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Do you want to change your life? Join the 100 Days To Self Mastery Challenge! Your host Kevin McNamara takes the lessons he has learned from inspirational leaders like Marcus Aurelius, David Goggins, Jordan Peterson, Seneca, Epictetus, Amelia Earhart and others and brings them to life in the modern times we live. Kevin healed prostate cancer through natural means without medical intervention, lost his daughter, Holly, to SIDS when she was 5 months old and was a member of the Police Force in ...
 
I'm creating podcast episodes offering practical wisdom for everyday life -- solutions to modern human concerns -- informed by the ancient philosophical school of Stoicism popularized by thinkers including Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Improve your quality of life by implementing a strong mental framework informed by Stoic Philosophy! I explore topics such as gratitude; acceptance; overcoming adversity; finding meaning in life; moderation; dealing with change; friendship; lonelines ...
 
The New Thinkery is a podcast devoted to political philosophy and its history, along with its many guises in literature, film, and human experience generally. Named after Socrates’ infamous “Thinkery” in Aristophanes’ Clouds, The New Thinkery strikes a balance between the seriousness of academia and the playfulness of casual conversation among friends.
 
My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. I am, first and foremost, an Orthodox Jew. My primary area of focus is the teachings of Shlomo ha'Melech (King Solomon) in Mishlei (Proverbs) and Koheles (Ecclesiastes). I also consider myself to be a student of the Stoic masters: Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. Over the past two decades I have been exploring the relationship between Judaism and Stoicism - where they overlap, where they differ, and how they complement each other. This year I started ...
 
You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale -- the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history -- Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surpr ...
 
Philosophy can be a confusing subject. Join me, Tobias Weaver on a podcast exploring practical Stoic philosophy with the aim to help you to develop the conditions of your mind to improve the conditions of your life. Here we'll explores the ideas of ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, Stoicism and psychology to outline ways to take ownership for our well-being and build a steady resilience to life's hardships. In the face of increasing stress, anxiety, depression and general threats to men ...
 
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Synopsis: In this last episode of the season, which is the last season of the first year of this podcast, I reflect on the year as a whole and on the role of this podcast in my year. If this episode is more “rambly” than usual, it’s only because I had a lot to say, and had to decide (in real time) what ought to be said, and how. Shlomo ha’Melech sa…
 
Synopsis: In today’s episode I share an interesting experience I had this past Sunday involving a fly, an unexpected burst of compassion, and renewed insight into a couple of pesukim I say in Ashrei three times each day – all of which enhanced my appreciation of the mission of The Stoic Jew Podcast. Related Episodes: - Stoic Strategies for Coping w…
 
Synopsis: Today’s episode focuses on a practical application of Stoic techniques to one of the banes of my existence: the kosher ice cream truck, and its daemonic song. If you, too, have been subjected to this brutal strain and have employed your own successful coping strategies, please share them with me. As you’ll hear in my words and tone, this …
 
Synopsis: Today’s episode may be thought of as a further elucidation of the concepts I’ve been speaking about in relation to my Mezuzah Experiment that’s been going on for the last two weeks. Although you can definitely listen to this one on its own, it’ll make more sense in context to listen to the “Sacred Pause”-related episodes linked below. As …
 
Synopsis: In today’s episode we explore what is possibly a new technique or avenue of internalizing Stoic insights. The insight was sparked by Naval Ravikant’s explanation of why he takes cold showers, which – surprise surprise! – I couldn’t help but read through the lens of Tara Brach’s Radical Acceptance and Shlomo ha’Melech’s Sefer Mishlei. I de…
 
Synopsis: Today’s episode is a follow-up on the “Sacred Pause as Applied to Mezuzah” experiment I initiated last Friday. I was asked a question about this experiment which happens to relate to Parashas Korach. My response to this question clarifies what mitzvos are, how they are intended to function, and what I endeavor to do in my application of n…
 
My apologies for the late upload this morning! This will be addressed in the episode itself. Synopsis: Ordinarily I would say what the episode is about, but the nature of the episode has inclined me not to do so. I know that people tend to listen to these recordings in a variety of situations and while doing a variety of things, but I have four rec…
 
Synopsis: In past episodes I’ve voiced my own critiques of Epictetus’s brand of Stoicism. Specifically, I’ve indicted him for advocating heartlessness, inhumanity, and sociopathy. I recently came across a defense of Epictetus against such charges. While it’s too early to tell whether this defense addresses all of my problems, I am certain that the …
 
In this week's edition of The New Thinkery, the guys dive into the work of Leo Strauss, one of the foremost political philosophy professors of the twentieth century. Strauss was and continues to be so influential that Straussianism is a common phrase in academic circles. So, what exactly is Straussianism?…
 
Synopsis: I chose this excerpt for two reasons: (1) Marcus Aurelius’s statements about the value of honesty, integrity, and lack of pretense complement the statements of the Rambam in Hilchos Deios on the same topic, which we recently covered in my Rambam Bekius shiur; (2) I love the analogy of the smelly goat! Related Episodes of Rambam Bekius Pod…
 
Synopsis: Today’s episode is about a two-week experiment I’m in the midst of conducting: What will happen if I utilize Tara Brach’s “sacred pause” technique in order to more fully attend to the mezuzah and its ideational content? To my mind this is a good example of how there are things to learn from non-Jewish sources and practices which can allow…
 
# 366 - How to Become Truly Selfless! Do you understand what it means to truly be selfless? Most people don't. They'll tell you being selfless is all about contributing to other people when they require assistance... This is the trap that most people fall into that is actually counterproductive to life. In order to be selfless... In order to serve.…
 
Synopsis: I recorded this on Thursday morning about my state of mind on Thursday morning. The main topic of the episode is what I refer to as “phantom stress” – getting stressed out about elements of the past that my psyche is convinced still exist in the present and the future – and the approach I intend to use to address it. My musings on this to…
 
Synopsis: Today’s musings were sparked by my recommendation of the Charlie Kaufman movie Synecdoche, New York, and my decision not to rewatch it because it’s too depressing. In today’s episode we discuss four perspectives on tragedies – three from the thinkers listed in the title, and the fourth from Judaism itself. Sources: - Aurelius, Meditations…
 
In this edition of The New Thinkery, the guys are joined by William Kristol, founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard and now editor-at-large of The Bulwark. Hear about his upbringing and education, during which he encountered and studied with some of the greats of contemporary political thought, including Allan Bloom and Harvey Mansfield…
 
Synopsis: Today we compare Epictetus’s treatment of the topic of speech vs. silence with that of the Rambam. We examined the latter in-depth and at length in our Rambam Bekius podcast (see show notes for links to the relevant episodes), but in this episode, we’ll content ourselves with broad observations about how their approaches differ in light o…
 
Synopsis: If you’re looking for new ideas and insights on Stoicism and Judaism, then MAYBE this episode isn’t for you. I stumbled upon these words of Marcus Aurelius which resonated with me with regards to the dilemma I find myself in. Now that Lomdeha is officially over, I need to decide the best way to make up for that loss of income. I found the…
 
# 365 - Thanks For The Challenge Russell Brunson - Completed! Well its done... Episode # 365... 365 episodes in a row... A full year without missing a day! This time last year I was doing Russell Brunson's One Funnel Away Challenge and he gave me a choice of doing a Facebook Live, a blog post or a podcast every day for a year. And I chose the podca…
 
# 364 - Find Your Passion Then Go Live It! What gets you excited? What is the one thing that you would do everyday even if you were tired and weren't getting paid for it? What is the thing that makes you jump out of bed in the morning smiling? What fuels your soul? What is the thing that makes you feel complete? What is your REAL PASSION? If you do…
 
Synopsis: I'm posting Friday's episode now, on Thursday afternoon, 45 minutes before the beginning of the wedding that I discuss in the episode itself, just in case any of my listeners are also planning on attending this same wedding and would like to hear my "Stoic Jew thoughts" going into it. Warning: it's a bit "Three Weeks / Tishah b'Av"-esque.…
 
Synopsis: This episode begins with a move advocated by Epictetus called “making use of impressions.” We then read a lengthy excerpt from Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach about a technique she refers to as “The Sacred Pause.” After comparing and contrast this technique with that of Epictetus, we consider the role that The Sacred Pause might play in …
 
# 363 - Put Pressure On Yourself And Rise To The Top! Learn how to put yourself under pressure even when there isn’t any. These high-pressure environments are where you are forging the skills and character traits you need to reach your dreams and set yourself up for a much easier life in the future. Most people are comfortable working a 40 hour wor…
 
Synopsis: This episode was brought to you by insomnia, burnout, Iron Archer, human nature, and the human struggle. And if you were one of the 7-10 individuals across the Atlantic who woke up to discover that there was no new episode this morning, this is why. Related Episodes: - Thank Iron Archer (and IFS) for Today’s Non-Episode Episode - On Devia…
 
# 362 - When You Raise Your Standards You Raise Your Lifestyle! Would you like to earn more money? I’m assuming the answer is yes... Most people think that the amount of money you earn has to do with what your profession is... Who the Government of the day is... The current state of the economy... What their boss thinks of them... Or any other fake…
 
Synopsis: That’s right – 150 episodes! I had various ideas of what I wanted to talk about, but in the end, I decided to just hit record and think my scattered thoughts out loud, starting with one of my favorite quotations from Seneca regarding my craft. Related Episodes: - TSJ Milestone - Reflections on Our 100th Episode (!) and Epictetus on Becomi…
 
# 361 - Do The Work Today And Reap The Rewards Tomorrow! Words by Andy Frisella. Thanks Andy! Take a second and imagine this... What if everything you did today... Every action... Every decision... Every last drop of effort... Directly shaped what your life is going to look like tomorrow. What would you do? I bet you'd work your ass off today... Yo…
 
Synopsis: Today’s (short!) episode was brought to you by my annoying ticking clock, and my ineffective methods for dealing with the annoyance. The real-world example I talk about here illustrates one of my personal pitfalls in applying Stoicism – one which is remedied by Mishlei. As always, the devil is in the details. Sources: - Epictetus, Discour…
 
# 360 - Stop Being Average! (Thanks Andy Frisella!) Quit looking for a pat on the back every time you do something good. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK HARD. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A GREAT TEAM PLAYER. If you're seeking acknowledgement for that... You will be very disappointed. Average does not deserve recognition. Listen in …
 
# 359 - How Bad Do You Want It? So... You want the nice car… You want the big new house… You want the holidays in beautiful places... I know you do… Or else you probably wouldn't be listening to my podcast… But here's the truth... When it comes to your personal success... You may SAY you want it... But are you willing to suffer, feel the pain, cry …
 
# 358 - Is Your Life Active or Passive? Are you living your life actively or passively? Are you running your day, or is your day running you? Are you in control, or are you giving up control? Are you paddling your boat in the direction you want to go, or are you letting the stream take you where you don't want to go? Winners live an active life... …
 
Synopsis: Today’s episode was inspired by a comment someone made on Facebook which derisively referred to Ryan Holiday’s books on Stoicism as “the pop version of Stoic literature.” This comment rubbed me the wrong way, but I couldn’t put my finger on why … until I thought it through by making this episode. Sources: - Epictetus, Enchiridion (The Han…
 
# 357 - How To Survive When You Lose It All! If you ask any REAL entrepreneur if they fear losing everything they own... Their companies... Their connections... Their wealth... Their answer will be: Not at all! Highly successful people understand that it's not about what they have... It's all about what they know... As long as they have the skills …
 
Dr Maya Shankar studies how our minds work and how we change. She joins Dr Laurie Santos to discuss how her own life plans were derailed at 15 and the journey that finally brought her to start a new podcast, A Slight Change of Plans. The show brings you intimate conversations about how people navigate changes of all kinds and use that change to ult…
 
Synopsis: In past episodes we’ve talked about how “live each day as if it might be your last” is easy to say but difficult to implement. One of the biggest obstacles to this mentality is the fact that, statistically speaking, it’s likely that this will NOT be your last day. This past (last?) Yom Tov I stumbled upon a way to overcome this obstacle. …
 
# 356 - How To Confront Your Own Mortality! We are all going to die... Period... No one escapes this life alive... Yet life and death are inextricably linked but we shun death... No one talks about it... 50 Cent was shot 9 times at close range but survived... This is a quote from him... "WHEN I NEARLY DIED IT MADE ME THINK?THIS CAN HAPPEN AGAIN ANY…
 
# 355 - Why You Were Born To Win! What happens when you give a basketball to a 3 year old and ask them to put it in the basket? They get ecstatic once the ball goes in. They hardly know how to speak... They don't know what basketball is... And they haven’t been taught anything about winning… But they still celebrate their victory. Every single one …
 
# 354 - What Is The 100 Days To Self Mastery Challenge? I went for a run yesterday and it was freezing cold, raining and I thought it may snow... But I kept going... My soft voice didn't even show up... The 100 Days to Self Mastery Challenge will alter your mindset... Doing this run I realised how far I had come... My mind now rules my body... Not …
 
# 353 - How To Appreciate the Simple Things In Life! When you're constantly pursuing your potential and your biggest goals... Don't forget to appreciate the simple things in life. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day tasks, that we lose sight of the things that make us feel fulfilled right now. Enjoy the time with your family... Enjoy the time…
 
# 352 - How To Win Regardless of Your Circumstances! The people who REALLY want to accomplish great things in life will always take massive action to do so... It doesn't matter what the conditions are... It doesn't matter what the circumstances are... What obstacles or challenges stand in the way... What resources they have or don't have... They wi…
 
# 351 - How Helping Others Helps You! Helping other people is the best way to find your own success & happiness in life. But there’s another layer to that… People NEVER FORGET when you help them in times of need. Try to remember a time in your life when you were down and out... When you felt defeated... When you felt down on yourself... When you fe…
 
Synopsis: I didn’t intend to record TWO episodes about Shavuos, but in my efforts to answer a student’s question on a passage from Aurelius’s Meditations, we ended up going there. If you’ve ever wondered what the relationship is between the agricultural theme of Shavuos (“chag ha’katzir,” the harvest festival) and the historical theme (“zman matan …
 
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