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72: Taking The High Road

9/23/2018
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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. I'm your host, Justin Vacula and my voice has mostly returned following a week break for episode 72 'Taking the High Road.' Visit my website at stoicsolutionspodcast.com where you can email me; connect with me on social media; find past episodes; and join my Discord chat server for interactive discussion. Support my work through Patreon, Paypal, and referral links by visiting the donate tab on my website....

Duration:00:09:55

Episode 71: Cathy Young

9/10/2018
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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. This is Episode 71 with special guest Cathy Young. We talk about free speech, the injustice taking place in left-leaning social justice circles, authoritarianism on the right, civility, responsible use of social media, political divisions, the danger of identity politics, and the intellectual dark web. She also questions popular movements including feminism and Black Lives...

Duration:01:21:14

Episode 70: Perfectionism

8/28/2018
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You're listening to the Stoic Solutions Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. I'm your host, Justin Vacula. This is Episode 70 – Perfectionism – Discussion about the perils of too much orientation towards perfection. We should strive for a happy medium, moderation in being conscientious. -- Support through Patreon and Paypal Donate: http://justinvacula.com/donate/ Find Justin Vacula online and listen to past content: Main website: http://www.stoicsolutionspodcast.com/ SoundCloud:...

Duration:00:09:54

Episode 37: Amanda Grippo on the Benefits of Mental Health Counseling

12/17/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. Today's episode features special guest Amanda Grippo who will talk with me about the benefits of mental health counseling. Visit my website at justinvacula.com where you can find links to my social media portals and see past content on Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes, or Stitcher. Support my work by becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon or by making a Paypal donation, see the donate tab on my website. Share,...

Duration:00:37:03

Episode 36: Coping With Negative Emotions

12/10/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. Today's Stoic Philosophy Podcast episode -- informed by the writings of Seneca and featuring lyrics from the Cellar Darling song 'Hullabaloo' -- explores ways to conceptualize and cope with negative emotions. Visit my website at justinvacula.com where you can find links to my social media portals and see past content on Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes, or Stitcher. Support my work by becoming a monthly...

Duration:00:09:20

Episode 35: Anxiety

11/25/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. Today's episode, largely informed by the writings of Marcus Aurelius, focuses on the topic of anxiety. I offer practical approaches for coping with anxiety. Visit my website at justinvacula.com where you can find links to my social media portals and see past content on Soundcloud, YouTube, iTunes, or Stitcher. Support my work by becoming a monthly supporter on Patreon or by making a Paypal donation, see...

Duration:00:08:36

Episode 34: Gratitude Intervention in Elementary School

11/10/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. I describe an intervention tailored to elementary school students which can especially benefit a population within a school-based behavioral health program. Themes discussed in the writings of Stoic Philosophers from Ancient Greece and Rome, such as gratitude discussed in this paper, can help students better cope with everyday stressors and cultivate a psychologically healthy mindset. A vast body of...

Duration:00:13:27

Episode 33: Lew Hastings On Native American Culture

10/29/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. Today's episode features special guest Lew Hastings. We talk about Native American culture and its parallels to Stoic Philosophy. Lew Hastings has been the host of the Red Road Radio Show since 2014 and founder of the Native Now Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that began in 2013. Lew has written for several publications including Gasparilla Magazine, North Port Magazine, Harbor Style, Native...

Duration:00:47:20

Episode 32: Road To Reason Television Appearance

10/22/2017
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You're listening to the Stoic Philosophy Podcast - practical wisdom for everyday life. Today's episode contains a recorded discussion I had with the host of the television show Road to Reason – A Skeptic's Guide to the 21st Century. I talk about Stoicism and its applications to topics like finding meaning in life, suicide, dealing with negative emotions, grief, acceptance, humility, moderation, and death. Support through Patreon and Paypal Donate: http://justinvacula.com/donate/ Share,...

Duration:00:50:37

Episode 31: Coping With One's Own Death

10/13/2017
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I explore how we can better come to terms with our eventual death by applying wisdom from Stoic Philosophy - cultivating courage, acceptance, and gratitude. We can think of death as a natural inevitable process of the human experience and reframe our thoughts to not associate death with fear. I offer tips and passages from Seneca's letter titled 'On Conquering the Conqueror.' The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others...

Duration:00:09:03

Episode 30: Revisiting A Healthy Lifestyle

9/27/2017
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I talk about changing mindset away from unhealthy eating; breaking & questioning bad habits; advocate for a vegan diet; and offer money-saving healthy tips. The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical...

Duration:00:11:25

Episode 29: Contentment

9/15/2017
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We can work toward contentment by being mindful of unproductive thoughts and actions which may hinder us and seek to make positive changes; have a sense of purpose in life; be more productive and less lazy; question our desires and eliminate or greatly reduce that which takes away from our tranquility; and improve our self-reliance, our self-esteem, and not fully depend on others for our happiness. The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower,...

Duration:00:07:54

Episode 28: Stoicism, Islam, and Community Activism with Tim Maloney

9/4/2017
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I talk about Stoicism, Islam, and community activism with American Muslim Tim Maloney. We also explore tolerance; learning from others; anger; acceptance; handling adversity; overcoming fears; dealing with difficult people; and resilience. Tim Maloney is an American Muslim activist and community organizer from Northeastern Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. Degree in Communication Arts and Humanities from Keystone College. Tim currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Peace and...

Duration:00:37:37

Episode 27: Death With Dignity

8/24/2017
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For Seneca, several central thoughts on death with dignity appear through his letters: use your time well while you still can and don't let life pass you by for life is short and chance can drastically alter or end your life; we should be prepared to end our lives when reason dictates it; living nobly is more important than living a long life – quality is more important than quantity; death can offer us freedom from a life not worth living; and we should do our best to die gladly. It's...

Duration:00:14:06

Episode 26: Stoicism And Humility With Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma

8/16/2017
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I talk about the virtue of humility with Dr. Regan Lance Reitsma. We explore competing definitions for humility; versions of humility worth wanting; potential paradoxes when considering particular conceptions of humility; pride; moral failings; moral progress; and practical applications of humility drawing upon thoughts put forth in his journal articles 'Against Humility as Informed Contempt' and 'Tolerance and Intellectual Humility: A Critique of Comte-Sponville.' Dr. Reitsma received a...

Duration:00:55:17

Episode 25: Moderation and Self-Control

8/9/2017
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We can have a more productive life through exercising moderation and self-control. We can question popular opinion; be introspective; take accountability for our thoughts and actions; stop making excuses and blaming others; limit our desires; shun a life of luxury; and be more content with fewer material possessions. The Stoic Philosophy Podcast explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern...

Duration:00:11:49

Episode 24: Finding Meaning in Work

8/1/2017
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Today's episode -- Finding Meaning in Work -- is brought to you by a generous donation through PayPal. Thanks for your support. Consider donating through PayPal or Patreon to gain exclusive benefits I offer to supporters. We can find meaning in work through finding a job which matches our skills, interests, and values; adopting a new role at work; looking to make changes in the workplace or even finding new work; changing our mindset by having more gratitude and acceptance; reducing our...

Duration:00:10:58

Episode 23: Complaining

7/26/2017
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I talk about complaining. Rather than merely complaining, we should take action to change that which we can and work toward a better quality of life including realistic goals. For that which we cannot change, we can work on acceptance, be more grateful for good parts of life, not exaggerate our difficulties, and not create problems for ourselves. My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of...

Duration:00:10:01

Episode 22: Recovering from the Past

7/18/2017
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I talk about practical methods to recover from events in the past. Excessive focus on past events and brooding can be harmful to us, but we can take steps to move our focus away from the past through acceptance; reforming our thoughts; questioning our appraisals of the world; being mindful; replacing bad habits with good ones; focusing on positives rather than negatives; and employing other strategies. My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform,...

Duration:00:09:41

Episode 21: Applying Stoicism With Travis Hume

7/11/2017
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Travis Hume joins me to talk about applications of Stoicism in many areas of life including college and the workplace. Travis Hume is the creator, administrator, and writer at http://www.ApplyingStoicism.com. He is 27 years old, and currently serves as a Special Education Paraprofessional. He aims to write full-time on the application of Stoic philosophy, and the restoration of its system. My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help...

Duration:00:56:33