Practical Stoicism

By Tanner Campbell

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Rene Merced
 Apr 29, 2022
An excellent compendium to Stoic living.

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Those approaching Stoicism for the first time, with the intention of adopting it as a life philosophy, can find it both impossibly dense and extreme in its expectations of its students. For this reason, it is important that there exist a practical interpretation of the high-minded values of this ancient philosophy - to make the understanding and adoption of the basic tenets of Stoicism easier for those just starting out. This podcast helps newcomers get acquainted and comfortable with the practical aspects of Stoicism - it is a stepping stone to those heavier and denser parts of the philosophy that we all, if we truly wish to commit ourselves to practicing the philosophy of Stoicism, must delve into eventually. Episodes publish weekly.

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Our Minds May Fail us
00:05:55

Today we'll work through the first meditation of Book 3 from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius where we'll be asked to consider what might become of our mission as Prokoptôns if we were to lose our mental faculties.

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Jun 25, 2022
Summarizing Human Life
00:07:02

Today we'll work through the final meditation of Book 2 from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. After this, I will take a break until the middle of June when I will return with episodes to begin Book 3. -- If you'd like to get a free copy of the ebook, signup here: https://tannerhelps.formaloo.net/rg3ce Visit the Practical Stoicism website --> https://stoicismpod.com -- “Human Life. Duration: Momentary. Nature: Changeable. Perception: Dim. Condition of Body: Decaying. Soul: Spinning around. Fortune: Unpredictable. Lasting fame: Uncertain. Sum Up: The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion. Then what can guide us? Only Philosophy. Which means making sure that the power within stays safe and free from assault, superior to pleasure and pain, doing nothing randomly or dishonestly with with imposture, not dependent on anyone else’s doing something or not doing it. And making sure that it accepts what happens and what it is dealt as coming from the same place it came from. And above all, that it accepts death in a cheerful spirit, as nothing but the dissolution of the elements from which each living thing is composed. If it doesn’t hurt the individual elements to change continually into one another, why are people afraid of all of them changing and separating? It’s a natural thing. And nothing natural is evil." -- Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

May 14, 2022
Don't degrade yourself by not having a purpose
00:12:19

If you'd like to get a free copy of the ebook, signup here: https://tannerhelps.formaloo.net/rg3ce -- This week we're working through Meditation 16 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. -- "The human soul degrades itself:

Above all, when it does its best to become an abscess, a kind of detached growth on the world. To be disgruntled at anything that happens is a kind of secession from Nature, which comprises the nature of all things.

When it turns its back on another person or sets out to do it harm, as the souls of the angry do.

When it is overpowered by pleasure or pain

When it puts on a mask and does or says something artificial or false

When it allows its action and impulse to be without a purpose, to be random and disconnected: even the smallest things ought to be directed toward a goal. But the goal of rational beings is to follow the rule and law of the most ancient of communities and states."

-- Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

May 09, 2022
Ascending to Untrue Impressions
00:06:42

If you'd like to subscribe to the coming publication, please do so here: https://tannerhelps.formaloo.net/rg3ce -- This week we're working through Meditation 15 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. -- “‘Everything is just an impression.’ These are the words of Monimus the Cynic. And the response is obvious enough. But the point is a useful one, if you take it for what it’s worth.” -- Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Apr 30, 2022
The Present Moment
00:08:36

To help me decide how to continue, please weigh in using this form: https://tannerhelps.formaloo.net/tm9pz -- This week we're working through Meditation 14 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. -- “Even if you’re going to live three thousand more years, or ten times that, remember: you cannot lose another life than the one you’re living right now, or live another one than the one you’re losing. The longest life amounts to the same as the shortest. The present is the same for everyone, its loss is the same for everyone; and it should be clear that a brief instant is all that is lost. For you can’t lose either the past or the future; how could you lose what you don’t have? Remember two things:

That everything has always been the same, and keeps recurring, and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred years or two hundred, or in an infinite period;

That the longest-lived, and this who will die the soonest, lose the same thing. The present is all that they can give up, since that is all they have, and what you do not have you cannot lose.”

-- Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Apr 16, 2022
The wretchedness of gossip and busybodies
00:09:36

This week we're working through Meditation 13 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. "Nothing is more pathetic than people who run around in circles, “delving into the things that lie beneath” and conducting investigations into the souls of the people around them, never realizing that all you have to do is be attentive to the power inside you and worship it sincerely. To worship it is to keep it from being muddied with turmoil and becoming aimless and dissatisfied with nature — divine and human. What is Divine deserves our respect because it is good; what is human deservers our affection because it is like us. And our pity too, sometimes, for its inability to tell good from bad — as terrible a blindness as the kind that can’t tell white from black." Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Apr 09, 2022
Skeletons wear no crowns
00:10:03

This week we're working through Meditation 12 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. "The speed with which all of them vanish — the objects in the world, and the memory of time. And the real nature of the things our senses experience, especially those that entice us with pleasure or frighten us with pain or are loudly trumpeted by pride. To understand those things — how stupid, contemptible, grimy, decaying, and dead they are — that’s what our intellectual powers are for. And to understand what those people really amount to, whose opinions and voices that constitute fame. And what dying is — and that if you look at it in the abstract and break down your imaginary ideas of it by logical analysis, you realize that it’s nothing but a process of nature, which only children can be afraid of. (And not only a process of nature but a necessary one.) And how man grasps God, with what part of himself he does so, and how that part is conditioned when he does." Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Apr 02, 2022
We have the tools we need to avoid all permanent harm to our lives
00:20:44

Something bad may happen to you, but you have all the tools you need to limit the ubiquity of the damage it does to you in the long-term. This week we're working through Meditation 11 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. "You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think. If the gods exist, then to abandon human beings is not frightening; the gods would never subject you to harm. And if they don’t exist, or don’t care what happens to us, what would be the point of living in a world without gods or providence? But they do exist, they do care what happens to us, and everything a person need to avoid real harm they have placed within him. If there were anything harmful on the other side of death, they would have made sure that the ability to avoid it was within you. If it doesn’t harm your character, how can it harm your life? Nature would not have overlooked such dangers through failing to recognize them, or because it saw them but was powerless to prevent or correct them. Nor would it ever, through inability or incompetence, make such a mistake as to let good and bad things happen indiscriminately to good and bad alike. But death and life, success and failure, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty, all these things happen to good and bad alike, and they are neither noble or shameful - and hence neither good or bad." Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Mar 26, 2022
Failure is failure, and it's expected along the path
00:12:54

Failure is failure, and it's expected along the path. Is one failure more or less forgivable than another failure? I think we only hurt ourselves by believing that so, in concerns to our stoic practice: I say no. This week we're working through Meditation 10 from Book 2 of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. “In comparing sins (the way people do) Theophrastus says that the ones committed out of desire are worse than the ones committed out of anger: which is good philosophy. The angry man seems to turn his back on reason out of a kind of pain and inner convulsion. But the man motivated by desire, who is mastered by pleasure, seems somehow more self-indulgent, less manly in his sins. Theophrastus is right, and philosophically sound, to say that the sin committed out of pleasure deserves a harsher rebuke than the one committed out of pain. The angry man is more like a victim of wrongdoing, provoked by pain to anger. The other man rushes into wrongdoing on his own, moved by action to desire.” Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Mar 20, 2022
Do not forget these 5 things
00:06:50

This week we'll be working through meditation #9 from book 2 of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius "Don’t ever forget these things:

The nature of the world.

My nature.

How I relate to the world.

What proportion of the world I make up.

That I am part of nature, and no one can prevent me from speaking and acting in harmony with it, always."

Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Mar 14, 2022
Habituate the practice of minding your mind
00:07:00

This week we'll be working through the 8th meditation from book 2 of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

"Ignoring what goes on in other people’s souls — no one ever came to grief that way. But if you won’t keep track of what your own soul is doing, how can you not be unhappy?"

Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Mar 05, 2022
Training yourself to pay attention
00:15:17

This week we'll be working through the 7th meditation from book 2 of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. "But make sure you guard against the other kind of confusion. People who labor all their lives but have no purpose to direct every thought and impulse toward are wasting their time - even when hard at work." Meditations: A New Translation (the book I read these meditations from) --> [link]

Feb 26, 2022
Respecting yourself is more important than how others perceive you
00:08:26

This week's episode features meditation #6 from Book 2 of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. "Yes, keep on degrading yourself, soul. But soon your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others." The book I read these meditations from --> [link]

Feb 20, 2022
Deep work is a 2300-year-old stoic principle
00:14:16

This week's episode features meditation #5 from Book 2 of the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. “Concentrate every minute like a Roman - like a man - on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can - if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. You see how few things you have to do to live a satisfying and reverent life? If you can manage this, that’s all even the gods can ask of you.” Vote on the publication question here --> https://stoicismpod.com/vote The book I read these meditations from --> [link]

Feb 12, 2022
You are going to die
00:10:07

The fourth meditation of Marcus Aurelius reads, “Remember how long you’ve been putting this off, how many extensions the gods gave you, and you didn’t use them. At some point you have to recognize what world it is that you belong to; what power rules it and from what source you spring; that there is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself, it will be gone and will never return.” Marcus is asking us to recognize our own mortality - to truly recognize it - and then to look at the things we're putting off and ask ourselves what exactly what we're waiting for.

The chart I reference in this episode --> [link] Source for the meditations --> [link]

Feb 06, 2022
Learn to love that which is natural
00:06:29

Working through the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: Book 2, Meditation 3. “What is divine is full of Providence. Even chance is not divorced from nature, from the inweaving and enfolding of things governed by Providence. Everything proceeds from it. And then there is necessity and the needs of the whole world, of which you are a part. Whatever the nature of the whole world does, and whatever serves to maintain it, is good for every part of nature. The world is maintained by change — in the elements and in the things they compose. That should be enough for you; treat it as an axiom. Discard your thirst for books, so that you won’t die in bitterness, but in cheerfulness and truth, grateful to the gods from the bottom of your heart.” If you'd like to leave this Practical Stoicism a review, but you are not an Apple Podcasts or Spotify, you can do so on PodChaser --> [link]

Jan 30, 2022
Keeping your mortality and temporality ever in mind
00:06:24

In this episode you'll hear the second meditation of Marcus Aurelius.

Jan 22, 2022
Deal with surly people as if they were yourself
00:07:06

In this first episode of a 17-part series on Book 2 of the Meditations (Marcus Aurelius), I'll attempt to derive some practical advice and application from Marcus's first meditation.

Jan 13, 2022
Coffee Mugs, Loss, and Death
00:07:20

If you came across Stoicism in the early 2010's (as I did) you likely heard something about a coffee mug shattering into a million pieces and how you could use this analogy to deal with death and loss. That probably didn't make a lot sense to you at first - it may have even seemed insane. There's something to this caffeinate analogy, though - and there's something practical we can extract from it to apply in our daily lives.

Jan 07, 2022
A Brief Introduction to Practical Stoicism
00:05:02

My name is Tanner, and this is Practical Stoicism. Bi-weekly we will delve into a Stoic concept and learn how to adopt it practically. You don't need a PhD to enjoy this podcast, you just need a curious and open mind.

Jan 02, 2022