Stoicism and Anger with Gregory Sadler

Gregory Sadler

Gregory Sadler joins me for a conversation about Stoicism and anger.

We talk about the negative consequences of anger; how to reduce anger and stress; how to better handle testing situations; benefits of a more content mindset; and much more.

Gregory B. Sadler is a philosopher, consultant, speaker, and online content producer.

He served as a Combat Engineer in the US Army, then attended and graduated from Lakeland College with a degree in Philosophy and Mathematics. He went on to earn a Masters and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

After his graduate work, for six years, he taught Philosophy and Religious Studies for Ball State University’s extended education 4-year degree program, at Indiana State Prison. He then moved down to Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, where in addition to teaching Critical Thinking and Philosophy classes, he coordinated university-wide assessment, wrote portions of the 10 year Quality Enhancement plan, and began designing and facilitating workshops for educators.

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Stoic Philosophy: Acceptance

I talk about the benefits of a mindset including an attitude of acceptance drawing upon passages from ‘Seneca’s Letters From a Stoic.’

Rather than merely complaining — lamenting our situation in life and events happening around us which are outside our control — we can work to improve our mindset by being more content and in doing so reduce our anger, stress levels, and anxiety. We can work to be aware of our emotions, prepare for hardships, and respond to events more appropriately with an attitude of acceptance.

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement — strengthening and improving one’s mindset and life — is central to Stoic thought.

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Stoic Philosophy: Suicide, Finding the Will to Live

I explore passages in Seneca’s ‘Letters from a Stoic’ relating to the topic of suicide which can encourage people to find the will to live.

We can respond to thoughts of suicide by working to improve in taking action; enduring suffering; having a sense of gratitude; having hope for the future; reflecting on past accomplishments; accepting elements of chance and inevitability in life; being mindful of thoughts and emotions to have insight motivated toward change; preparing for hardships; being strong and brave; considering the impact suicide can have on others; and finding meaning in life.

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement — strengthening and improving one’s mindset and life — is central to Stoic thought.

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Stoicism and Thoreau with Kenny Luck

 

Author Kenny Luck

Author Kenny Luck joins me to talk about the parallels between Stoic Philosophy and the writings of Henry David Thoreau.

Kenny Luck is the author of Thumbing Through Thoreau published by Tribute Books in 2010; a filmmaker; a photographer; a videographer; and a doctoral student studying Human Development at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Find Kenny on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kjluck.

We talk about living simply; reducing desires; knowing thyself; seeking contentment; reframing; improving mindset; goal-setting; living a fulfilled life; and more.

My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.

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Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists June 25 speech

I’ll be speaking for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia’s monthly speaker series on June 25, 2017 in Willow Grove, PA at the Upper Moreland Library.

Next month, I will be delivering a one-hour presentation titled ‘Stoic Philosophy for Secular Humanists’ and engaging with audience members in a question and answer period. Following the presentation and Q&A, I’ll join event attendees for dinner. This event is free and open to the public.

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