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  • How I Claimed my Divinely Bestowed Energy to Break Years of Depression

    In this solo episode, Kevin chats about a growing up with a default layer of depression and he used the concept of breaking agreements in order to recover his divinely bestowed energy and break free from the path of stuckness he found himself on.

  • Gratitude: The Great Antidote to Feeling Crappy

    Kevin discusses the power of gratitude to fight the tendency of most humans to be petty in our complaints about our daily reality and our dissatisfaction with it. Key takeaways from the episode: Kevin discussed many scenarios from our daily-lives that are taken for granted and that which we purport upon ourselves.More often we find the odds in other things or beings and degrade our own thinking and existence.Quote from the episode: "Envy -and complaining- is the villain, the antagonist of the fortunate because what have we forgotten? The big amazing recognition that we are the fortunate? And you might think oh, well, not me, I'm not the fortunate! Look at all the problems I have. You might be thinking that to yourself."People are too busy being jealous of others.Quote from the episode: "...what I think stoicism really is about is: are you willing to look deeper? Are you willing to break free from the typical grooves like a record? The groove that you're used to, which is the complain, complain, and complain!"Stoicism gives us the power to question ourselves and really question things that we take for granted like; "Is this so bad?", "It's not fair!", "Why don't I have that particular job?", "Why don't I have a better boss?" etc.If one looks deep inside in their selves, they can find the answers to questions which made them an odd thinker.Quote: "the fool's life is empty of gratitude, and full of fears. Its course lies wholly toward the future."

  • What Stoic Fasting Can Teach us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude: Audio

    What Stoic Fasting Can Teach us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude: Audio In this episode Kevin discusses about the importance of Stoic Fasting and the lessons it teaches us. This is an audio narration of the article written by the author, What Stoic Fasting Can Teach us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude. Key takeaways from the episode: How much we take for granted the simple pleasures of life, to the point of not appreciating them.In developed countries in our modern times, we no longer have to worry too much about the condition of starving, the way they might have thousands of years ago.What Stoic Fasting Can Teach us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude We’re so accustomed to consuming each and every meal, each and every day, that the notion of skipping a meal sounds almost ludicrous these days – some might even worry that it’s dangerous or unhealthy. “Eat! Eat! You need to eat!” says the grandmother to her teenage grandchildren as she pushes another giant plate of food in front of them. In the developed world we rarely fear running out of food. But that’s not the reality for everyone in this world.Fasting forces you to consider both the harsh realities of others in this world and compels you to reframe the problems of your life in more realistic and fairer terms.  ... if you haven’t thought about fasting, consider it. It’s not as hard as you think and there are many excellent guides out there to get started so that you can take part in the practice in a safe way.What Stoic Fasting Can Teach us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude

  • From Prison to Stoicism – Craig Stanland’s Journey

    In this episode, Craig Stanland shares his story of how he landed in jail from living a luxurious life. I, Kevin investigate how Craig made himself grow back again and become a ray of hope for many others. Some of the major points discussed in this episode are laid out as follows: Learning to love: That's been an evolutionary practice for Craig. Once we realize that fear is an illusion, we can navigate much better. A gratitude practice can be unbelievably transformative when done consistently. It rewires the brain from scarcity to abundance. My previous life was based upon materialism: Craig. Everything is temporary. We grow up believing in lies. One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the ‘lie of our imperfection’ or in other words ‘not being enough’. Sometimes just being okay is good enough. Losing my identity was really the crux of my journey: Craig. When you do keep your commitment to yourself, celebrate yourself. Quotes from the episode: Gratitude was one of the foundational practices that I began in prison that I still do to this day. I cannot express there's so much out there about gratitude and I feel like it's almost lip service at this point, with some of the content that is out there, but I have to reiterate how unbelievably transformative a gratitude practice can be when done consistently it rewires the brain from scarcity to abundance. When we're operating from a place of abundance, we can operate from a place of courage, we can face those fears, we can really start changing our lives and we don't look, it's so easy to spend so much time looking at what is missing, what is lacking, as opposed to spending time looking at what really is there and what we actually do have and that's what gratitude. ...our brain is actually wired for our success. So when you make and keep commitments and then you congratulate yourself for that, giving yourself a little bit of a shot of dopamine. So now the brain goes ooh that felt nice, I'd like a little bit more of that.

  • How to Live and Give like a Stoic: Interview with Paul Higgins

    Paul Higgins decided to write his first book, Build, Live, Give, while receiving dialysis treatments for chronic kidney disease. During this daunting time, he also started a new company of the same name as his book, with the intent to help solopreneurs free themselves from 60+ hour work-weeks, so they could spend more time doing the things that matter most: spending time with family, traveling, and helping others. In this interview, Kevin asks Paul about his incredible journey in the areas of business, career, and health. We also get a peek inside a truly remarkable attitude and philosophy of a man who's taken on Marcus Aurelius' famous words, "The Obstacle is the Way" in new and inspiring ways.

  • Fasting Like a Stoic – Day 3 of My 5 Day Water Fast

    Kevin reflects upon the spiritual and psychological benefits of his 5 days water fast and how the Stoics embraced fasting as well as other practices of restraint. Read Kevin's complimentary article, What Stoic Fasting Can Teach Us About Pleasure, Empathy, and Gratitude

  • Word of the Day: Confront

    Kevin discusses the word "confront" and how Jerry Seinfeld and others, like the Stoics, have used that word. It's a word that helps us both face challenges and confront resistance from accomplishing what we wish to accomplish. Quotes: "I feel like if you break the human struggle down to one word, it’s confront. And so, I kind of approach everything that way. Just the act of the confront is like — what do people always say? Admitting you have a problem, all that nonsense." Jerry Seinfeld Interview with Tim Ferris Show: https://tim.blog/2020/12/08/jerry-seinfeld/ "No man is more unhappy than he who never faces adversity. For he is not permitted to prove himself." ~Seneca "What would have become of Hercules do you think if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar - and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the absence of such challenges? Obviously he would have just rolled over in bed and gone back to sleep. So by snoring his life away in luxury and comfort he never would have developed into the mighty Hercules. And even if he had, what good would it have done him? What would have been the use of those arms, that physique, and that noble soul, without crises or conditions to stir into him action?" ~Epictetus

  • Are Stoics Allowed to Have Emotions?

    In this episode, Kevin asks the question of where emotions come into play with regard to Stoic Philosophy? Are Stoics encouraged to feel their emotions, or are they expected to "walk it off," as it were? ------ Stoic Emotions...All Three of Them- by Matthew Van Natta of the Immoderate Stoic - (https://immoderatestoic.com/blog/2013/4/2/stoic-emotionsall-three-of-them) Today Explained: Moving Home (Vox podcast) - (https://www.vox.com/today-explained) Transcript - (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TpMuj_qrRzVflwP7RL8Q-OcsxbMn8ZGlGWZ979sqbJA/edit?usp=sharing) Arrested Development Scene: Tobias' Impression of John Wayne (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxjvs5Cs_5Q)

  • [Chats with Steve] – Escaping from Youtube in Amish Buggies

    0:01:27 where were steve? 0:03:13 maybe most of steve's liveliness rooting in uncertainty 0:03:38 we expect options in life and we are upset when they run out 0:06:01 steve on youtube gurus selling their sports cars and his own cleansing from things 0:11:15 kevin trying hard not to watch youtube 0:12:08 physical books vs digital books 0:12:39 should we give devices to our kids? 0:13:58 jail time and books 0:15:16 similarities between prison and monastic life 0:16:51 kevin asks about meditation retreats 0:21:05 internet was cool at the beginning but now its a pain in the ass 0:22:40 kevin mentions netflix's social dilemma 0:25:10 steve mentions keeping your kids off of devices and social media gonna be a battle 0:26:46 kevin wants to be more amish and take things slowly 0:28:01 kevin references to don miguel ruiz 0:29:20 story of don miguel ruiz visiting his grandfather 0:30:56 steve expects 6-min youtube clips to change his life 0:31:43 kevin takes portugese lessons 0:32:20 learning vs feeding off of streaming content 0:33:07 kevin on toltek agreements and brain lying to itself 0:34:06 steve on brain's resistance to doing hard things 0:36:08 kevin tells his feelings about parenting 0:36:36 steve tells most draining thing you can do while caring for children 0:38:42 kevin on living exact opposite of the tao 0:39:23 steve tells about the kid leaving his class 0:42:02 steve on how crying is therapeutic for kids 0:43:58 steve says don't put all your eggs in one basket 0:45:27 kevin on old-school entrepreneurship 0:47:14 steve tells about his old entrepreneur days, and how it might go bad back in the day 0:49:24 kevin on how easy entrepreneurship is nowadays 0:52:20 steve on venture capital 0:52:56 kevin says there is something different with kenneth cole 0:53:45 steve says every entrepreneur thinks they will do really well on day 1 0:54:39 kevin asks if steve can increase the odds through persistence 0:55:39 steve says we don't teach how to handle failure 0:56:24 if we want open communication we can't have punishment 0:57:34 kevin on learning from your mistakes 1:00:43 steve on jordan belfort 1:03:02 steve on entrepreneur vs employee mindset 1:05:01 kevin says covid made us rethink our beliefs of what is solid business 1:05:28 kevin mentions his aunts house burned down

  • What Stoics Do When Societies Fall Apart

    0:00:54 kevin is sitting on grass at a park of scottsdale arizona 0:02:34 kevin mentions a story from buddha 0:04:48 living in the now vs interacting with the inner narrative 0:05:56 how can we navigate in a paradigm where rules are breaking day by day? 0:06:36 does sometimes a collapse needed for resetting the system? 0:07:18 kevin mentions the period after julius caesar's assasination and states it may not be easy to recover from a collapse, 0:09:30 if we want to throw phony politicians out we should be ready for ones authentically lying as well, 0:10:26 kevin says he does turn to stoics when he is stressed out by conditions he can't change, and gives and Epictetus quote, 0:12:01 kevin talks about how things went down while vote-counting in Phoenix Arizona 0:12:59 we are trying to resist reality unfolding and quote from byron katie 0:13:44 another quote from Epictetus 0:14:48 as the life's necessity we may need to work through people no matter what result comes out 0:15:06 ptolemy's book toll mandate and library of alexandria 0:17:25 we need to trust life and what it needs to be 0:18:07 contrast between fanaticism and free thinking periods of time 0:19:47 how we can approach the unfriendliness of the today's world from a place of peace 0:20:55 more quotes from Epictetus 0:21:20 if you find yourself caught in fear and terror go back to precepts and practice rational thinking 0:22:11 continuation to Epictetus passage 0:22:35 universe is strong and superior such that its unreasonable to resist events happening to us 0:23:27 kevin talks about how Epictetus gain his freedom and became an outcast from Rome after 20 years 0:24:21 Epictetus goes with the flow in life like a martial artist

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