things adequately enable all of us to deal with life's struggles and challenges and ultimately improve the quality of our lives. Do Hard Things Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/dohardthings
It's impossible not to read Marcus Aurelius or Seneca and sense that they were always working. Not that they were literally always at the office–as we said, they believed in a kind of work life balance–but on themselves.They were studying. They were reflecting. They were asking questions.---And with today's meditation on the day's Daily Journal excerpt, Ryan discusses why panic, which only serves to expose us to greater danger, can only be avoided by effective preparation.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
As one of history's most important biographers and essayists, Plutarch studied deeply the traits of great Greek and Roman leaders to identify just what it is that made them great. In today's audiobook reading, Ryan shares an excerpt from How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership, in which Plutarch clearly and succinctly lays out his thoughts on the subject, as well as his advice to anyone striving to become a leader. This book is part of the fantastic Princeton University Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series, which you can find at The Painted Porch.
Ryan speaks with Jake Seliger about how his cancer diagnosis and having his tongue removed have changed his perspective on life, why he is prioritizing people much more highly than work now, how he is making every single minute count, what he is trying to communicate with his recent outpouring of creativity, accepting death, and more.Jake Seliger is a writer, editor, and researcher. He has written two novels: The Hook and Asking Anna, as well as many essays covering a wide range of social and scientific subjects. Jake is also the Principal of Seliger + Associates, a grant writing and grant source service for nonprofits, public agencies and selected businesses throughout the United States. In October of 2022, Jake was diagnosed with tongue cancer, which called for the complete removal of his tongue. Despite that surgery, a later diagnosis found that the cancer had spread more quickly than expected, and tumors were found in his neck and lungs. He and his family are now raising funds to undergo the next round of treatments. Jake's own account of the surgeries and reflections on his experiences can be read here: jakeseliger.com/2023/09/09/life-swallowing-tasting-and-speaking-after-a-total-glossectomy-meaning-i-have-no-tongue. You can find Jake's work on jakeseliger.com and on Twitter @seligerj, and please do visit his GoFundMe to help pay for his cancer treatment at www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-fight-against-cancer-with-jake-s.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
This episode gets into some concepts from Stoic philosophy about there being an order to the universe and other potentially interesting shit. Find Bus on various platforms linked here: https://bus.graffitimachine.com/
During the American Revolution—as in any war—the British quite rightly targeted the estates and the landholdings of the leadership on the American side. Because to them, these men weren't founders—they were instigators. At one point in the war, George Washington's estate was threatened by advancing troops. Thinking he might be able to save his boss's property, one of Washington's overseers rushed out to try to convince the enemy to spare them.When Washington heard about this, he was not pleased. In fact, he wrote immediately to his staff: I'd rather my home be demolished than receive special treatment.---And in today's excerpt from The Daily Stoic, Ryan explains why the competition found in sports is such a great space for planting and sowing the seeds of resilience, determination, and courage that directly transfer into a life well lived.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
It's impossible not to read Marcus Aurelius or Seneca and sense that they were always working. Not that they were literally always at the office–as we said, they believed in a kind of work life balance–but on themselves.They were studying. They were reflecting. They were asking questions. Late at night after his wife went to sleep, Seneca would pull out his journals and evaluate the day, going over what he'd done well, where he didn't live up to his standards. Marcus, most famously, was seen as an old man, picking up his tablets and heading off to attend a lecture by Sextus, a wise teacher.---And in today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan speaks with members of the Minnesota Twins organization about how Stoicism can be applied to make their business better. The lessons that Ryan covers include how her re-centers when he finds himself straying from his Stoic path, the "ah-ha" moment that got him hooked on the teachings of Stoicism, and why Stoicism is a philosophy for all of life.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Ryan speaks with Sid Stockdale about his who his new memoir A World Apart: Growing Up Stockdale During Vietnam speaks to, how his family survived his father's seven-year imprisonment, the valuable lessons that his father taught him about Stoicism upon his return home, the untold story of his mother's strength, and more.Sid Stockdale is a speaker, author, teacher, and the second of four sons of the late Navy Admiral James Stockdale, who survived captivity as a prisoner of War in Hanoi during the Vietnam War by embracing Stoicism and the teachings of Epictetus. Sid was an educator for 40 years, having taught history and hiring, evaluating, and mentoring teaching in independent schools across America. He currently serves on the board of trustees at his alma mater, South Kent School, in Connecticut. ✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
The Emperor Hadrian's life sometimes felt, as it does for all leaders, like an endless demand for favors. Letters came from across the empire asking for this and that. The Senate, the courts, his own family–everybody always seemed to need something. Naturally, he struggled under this burden. Naturally, he tried to create barriers and boundaries so he could do his job…and maintain some level of sanity amidst all the requests.
This week on Acta Non Verba Jessie Torres shares her personal journey of overcoming abuse and trauma, as well as her commitment to breaking the cycle of abuse in her own family. Listen in as we explore the importance of facing adversity and finding the light in our darkest moments. We emphasize the power of changing our perspective and taking ownership of our emotions and actions. We also discuss the need for greater focus on wellness, emotional intelligence, and acts of kindness in society. For the last 20 + years Peak Performance Coach and Life Strategist, Jessie Torres has coached thousands of High Performance People from all walks of life and various parts of the world that have achieved success and the highest level of fulfillment. Out of the top 120 coaches on the planet, Jessie ranked either number 1 or top 3 in every measurable category while working with the top coaching company in the world. Jessie is fueled by a passionate love for humanity and a burning desire to end suffering. She is driven to discover the truth of the client's deepest potential and unlock the limitless opportunities that leave others in the dark ages! Bringing all levels of mindset, emotional intelligence, energy and strategy with an authentic, client driven approach. Jessie's teachings will help you transform your life from pain or trauma into purpose and passion, what Jessie refers to as “Fierce Grace”. You can learn more about Jessie at: https://unshakeablelife.com Learn more about the gift of Adversity and my mission to help my fellow humans create a better world by heading to www.marcusaureliusanderson.com. There you can take action by joining my ANV inner circle to get exclusive content and information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Everything seems fine. Everything seems better than fine. Your life is going great. You're happy. You're in love. Your finances are great. But will it last? Or will Fortune, as Seneca said she is wont to do, surprise you with a reversal?---And in today's Daily Stoic video excerpt, Ryan shares why running is an excellent activity to use to practice Stoic, from its mental and physical endurance benefits, to its strengthening of resilience.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
After a long line of incompetence, after a long chain of excuses, after a series of failures, the Union cause finally turned around when General Ulysses S. Grant took command. Other generals had focused on pomp and circumstance, they had been anxious and defensive, they claimed they didn't have the resources or troops they needed.As the great historian Bruce Catton wrote in The Hallowed Ground, “when Grant showed up things began to happen.” It didn't matter if he was in charge of a small army or a big one, he was a leader and when leaders arrive, they make a difference.---And in today's reading from the Daily Stoic Journal, Ryan explains why it's so important to remember the idea that "hurt people hurt people" when thinking about how to respond to haters.
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“If we're in a fully awakened state, trauma's not a problem. In a sense, it's not trauma. It just becomes something beloved. It becomes washed through with love and acceptance. That's the healing.”— Henry Shukman, HEx Podcast #55While Western mental health often focuses on eliminating trauma and pain as if they were thorns to be plucked, Eastern philosophies offer a contrasting perspective: embracing suffering through unconditional love and acceptance, thereby neutralizing its negative impact.The terms "awakening" and "healing" are frequently used interchangeably, though they convey distinct concepts. Healing is the act of mending what is fragmented, optimizing what can be improved, and integrating what has been divided. In contrast, awakening refers to the awareness of reality's non-dual nature, a realization that there is nothing to mend or improve because everything is inherently perfect and whole.So, should we bypass healing and jump straight to awakening? According to Henry Shukman, our guest for this episode, the answer is more nuanced.Henry is a seasoned meditation instructor who has harmoniously blended various meditative disciplines with psychotherapy, plant medicine, and other therapeutic practices to create a synergistic path toward wholeness in his own life. From the depths of eczema and despair to profound enlightenment and peace, Henry has navigated a balanced pathway that he shares in this illuminating discussion.Join us as Henry generously lays down the stepping stones for us to traverse the intricate landscapes of healing and awakening.What We Explore:Henry's transformative awakening journey and the subsequent emotional challengesHow awakening alters our relationship with traumaA powerful solution to combat lonelinessInitiating the journey into non-duality while dealing with traumaPractical approaches to working with Zen koansCan ordinary individuals achieve true awakening?Henry's top Zen resources and recommendationsStrategies for finding the right spiritual mentors and practicesThe viability of making substantial progress via online spiritual training coursesTune in for an enlightening episode that bridges the gap between healing and awakening, and offers practical guidance for those navigating both realms.Get immediate access to premium Stoic meditation courses, exclusive community, straight-to-the-point lessons, and Q&As created by Jon Brooks. Includes a 7-day free trial.
Agrippinus marched to the beat of his own drum. Today, Ryan reads from his book Lives Of The Stoics to explain just what that meant for one of the most eccentric and interesting Stoic philosophers, Paconius Agrippinus, who was heralded by Epictetus as a pillar of Stoicism, and who was willing to die to be himself. ✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Ryan speaks with James Outman on why he believes that baseball and Stoicism both promote the same practices, why baseball players are uniquely prepared to deal with failure, how practicing the Stoic mindset helps him survive “the yips”, why Lou Gehrig's story is the perfect example of Memento Mori, and more.James Outman is a professional baseball player who plays centerfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since being called up to the Majors in July of 2022, James has amassed a batting average of .260 with 18 home runs and 81 RBI (as of September 2023). The highlights of his rookie season included hitting the Dodgers' first home run of the 2023 season, and a go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs, as well as winning the National League Rookie of the Month award for April 2023. James credits much of his MLB success to the mental fortitude that he has developed since reading The Obstacle Is The Way during the pandemic and studying Stoicism ever since. You can follow James on Instagram @jamesoutman and Twitter @james_outman.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Are you focused on the quality of your life? Do you take care of your mental and physical health? Are you distracted, stressed? In this episode, Danny and Randy discuss Stoic life hacks and how to live well. Subscribe to ESP's YouTube Channel! Thanks for listening! Do you have a question you want answered in a future episode? If so, send your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org Seeking Your Insight... (google.com)
In this liberated life interview, I sat down with Dr. James Leonette to talk about what it means to master the brain-body connection. Dr. Leonette has a passion for understanding, assessing and improving human performance. He has spent his career studying and improving the human body and mind. He holds a doctorate in chiropractic, a masters of science in occupational hygiene and safety, fellowship in International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, several advanced chiropractic certifications and is a DOT certified medical examiner. He earned a bachelors in medical technology and has completed has advanced course work in functional medicine, nutrition, and epigenetics coaching.Dr. Leonette is the founder and clinic director at Enliven Wellness, a multi-doctor chiropractic, acupuncture and functional healing center. He was twice been awarded Chiropractor of the Year by The Masters Circle Global. He founded and oversees Enliven Occupational Health, a state of the art occupational health and pre-employment testing center and safety device distributor. His most recent endeavor, Alpha Emerged, focuses on executive health coaching centered around optimizing your genetic expression. He was a certified investigator with U.S. Food and Drug Administration in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, foods and biologics. As a member of the International Device Cadre, he inspected high level medical device production facilities throughout Europe and Asia.He loves adventures and travels frequently. He has hiked in the Black Forest, climbed glaciers in Iceland, scuba dived in the Caribbean, and been a chiropractic missionary in Vietnam and Dominican Republic. He has been a guest speaker a multiple universities, businesses and organizations throughout the US. 0:00 - Introduction3:05 - Neuro Development8:08 - How reflex and response effect thought13:38 - Suppressed emotion can become physical pain25:56 - How your emotions affect your body32:07 - Listen to your body37:10 - How to Find Clarity in breathing41:12 - We are products of our environment57:00 - There is something to learn from everyone
With the proliferation of dashcams and the spread of social media, we see these clips everywhere. It's basically its own genre of video at this point. A driver is frustrated with someone going too slow in front of them, so they honk. Then they swerve, step on the gas to pass them–often waving a middle finger or honking a horn or shouting out a rolled down window as they do so–only to almost immediately get pulled over. Or violently crash. A vivid, painful demonstration of poetic justice a few miles down the road.It would be funny if it wasn't so dangerous.---And in today's excerpt from the Daily Stoic, Ryan discusses why it's better to devote your time and energy to actually doing things instead of letting everybody else know that you are doing them.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
SO many of the ills of the world are due to hurt feelings and worry over what other people say and do that we need a new motto. Let us try this, "Nothing matters." Jesus exclaims, "What is that to thee? Follow thou me.". That has nothing to do with you unless you allow it. Why do you allow yourself to worry and fuss if someone seems preferred before you ? There is enough for you to do. You have your place somewhere. What does it matter to you if your neighbor does act unneighborly ? He won't have the opportunity to hurt you unless you care. Why should you go about with an aching heart because people won't take your advice, or insist on doing things in a different way from that which you approve? Will that change them any? Suppose that some member of your family is a bit uncouth or even rude, don't you see that you are only aggravating it by "caring?" When you show your indifference, not defiantly, but by really not "allowing it to matter," you will see the things change. You say, business is going wrong and I must worry! Worry will only hasten the end. You need to save yourself so that you will have a clear mind to act in case of emergency or a change for the better. Say, "nothing matters."
Do struggle with loneliness? Have the last few years of lockdowns and isolation been hard on you? Today I want to talk about loneliness, why it's something that shouldn't be ignored, and why it's important for us to reach out and connect to others. “We are waves of the same sea, leaves of the same tree, flowers of the same garden.” —Seneca
In a recent piece in The Atlantic, Tyler Austin Harper, a black professor from Bates College, argued that so-called “anti-racism” has gone too far. In their righteous crusade against the bad color-blindness of policies such as race-neutral college admissions, these contemporary anti-racists have also jettisoned the kind of good color-blindness that holds that we are more than our race, and that we should conduct our social life according to that idealized principle. Rather than balance a critique of color-blind law and policy with a continuing embrace of interpersonal color-blindness as a social etiquette, contemporary anti-racists throw the baby out with the bathwater. The term “anti-racist” came from a recent explosion of writing such as Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility and Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Anti-Racist, and it carries enormous ideological implications. According to Kendi, “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.'” For figures like Kendi and DiAngelo, anti-racism isn't just the commitment to combat racism wherever we happen to see it, it's the commitment to see racism everywhere, entrenched in the heart of society and present in all its aspects. Even more, to be “anti-racist” requires the adoption of a very narrow set of policy prescriptions, all of which come from an increasingly left side of the political world. In this world, white people must move from a position of “neutrality” to actively “centering” race in all their discourse. Only then can “whiteness” and “implicit bias” be identified, admitted, and confessed. In practice, Harper warns, this only obliterates any distinctions between “structural” racism, a term referring to racial injustices embedded in wider society, and the interpersonal interactions with people of different races. It tends to rest on a troubling, even racist subtext: that white and Black Americans are so radically different that interracial relationships require careful management, constant eggshell-walking, and even expert guidance from professional anti-racists. Rather than producing racial harmony, this new ethos frequently has the opposite effect, making white-Black interactions stressful, unpleasant, or, perhaps most often, simply weird. This weirdness that Harper described is the fruit of Critical Race Theory, a wrong way to diagnose and respond to racism, because it makes racial injustice “a theory of everything.” Sixty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a world in which his own children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” However, “anti-racism” reverses that, presuming to know one's character, a priori, based only on the color of skin. Another important insight from Harper's article is that our racial dialogue has been shaped by the “triumph of the therapeutic,” which social critic Philip Rieff described as the “self, improved, (as) the ultimate concern of modern culture.” In a moment in which everything is about the self, Harper believes that racial dialogue is often not about making real progress, but making ourselves feel better through confession and activism. Throughout the biblical narrative, people are described as having a common parentage and heritage as image bearers. The Apostle Paul told the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens that God, “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth.” Those who are in Christ, no matter which tongue or tribe or nation or language they represent, are reconciled to their Creator and thus, to each other. Only Christianity can anchor this beautiful vision of the human condition on solid ground, and it has incredible implications for individuals and nations, for people and for social structures. Harper rightly concludes that we must see each other, first and foremost, as people, a kind of colorblindness that will prove far more effective than performative racial confessions or racialized division. That, however, is only true if there is something universal to our identity, dignity, and value. If there is, it must be an intrinsic reality of the human person, given rather than acquired. Only one vision of the human story, the biblical account of people and creation, offers anything like that. This Breakpoint was co-authored by Kasey Leander. For more resources to live like a Christian in this cultural moment, go to breakpoint.org.
No one knows what the future holds, but if it's anything like the present or the past, it will not be easy. Things will not go our way. Tragedies will happen. Injustices will be inflicted upon us. Institutions will crumble. People will behave abominably. Mistakes will be made. Disasters will strike.When, where, why? No one can say.But in a sense, the answers to those questions don't really matter.---And in today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan answers questions from employees at a talent acquisition recruiting company called Gem who he gave a talk to upon the recommendation of an old friend. The topics he covers include how to prioritize only what is essential in life, daily practices to prevent self-doubt from creeping into your mind, how having kids humbles you, and more.
This week on Acta Non Verba Mark Hardie discusses stoic philosophy, the importance of preparation and leading by example, and the commando spirit. Listen in as Mark and I explore the significance of cheerfulness and self-reliance in challenging situations, as well as the importance of values and virtues in businesses. Mark also shares his personal experience working with grieving families and how stoicism helped him cope. We discuss the importance of training and preparation for dealing with adversity and the impact of pressure on human performance. Finally, Mark emphasizes the need for continuous adaptation and learning, as well as creating an environment where learning and improvement are prioritized over blame and punishment. Mark Hardie is a former Royal Marines Commando and the author of Think Like a Marine - Anticipate - Adapt - Achieve. He has an exceptional background rooted in a military family, where he experienced a childhood marked by frequent relocations between various bases and schools throughout the United Kingdom due to his father's service as a British soldier. At the age of 25, he embarked on a remarkable journey by joining the Royal Marines as an officer, dedicating nearly two decades of his life to the armed forces. His service included significant contributions in Commando units during the post-9/11 era. Throughout his tenure, Mark provided vital support to casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan, displaying unwavering dedication. You can learn more about Mark at https://thinklikeamarine.com/ Learn more about the gift of Adversity and my mission to help my fellow humans create a better world by heading to www.marcusaureliusanderson.com. There you can take action by joining my ANV inner circle to get exclusive content and information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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We don't think of the ancient Romans as living just like us, but in many ways they did. A recent archaeological dig in Bulgaria found a Roman estate with a collection of household mirrors. In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History about the invention of glass mirrors, which means that Marcus Aurelius may have looked himself in the mirror in the morning just like you did.What did he see?✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Ryan speaks with Adrian Grenier in the second of a two-part episode about what it's really like to be famous, why and how he quit acting, how Adrian's lifestyle was shaped for the worse by his role on Entourage, how is living a better life now for his family, and more.Adrian Grenier is an actor, director, producer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and musician. He is best known for his role as Vincent Chase on the show Entourage and his roles in The Devil Wears Prada and Clickbait, as well as his directorial debut Shot in the Dark, which chronicled his search for his estranged father, as well as Teenage Paparazzo. He is currently producing a documentary series called Earth Speed in which he seeks out better ways for humanity to use its resources and capabilities to make positive impacts on the planet. Adrian's philanthropic work, including his promotion of sustainable living with his brand SHFT.com and his work with the Lonely Whale Foundation, garnered him the appointment of a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme in 2017. You can follow him on Instagram @adriangrenier and on Twitter @adriangrenier.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
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General Victor Krulak was an exacting Marine. He drove his troops hard. He cared about the tiniest details. He expected perfection. So you might think he would be upset–or at least disappointed–when a major leading review of troops inadvertently knocked off his own hat…which was then trampled by every Marine who followed.---And in today's Daily Stoic video excerpt, Ryan shares his top ten rules that the Stoics promoted in order to help ensure that they stayed on the right path and didn't let the complexity of life overwhelm them.
On this day 22 years ago, Brian Sweeney was a passenger trapped on hijacked United Airlines Flight 175. He knew something was wrong, but he could not have fully understood that he and so many others were about to be murdered in one of the most hateful and deranged acts of terrorism in history.But in those final few short minutes of his life, he managed to leave a beautiful message on his wife's voicemail.---And in today's reading from the Daily Stoic Journal, Ryan explains why the Stoics valued having a plan and relying on the strength of their own thoughts and actions over praying for things that were not in their control.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Today, Ryan presents a talk he gave to a group of coaches at the Tennessee Athletics Department about the core concepts of Stoicism and how they can apply them to their coaching practices in order to make their players, teams, and themselves better. In this first half of the talk, Ryan explains how the wisdom that Marcus Aurelius gained during his tragic life can be translated into success on and off the playing field, and why Epictetus considered Socrates to be the ultimate ball player.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Ryan speaks with Adrian Grenier in the first of a two-part episode about their parallel career and life trajectories, what it's really like to be famous, the rock-bottom moment that led to Adrian taking control of his life, why he is striving to be a better father than his own, why farming is the only profession for a philosopher, and more.Adrian Grenier is an actor, director, producer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and musician. He is best known for his role as Vincent Chase on the show Entourage and his roles in The Devil Wears Prada and Clickbait, as well as his directorial debut Shot in the Dark, which chronicled his search for his estranged father, as well as Teenage Paparazzo. He is currently producing a documentary series called Earth Speed in which he seeks out better ways for humanity to use its resources and capabilities to make positive impacts on the planet. Adrian's philanthropic work, including his promotion of sustainable living with his brand SHFT.com and his work with the Lonely Whale Foundation, garnered him the appointment of a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme in 2017. You can follow him on Instagram @adriangrenier and on Twitter @adriangrenier.✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail
Tom Brady has always been relentless about trying to get better. Trying to get his passes out quicker. Trying to get his spirals a little tighter. Trying to optimize his diet. Trying to recover from games faster.While almost none of us are like Tom Brady on the practice field, we're all like him in the sense that we spend a lot of time and energy focusing on improving ourselves at work, at our chosen craft or profession. But when it comes to personal improvement?---And in today's reading and meditation from The Daily Stoic, Ryan examines why Seneca stated that "no one is crushed by fortune unless they are first deceived by her," and the folly of trusting in fortune. You can read more of Seneca's views in On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long If You Know How to Use It.
A leader is a doer…but that doesn't mean they're always doing. In fact, if a leader is always doing, chances are they'll end up doing the wrong thing. Because they haven't taken enough time to think and study, question and prepare.---And in today's Ask Daily Stoic, Ryan answers questions from US Marines after a talk he gave at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air/Ground Combat Center. The topics that they touch on include how to practice Stoicism with your closest family members, balancing the ego that it takes to want to do something great with the tenants of Stoicism, his thoughts on Nietzsche's assertion that human beings have a will to power, and more.
The Stoics were towering figures of their own time. Marcus Aurelius was cheered in the streets. Cato was widely admired. Musonius Rufus was called the Roman Socrates. Their reputations preceded them, as it should with anyone who takes their commitment to the virtues of courage and discipline and justice and wisdom seriously.But how do we square these reputations, which the men obviously cultivated and worked hard not to betray, with the idea that a Stoic isn't supposed to care about what others think?✉️ Sign up for the Daily Stoic email: https://dailystoic.com/dailyemail