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The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks

Modern practical breakdowns of the best ideas in ancient Stoicism.

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2 Types of Desires That Always Cause Disappointment
In this lesson, I explain "impossible desires" and "slave desires" to help you form intentions without suffering unnecessarily along the way. Further reading: https://www.stoichandbook.co/impossible-desires-cause-disappointment/FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
14:15 11/29/2022
The Stoic Insult Roadmap: Never Be Socially Harmed Again
Stoic Handbook PremiumGet instant access to my meditation courses, exclusive lessons, AMAs, and masterclasses, all ad-free. It's easy! Sign up in two taps!Get your 7-day free trial: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/Thank you so much for listening!Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
29:10 11/13/2022
3 Pillars of Skilful Communication That Will Transform Your Relationships
In this talk, I cover what I consider to be the three pillars of skillful communication. These pillars cover poor communication habits, how to simply express yourself well in all circumstances, and the model I use to manage conflict. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
42:24 11/02/2022
Complete Stoic Loving-Kindness Meditation
In this complete Stoic loving-kindness meditation, we take a look at three important areas of compassion: love of people, love of humanity, and love of service. Then we go through each one, with the guidance of the ancient Stoics to increase our compassion and happiness. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
21:15 10/20/2022
Can Stoic "Positive Reframing" Go Too Far w/ Donald Roberson
Reframing negative events to make them appear more positive and useful is a classic Stoic technique. But can it ever go too far? Is it dangerous to reframe everything into something positive? Stoic writer Donald Robertson answers. Donald's website: https://donaldrobertson.name/Donald's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonJRobertsonFREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
07:27 10/17/2022
Stoic Gratitude Training: See the Magic of Reality to Find Awe in the Ordinary
🔥 🎙 To get access to the full course and all of the premium episodes, visit: https://stoichandbook.supercast.com/About this meditation: This meditation will help you see all of the invisible and magic conditions of life that make everything possible. There is so much going on beneath the surface of existence that we take for granted such as the way our societies are run, the way we get access to food and water, the statistical likelihood of being born, and the way the atmosphere is perfectly attuned to our survival. To allow oneself to become oblivious to the awe of ordinary life is a mistake that we will put right in this lesson. It's time to once again see the beauty of a raindrop and feel the vitality of a single breath of cold air. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
15:15 09/22/2022
The Path of Stoic Anxiety Mastery
This is an interview I did with the creator of the brilliant WhatIsStoicism blog and podcast. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
46:56 09/12/2022
What Did Stoics Think About Exercise? w/ Donald Robertson
In this episode, I speak to the legendary Stoic writer Donald Robertson and ask him about the Stoic view on exercise. More from Donald: https://donaldrobertson.name/FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
09:58 09/08/2022
Trying to Appear Wise is Unwise
Many of us are interested in philosophy and self-improvement not to become wise, but for the reputation of being wise. Epictetus saw that this pattern of behavior is very counter-productive if one wishes to acquire true wisdom.“If you want to make progress, put up with being perceived as ignorant or naive in worldly matters, don’t aspire to a reputation for sagacity. If you do impress others as somebody, don’t altogether believe it. You have to realize, it isn’t easy to keep your will in agreement with nature, as well as externals. Caring about the one inevitably means you are going to shortchange the other.”After listening to this episode, read the breakdown here: https://www.stoichandbook.co/do-not-wish-to-appear-wise/FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
09:30 09/01/2022
How to Break The Cycle of Stress and Never Lose Peace of Mind
"If you want to make progress, drop reflections like: ‘I will end up destitute if I don’t take better care of my affairs,’ or, ‘Unless I discipline my slave, he’ll wind up good for nothing.’ It is better to die of hunger free of grief and apprehension than to live affluent and uneasy. Better that your slave should be bad than that you should be unhappy."— EpictetusIn this episode, I explore the topic of stress and worry. I begin by looking at the game most of us play, and then offer a Stoic alternative recommended by Epictetus. ✍️ Get the Stoic diagrams for this episode here. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
15:50 08/25/2022
Donald Robertson on Illusion of Mastery, The View from Above, and Time Travelling Stoics
In this lesson, I ask Donald Robertson about the difference between reading about Stoicism and practicing it, and we discuss what would happen if Marcus Aurelius time traveled to modern times. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
27:03 08/07/2022
Stoic Superhero Diogenes the Cynic: Be Prepared for Every Fortune
And when asked what he had learned from philosophy, Diogenes replied, “To be prepared for every fortune.“— William B. Irvine, A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic JoyDiogenes is the most famous of the Cynics, a branch of philosophy that served as the precursor for traditional Stoicism. Diogenes was a bizarre fellow for a number of reasons. He lived inside a barrel and shunned any form of luxurious living. Diogenes only ate when he was starving hungry and drank when he was gaspingly thirsty. This allowed him to enjoy a simple cup of water as if it was the world’s most expensive wine.The core of Diogenes' thought was based on his observation that “bad men obey their lusts as servants obey their masters,” and because we are so bad at controlling our desires, we can never find contentment. This is why Diogenes was so intent on being the master of his own lust and attachments.Perhaps Diogenes' greatest and most memorable display of Stoic superhero strength was in his meeting with Alexander the Great. Alexander was taught by Aristotle and had brilliant admiration for great thinkers. One day when riding through Greece Alexander encountered Diogenes, a philosopher he had heard many great things about. The legend states that upon meeting Diogenes, Alexander asked the philosopher if there was anything he could give him.Alexander at this point in time was the most powerful man in the world, and he was extremely hot-tempered. There were stories of Alexander having his best friends executed for disrespecting him. So when he offered Diogenes a gift, nobody would have expected the words that would have come out of the strange philosopher’s mouth:“Yes,” said Diogenes, “stand a little out of my sun.”Diogenes was so steadfast in his Stoic way of living he even risked the wrath of Alexander the Great to demonstrate it. Diogenes was not someone who just lived his philosophy, he was continuously on the lookout for opportunities to teach it and his meeting with Alexander presented one.It worked. So taken aback by this reply, and admired the courage and wit of Diogenes so much, he said to his followers laughing, “But truly if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.”FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
08:58 08/02/2022
The "What If Technique" to Untangle the Source of Your Anxiety
The "What If" Technique comes from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective, science-backed therapeutic system inspired by Stoic philosophy and it helps you discover the root of your anxieties.This meditation is one of over a dozen found in Stoic Anxiety Mastery. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
15:21 07/27/2022
How to Use Stoicism to Increase Joy and Peak Experiences w/ Donald Robertson
Modern Stoicism says a lot about how to be more resilient and how to "accept things" with equanimity. But what about feelings of joy, awe, and laughter. Can Stoicism help us live a more joyful life... really? I ask Stoicism writer Donald Robertson in a new series where I'll be picking his brain about important Stoic ideas. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
12:52 07/18/2022
Donald Robertson Writes The World’s First Stoic Graphic Novel
Order a copy of Verissimus hereStoic author, philosopher and cognitive behavioural therapist, Donald Robertson, returns to discuss his brand new graphic novel, VERISSIMUS. This is the most epic philosophical project that I am aware of to date. If Ridley Scott's Gladiator had a baby with Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, you’d get Verissimus.As you’ll hear in this interview, this project was a massive undertaking, taking nearly 3 years to complete. Detailing the life, times, and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, the book acts as a historically accurate, action-packed entry point into the Stoic landscape.In this episode, we cover:The process of creating this bookWhy Donald decided to make a graphic novelWhy many Romans actually opposed Marcus AureliusMarcus’ mission to cultivate natural compassion towards all human beings, even his worst enemiesThe absurdity of Stoicism’s most popular criticism Stoicism’s deep influence on early ChristianityThe relationship between intuition and reasonJon's single favourite chapter on StoicismLinks to Donald's Work: Verissimus: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, by Donald Robertson How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, by Donald RobertsonDonald’s websiteModern StoicismFREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
60:00 07/12/2022
The Path of the Spiritual Warrior
This is a short clip taken from a much longer workshop on turning adversity to advantage, which is a bonus module in Stoic Anxiety Mastery. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
08:12 07/01/2022
James Stockdale and the Power of Realistic Optimism
In a new series, I will be giving short lessons on my favorite "Stoic superheroes," both ancient and modern. We will begin by talking about James Stockdale and the Stockdale Paradox. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and share it with a friend who might benefit from listening. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
13:06 06/24/2022
The Stoic Reframe to Deal with Loss of Any Kind
If you deeply recognize that life is impermanent, ever-changing and that everything we enjoy is a gift from the Universe, you can no longer suffer in the same way when things are taken from you.This episode is inspired by the following quote from Epictetus: “Under no circumstances ever say ‘I have lost something,’ only ‘I returned it.’ Did a child of yours die? No, it was returned. Your wife died? No, she was returned. ‘My land was confiscated.’ No, it too was returned.FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
09:17 06/11/2022
How I Overcame Anxiety Using Stoicism: Interview with Jon Brooks
“I’ve spent the last 7 or 8 years of my life with the prime objective of healing my anxiety and I have looked at so many different modalities. This course is the one course that I would recommend to anyone who is dealing with anxiety.”- Nic Stubbs, InterviewerIn this interview, my friend and colleague Nic Stubbs and I  flesh out the details of my new course: Stoic Anxiety Mastery.Who is it for? Why I created it. And how it works.As well as a bunch of other topics around my personal journey with anxiety and how I transformed it from enemy to ally, the reasons why spiritual people shy away from these thoroughly research-backed cognitive healing modalities, and some of Nic's insights from his own struggles with social anxiety.FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
79:17 05/20/2022
Hard Challenges Unlock Inner Superpowers
 Stay updated with all Stoic Handbook podcasts, courses, and articles, you can sign up here. ---This episode features my breakdown of the following quote: For every challenge, remember the resources you have within you to cope with it. Provoked by the sight of a handsome man or a beautiful woman, you will discover within you the contrary power of self-restraint… In time, you will grow to be confident that there is not a single impression that you will not have the moral means to tolerate.— Enchiridion, Chapter 10, EpictetusFREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
08:28 05/17/2022
Pain Is a Problem for the Body, Not The Mind
Sickness is a problem for the body, not the mind – unless the mind decides that it is a problem. Lameness, too, is the body’s problem, not the mind’s. Say this to yourself whatever the circumstance and you will find without fail that the problem pertains to something else, not to you.— EpictetusFREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
10:38 05/05/2022
Stoic Acceptance Contemplation to Reduce Anxiety Over an Uncertain Future
In this episode, we explore Chapter 8 of the Enchiridion and learn about an approach to accepting events exactly as they are instead of resisting against the will of nature and fortune. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
08:49 04/30/2022
How to Let Go of Things You Love
Learn more about Stoic Anxiety Mastery: https://stoichandbook.ck.page/anxietyIn this episode, we explore Chapter 7 of the Enchiridion and learn about an analogy that can help us practice letting go of the things we enjoy in life when it is time to "return" back to our source. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
06:01 04/22/2022
Stoicism is Preparation For the Worst Day of Your Life
In this episode, I talk about a recent tragedy I heard about close to home.  I share some reflections on how I think about death, life, and gratitude in the midst of turmoil. I hope you find it useful.FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
10:56 03/09/2022
Deep Dive: How to Gamify Stoic Philosophy To Overcome Fear and Develop Radical Gratitude
This episode was recorded in 2019. It features an interview that I gave to my HighExistence teammate Mike Slavin on Stoic philosophy. If you enjoyed this episode, I recommend you subscribe to both The Highexistence Podcast and The Stoic Handbook Podcast for more. ---Most people have heard of Stoicism.It’s a philosophy dense with practical wisdom.But how many Stoics do you know?I don’t mean people who have read Meditations or Letters from a Stoic, I mean actual Stoics…Individuals who are comparable to the authors of these books in their tranquility, wisdom, self-discipline, and joy.This was a question I kept asking myself as I embarked on my study of Stoicism 10 years ago.One of my passions is learning, or more specifically learning through systems.I’m the guy who measures every workout at the gym, keeps detailed spreadsheets for the progress of my martial art, and has pretty much every habit tracking app available on his phone. I believe technology if harnessed correctly, can be an incredible tool for wisdom.This is why, when I first started getting into Stoicism, I was disappointed by most people's answer to “How do you ACTUALLY become a Stoic?”Most of the time the answer was something like the following:Read the original Stoic classics multiple times. Reflect on your day by journaling. Do a few visualizations throughout the day. Focus only on the things you can control.It’s not a terrible answer, but it’s far from great. I needed a roadmap. I needed to know that I wasn’t going to be wasting my precious time focusing on the wrong things. I needed a system.When I first started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu two years ago I realized the deep value of embodied wisdom. You cannot watch technique videos and expect to beat opponents at grappling. So much of the learning comes when you are faced with challenges you must overcome.With Stoicism, many people spend time filling their heads with ideas and not putting any of it into practice. This means the time spent reading about the Stoic principles acts more like a distraction from problems than an antidote to them.So how do we get around this? How do we get actually bridge the gap and put theory into practice and stop wasting time in intellectual la-la-land??That’s what we discuss on the podcast today. On this episode, I relinquished my usual role as podcast host so I could sit in the hot seat. Fellow collaborator at HighExistence, Mike Slavin wears the interviewer hat and together we explore topics such as:How I used Stoicism to overcome my social anxietyThe exercises I developed for reducing intense fearThe right and wrong ways to learn Stoicism (and anything else)My favorite technique to live with more gratitudeThe key components missing from modern StoicismMy thinking process behind my Stoic coursesAnd tons moreFREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
102:10 02/17/2022
Epictetus on Foolish Bragging vs. Wise Pride
Read the Stoic breakdown that accompanies this podcast here: https://www.stoichandbook.co/it-is-foolish-to-feel-pride-over-externals/FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
07:33 02/12/2022
11 Stoic Strategies to Conquer Fear
This is the audio version of a YouTube video you can watch here. Note: In this audio, I insert a clip of the great Jocko Willink (channel here), but because this was originally a video with a visual of Jocko including his social accounts, it seems like I didn't credit him in this audio. Someone raised this in a podcast review, and I want to make this clear. In this episode, I explore 11 quotes by Seneca all about fear and anxiety, then explain some ways we might apply these ideas to our own life. If you're reading this, I'd deeply appreciate a rating/review on Spotify and/or Apple Podcasts. 🤗 Thanks! FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
28:41 01/11/2022
The Art of Stoic Reading
In this Stoic Handbook episode, I answer a question by my fellow HighExistence teammate Mike Slavin, who asked me about ways I implement ancient Stoicism into my life. The question prompted me to discuss the best practices I've found for reading Stoic texts. FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
08:00 01/01/2022
Donald Robertson on Derren Brown and the Stoic View of Anxiety
To get access to my full conversations with great thinkers like Donald Robertson, you can subscribe to The HighExistence Podcast at: https://highexistence.com/podcast/In this episode, I share a clip with the great Stoic writer Donald Robertson that I conducted in a longer interview on The HighExistence Podcast. In this episode, Donald gives his account of Derren Brown's book Happy and shares his response to the questions... Is there a utility to anxiety? Were the Stoics too harsh on the emotion of anxiety?FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
15:11 12/16/2021
The Stoic Wake Up Call: A Guide to Ending Procrastination
In this contemplation, I guide you through a series of questions that has you examine your life and your decisions. Are you not living up to your potential? Are you wasting time? Are you procrastinating or making excuses? Even though this talk may be an uncomfortable listen... that's the point. It's designed as a "wake up" reflection to get you thinking and moving forward.  FREE TOOL:📕 Stoic Anxiety 25-Page Cheatsheethttps://stoichandbook.ck.page Support the showFor Wisdom Seekers Who Want More... 🌊 Stoic Anxiety Mastery Course 📧 Stoic Handbook Newsletter
20:29 12/10/2021