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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 13 – Reasoned Choice

The topic of conversation this week centres around our understanding of reason. If our lives are not ruled by reason, then what are they ruled by? I share my journal entry in relation to reason and provide further explanation. 

We also take a quick look at the life of Posidonius and explore in more detail 6 days worth of Stoic Wisdom from The Daily Stoic , the book by Ryan Holiday upon which this podcast is based.

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 12 – To Want and To Need – The Difference

We may want a new car but do we need it, we don't want to breathe we need to. So what's the difference? This week my reflections asked that question. In fact, back in 2017 it was a conversation between a coach and his team that sparked my curiosity in such a questions.  We also continue our journey through the years as we stop off and speak with Publius Rutilius Rufus and discover why History often gives him the nickname of "The last honest man in Rome"

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 11. – Being Present

The past is just a memory, the future is just a dream, if the clock told the truth it would just say NOW!. Taking inspiration from a prisoner on death row, which where I first heard the aforementioned short poem, to takeaway messages from the book by Dan and Chop Heath, The Power of Moments, being present is a topic I have been thinking quite deeply about recently. What does it mean to be present? Can it exist?  etc. This week I discuss my journal entry in relation to the 'being present' debate after firstly being introduced to Panaetius, known as the Stoic Connector.

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 10 – The game of life

In a break from the normal structure, this week I’ve decided to combine two days worth of reflections as both seemed relevant, with a focus on role models. It was Goethe who once said “Show me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are” – Jim Rohn’s widely quoted mine is ” You are the average of the five people you spend most time with” – Consciously consider whom you allow in your life – not like some snobby elitist,  but like someone who is trying to cultivate the best life possible. 

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 9 – (Non) Conformity

A phrase that keeps popping up in my reflections and journal entries, so much so, this week I decided to delve a little deeper. Taking inspiration from The Daily Stoic and it’s counterpart The Daily Stoic Journal, I attempt to break down my journal entry, we also meet Antipater, the next leader of the Stoa as we continue our journey into the main players of the Stoic Philosophy. We also hear from Jonny Lowe, as he shares his experiences of Stoicism. 

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 8 – Don’t be a victim

“Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”
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This week we introduce Diogenes the fifth leader of the Stoa as well as delving into my journal articles from the previous week. One journal entry in particular, although not predetermined,  centred around the no victim mentality and as such I attempt to explore and explain my thoughts, emotions and actions.

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 8 – Don't be a victim

“Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”
Steve Maraboli
This week we introduce Diogenes the fifth leader of the Stoa as well as delving into my journal articles from the previous week. One journal entry in particular, although not predetermined,  centred around the no victim mentality and as such I attempt to explore and explain my thoughts, emotions and actions.

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 7- Pleasure can become punishment

Self control is a difficult thing. Once you understand that indulging might actually be worse then resisting, the urge begins to lose it’s appeal. In this way, self control becomes the real pleasure, and the temptation becomes the regret.

This week I discuss how my reflections and journaling have helped me become aware that the pleasures that I chase, when given too much focus can become punishment. I also introduce Zeno of Tarsus as we continue our insight into the main characters of the Stoic Philosophy.

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 6 – What do you fear?

A central tenant of Stoicism is knowing what you can control, what you can’t control and having the ability (or serenity) to know the difference. In respect to fear, if fear is linked to uncontrollables, then the Stoics would ask ” is there any need to allow that emotion to control you”

This week we introduce Chrysippus, the third leader of the Stoa, we speak about his life and character as well as taking a look into my personal journal articles as we ask, What do you fear? 

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The Weekly Stoic Ep. 5 – Control your temper

‘Thick and thran’ is an expression used to describe someone who is stubborn, stuck in their ways, they don’t take direction, they don’t listen to others and ultimately they have a temper- a bad temper. This week I explore Temper with the help of Marcus Aurelius and others plus we meet the provocative, Aristo , as we explore his character and touch briefly on his life story.