The Wisdom of Stoic Living
What matters if you want to flourish in life is who you are and what you do. You want to express your highest Self in every moment, and the simplest strategy to do that is by focusing on what you control. Ultimately, you want to take responsibility for your own flourishing, for which you need the tools to live a Stoic life, bringing greater knowledge of emotional resilience, and the ability to endure stressful situations without getting overwhelmed. Join Jonas Salzgeber in this 4-week course and discover how to apply Stoic philosophy to your everyday life.
Skills You Will Learn
- Gain resilience, confidence, and calmness with the timeless wisdom of Stoicism.
- Develop your positive qualities and values to live by such as courage, patience, self-discipline, perseverance, and reasonableness.
- Strengthen your emotional resilience so others can’t push your buttons anymore.
- Discover how to get off that emotional roller coaster, reduce negative emotions, gain tranquility, and stay calm in the midst of a storm.
- Create daily routines to improve your awareness and your actions better in a chaotic world.
Jonas Salzgeber, author of The Little Book of Stoicism, writes for a popular personal development website dedicated to helping people become better versions of themselves. His simple, practical, and concise approach to the ancient wisdom of Stoic philosophy and modern science helps lifehacker students with the most important step: to put the knowledge from the theory into action.
What is Stoicism all about? Where does this ancient philosophy come from? Who were its main characters, and what was their goal in life? This first week focuses on the core ideas of Stoicism. We’ll discover that what matters if you want to flourish in life is who you are and what you do. You want to express your highest self in every moment. The simplest strategy to do that is by focusing on what you control, and ultimately, you want to take responsibility for your own flourishing by being response-able in the present moment.
Stoicism is demanding as it asks of you to express your highest Self in every moment. This isn’t easy as life happens and you sometimes get caught off guard. What you need is a certain awareness in the present moment so that you can accept rather than fight what is – an invaluable skill in the art of living. This week is about saying “yes” to life’s challenges.
What is philosophy for if not to prepare yourself for the things that may come upon you? This week is about emotional resilience – the ability to endure stressful situations without getting overwhelmed. What have your expectations and desires to do with getting frustrated and disappointed? And what can you do about it? The stoics were not idle but prepared mentally and physically to face adversity with a certain calmness and trust in their resilience.
Stoic philosophy is a highly practical matter. And its benefit can only be reaped if practiced in everyday life. This week focuses on how to do that. Our primary responsibility is to look after ourselves properly, so that we may flourish and thus naturally support our human relatives. An aspiring stoic is looking for the truth and is willing to learn and apply and reflect – and repeat.
This short master class will give you an overview of the Stoic philosophy, and how it could benefit you today. We also hear about Jonas’ story so that we can relate to the everyday dynamics that call us to be more stoic.