Politics gets emotional. However the emotional part of our brain was designed not for rational thought, but for knee-jerk survival mechanisms. How can we train our brain to think more clearly about politics in our daily lives?
In this episode, Erik and Xander talk Stoicism, a philosophy and thought strategy that has been used for thousands of years by everyone from slaves to emperors to get a grip on the turbulent world around them. You'll learn why Stoicism is so powerful, and you can apply it in your life and conversations today.
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History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Premieres July 20th.
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Sources and Great Reading
Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
Letters from a Stoic, by Seneca
Discourses and Selected Writings, by Epictetus
The Daily Stoic, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
Emotional Awareness: Overcoming Obstacles to Emotional Balance and Compassion, by Paul Ekman / The Dalai Lama
The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn