The Sunday Stoic

The Sunday Stoic
Life can be overwhelming, navigating day by day is difficult at best and nearly impossible without a guide. The philosophy of Stoicism is a map for living a good life. Join Steve every Sunday for interviews with modern Stoics, readings of ancient…

190: Stoicism and Emotion with Dr. Benjamin Rider
Aug 2 • 50 min
Dr. Benjamin Rider (University of Central Arkansas) joins the show this week to disucuss the book Stoicism and Emotions by Margaret Graver
189: Stoic Forgiveness
Jul 26 • 12 min
The Stoics can seem like a judgmental group. But what do they actually say about forgiveness and acceptance of others?Seneca On Clemency: Enchrididion:…
Midweek Porch Cast: The Journey/Dance Of Life
Jul 22 • 11 min
I describe some of the struggles I’ve been having aligning my values and my actions as well as a discussion of life as a journey versus a dance.You can check out my blog post at www.sundaystoicpodcast.comHere’s the video that I referenced in the…
188: Nourish Your Soul With Cheerfulness
Jul 19 • 5 min
Food and drink sustain our bodies but our attitude and actions can build a robust soul. This week we’ll here from Epictetus: Fragments 30 and 31.Support the show by going to
187: Don’t Be A Show-off
Jul 12 • 11 min
As a good Stoic, we should try be a good neighbor and citizen. One way to do this is not to flaunt our possessions or our good lives to much. We also need to take care to avoid doing wrong. Guilt is an anchor that disrupts the good flow of life. This…
186: Stoicism and Freemasonry with Michael Cockroft
Jul 5 • 56 min
Michael Cockroft a practicing Stoic and Mason joins the podcast to discuss the similarities and differences between Stoic Philosophy and Freemasonry. Join the discussion on the Discord server: Discussed in the…
185: Teach Your Children Well
Jun 28 • 10 min
Epictetus shows us that we are uneducated or wrongly educated in many things. This makes us like children. Only through study can we become fully functional adults in the world. Meanwhile, we should be gentle with ourselves when we err just as we would…
184: The Importance of Routine
Jun 21 • 15 min
The small things we do each minute contribute to our overall progress to our larger life goals. If we have no set routine, we will stagnate and our life goals will remain forever out of reach.Reading: Moral Letters #122…
183: Disobey?
Jun 14 • 17 min
When is it right to disobey those who have power over us? If we do the right thing, is it really disobedience? Readings: Musoinius Rufus XVIThe Discourses of Epictetus I:2
183: Philosopical Physical Fitness
Jun 7 • 20 min
According to Socrates, to be healthy as possible increases our ability to be virtuous. the show by going to
182- Thinking Philosophically About Current Events
Jun 4 • 9 min
Racism, rioting, peaceful protests, these are difficult things to think about let alone talk about but to remain silent is worse.
181: Self Control
May 31 • 19 min
Stoics are not unfeeling automatons. But we do try to dial down the effects of negative emotions. The perfect Sage may not feel full blown anger, or lust or anxiety, but we are not sages. In this episode Seneca tells Lucilius about the need for self…
#180 Practice is over, this is real life
May 24 • 7 min
This is not practice, this is life. You know your principles, you do not need another teacher to be your guide, rise as an autonomous Stoic!Today’s Reading The Enchridion#50. Whatever moral rules you have deliberately proposed to yourself. abide by them…
179: Good Character
May 17 • 22 min
This week Marcus Aurelius lists and defines the character traits that he wishes to have. Marcus wants to be prudent, resigned and magnanimous. We too can aim for these traits, to be wise, to focus only on what we can control and to have greatness of…
178: The Greater Good
May 10 • 16 min
The Stoics often elevate Justice above the other virtues. Our man duty in this life is to be a just member of society. This week I’ll reflect on justice as well as share my journal entry of the day where I explore the spiritual side of Stoicism.Readings:…
177: Bad Choices
May 3 • 13 min
If we resolve to do something, it can feel inconstant to change our minds, but sometimes changing our minds is the logical thing to do. This week we’ll hear from Epictetus Book II Chapter of the Discourses. This show is also available on YouTube…
176: Guilt
Apr 26 • 14 min
The Stoics have a lot to say about how to live up to their teachings, and how doing wrong mostly harms ourselves. They don’t have as much overtly to say about what to do after you’ve made a mistake. How do we as Stoics deal with guilt and anxiety?Support…
175: Live in the Kitchen
Apr 19 • 18 min
Steve and Chrissy discuss the challenges of pandemic life. we discuss the challenges of raising a child, keeping up with work etc during this challenging time. And how The tenants of Stoicism can help to make it a time to reflect and a time to be grateful.
Episode 174 - Don’t Let Your Soul Grow Cold
Apr 12 • 11 min
As we lose our routines it is easy to lose our philosophy. Now is the time to find our weaknesses and hone our skills. We must not let this change in circumstance make us sloppy Stoics.
173: Shuhari Progressing as a Stoic
Apr 5 • 14 min
Today we look at what it means to progress as Stoics using an example of Shuhari from the world of martial arts. we progress, one thing we need to do is let go of the writings of others and rely on…
3 Years Of The Sunday Stoic!
Apr 2 • 3 min
Wow we’ve made it three years! This is just a quick shout out from my porch on the current state of affairs.
172: Stoicism and Comedy with Michael Connell
Mar 29 • 32 min
Michael Connell joins the show to discuss comedy and Stoicism. We discuss how he got into comedy, how he found Stoicism and how he incorporates the two. You can check out his work here
171: Reformed Stoicism with Dr. Piotr Stankiewicz
Mar 22 • 52 min
Dr. Stankiewicz joins the podcast to discuss his new book. Manual of Reformed Stoicism. We discuss his approach to Stoicism, and direct applications of philosophy to everyday life including the Corona Virus crisis. To Save 30% off the book and get free…
170: Stoicism in the Face of Corona Chaos
Mar 15 • 13 min
How should a Stoic act in the face of Covid19? What should a Stoic do if they become sick? We should live the role that we have received without complaint and without fear. Listerns can save 30% on the new book Manual of Reformed Stoicism by using the…
Episode 169: Superfluous Nonsense
Mar 8 • 14 min
We need to prioritize our lives to eliminate the nonsense and focus on the important things. One day we will be out of time. This week’s reading
168: Reading the Stoics
Mar 1 • 17 min
What is the best introduction to Stoicism? What are the best translations? How do I get the most out of my reading? These are a few of the questions I will attempt to cover in this week’s episode. 1. Guide to the Good Life- Irvine:…
167: Diverse Paths of Destruction: They Hymn of Cleanthes
Feb 23 • 9 min
This week we’ll look at one of the few pieces of writing from Cleanthes (the second head of the Stoic school). We will examine his Hymn To Zeus and see what an early Stoic thought of God, the cosmos and humanities relationship with them. Sources:…
166: Play to Your Strengths
Feb 16 • 10 min
The teachings of Stoicism often lead us to the belief that we must be in the front lines of life to make a difference. Seneca has a different take, play to your strengths, perhaps you can do more good as a blogger than as a politician.…
165: Fighting In Your Pajamas
Feb 9 • 5 min
Being sick sucks. Whether a it is a cold that keeps you from enjoying the weekend or a life altering illness, we still have a job to do and progress to make. This week Seneca reminds us that we can be brave even in our pajamas. This week’s reading…
164: A Stoic Looks at 40
Feb 2 • 14 min
I’m turning 40… Today is a personal reflection on what that means to me and how to philosophically make sense of the last 40 years and who I’d like to be in the future. Today’s quote was from this post…
163: The Last Word
Jan 26 • 16 min
This week we look at the last paragraph in the major works of the late Stoics. It is interesting that the last paragraph of the Meditations, Letters From A Stoic and The Discourses are all short glimpses of the whole works that they are a part of. They…
162: Discordant Opinions
Jan 19 • 11 min
To be good philosophers we need to align our opinions with reality. As we progress, discordant opinions will stand out like out of tune guitar strings. But only by examining our opinions can we hope to call ourselves philosophers. Action Alert: Please…
161: The Fear of Death
Jan 12 • 20 min
Overcoming the fear of death is one of the first tasks of becoming a Stoic. How can one do this? This week we’ll peek into the journal of Marcus Aurelius to see his thoughts on anxiety and death. The basic take home ideas this week. 1. Death is natural,…
160: Stoic Basic Training
Jan 5 • 17 min
Its a new year, how do we get started on the long climb toward sagehood? Both Seneca and Epictetus have their suggestions. Renounce desires, and focus on our fear of death and poverty. Let’s get started!today’s readings:Seneca: Moral Letters #80…
159: Actionable Planning: Resolutions That Work
Dec 29, 2019 • 13 min
As you plan for the new year, be sure that your plans are actionable and reasonable. So that you have 1. A chance of accomplishing them and 2. A way of measuring your progress.
158: Holiday Mindset, Don’t Be Scrooge
Dec 22, 2019 • 14 min
Many of us have a hole in our heart that we try to fill with possessions, Seneca recommends we try focusing on gratitude instead. This week’s reading is Seneca, ON Benefits Book 3 Chapters II and…
157: Stoicon and more with Kai Whiting
Dec 18, 2019 • 49 min
Kai Whiting, a researcher at the University of Lisbon. He joins the show to discuss his experience at Stoicon as well as his current projects. You can check out his most recent speech at UNESCO here:…
155: Putting Yourself to the Test
Dec 15, 2019 • 22 min
Philosophy means nothing if it is not put to the test. Stoicism is a philosophy of action. If we are lions in the classroom but lambs in the real world, our time has been wasted. This week’s readings:Discourses 1:30 and 1:15Email the show…
154: Craftsmanship
Dec 8, 2019 • 15 min
Nothing solid and long lasting can be made without a plan. This week Seneca will encourage us to build our knowledge of philosophy carefully and to chose our mentors well.
153: Don’t Take It Personally
Dec 1, 2019 • 10 min
This week we will hear from Seneca. He is going to introduce us to one of the core ideas of Stoicism, one that was later heavily discussed by Epictetus. To live well, we must understand the universe and not be upset when predictable things…
152: The Enchiridion 1-3
Nov 24, 2019 • 16 min
This week we’ll go back to the basics with Epictetus and remind ourselves of what is and what is not in our power and how to prepare ourselves for loss. I read the first three chapters of the Enchiridion.…
151: Leadership with Nick Peters
Nov 17, 2019 • 37 min
Nicholas Peters, a District Fire Management Officer for the U.S. Forest Service joins the show to discuss Stoicism and the qualities of a good leader. We also talk about firefighting as well as parenting.
150: Speak Like A Stoic
Nov 10, 2019 • 21 min
The Stoics were known to speak in a concise and clear manner. They based their speech on the way the Spartans talked. In the era of oversharing and social media, we could all benefit from a Laconic speech lesson.This episode was inspired by an article by…
149: Stoicism and Mindfulness with Caleb Ontiveros
Nov 3, 2019 • 36 min
Caleb Ontiveros joins the podcast to discuss his app: StoaWe chat about mindfulness, Stoic practices, building habits and using social media as a Stoic.Stoa: out his articles on Medium:
148: PorchCast-Morning Meditation and Observing Nature
Oct 30, 2019 • 5 min
Join me on the porch as I sip my coffee and contemplate the importance of watching the seasons and the stars.
147: Karen “Duff” Duffy: Thriving with Chronic Pain
Oct 27, 2019 • 45 min
This week Karen Duffy “Duff” joins the podcast to discuss living with chronic pain. In the mid 90’s while working as an MTV VJ, Duff was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, a disease that has led to chronic pain. She has dealt with this pain in several ways,…
146: Service
Oct 20, 2019 • 15 min
No matter your station in life, being of service can make life meaningful. This week Seneca tells us that being of service can help us to overcome the fickleness of Fortune! Also, you can…
145: Stoicism and Christianity with Dr. Kevin Vost
Oct 13, 2019 • 38 min
Dr. Kevin Vost joins the show to discuss his book The Porch and the Cross. We discuss the influence of Stoicism on Christianity and how modern Christians can utilize Stoicism. Dr. Vost also discusses Stoicism and physical fitness. To find out more about…
144: Spelunking with Plato
Oct 6, 2019 • 15 min
” The universe is change, life is opionion.” Everything is constantly changing, when we get upset by this, we are assenting to an opinion that contradicts nature. Today we’ll talk about change and acceptance and compare what Marcus Aurelius says about…
143: You Are Worthy
Sep 29, 2019 • 15 min
In this week’s episode, we’ll see some Un-Stoic behavior from Seneca, but this causes him to reflect and encourage us to give philosophy our time. We are worthy of her.
142: A chat with Dr. Gregory Sadler
Sep 22, 2019 • 54 min
Dr. Sadler joins the podcast to talk about his background, expanding your reading list beyond the big three Stoics, and some of the odd Stoic paradoxes that we often ignore. Stoicon X Milwaukee:…
141: Write Like a Stoic
Sep 15, 2019 • 11 min
Writing helps us to combine all of the ideas we’ve obtained by reading into our own words. In this episode, I try to follow that advice and write a philosophical letter to my niece. Upcoming Stoic Webinar on Sept. 21st!…
140: Epictetus On Illness
Sep 7, 2019 • 19 min
In this episode, Epictetus discusses the importance of not letting our pain and illness define who we are and what we do. College of Stoic Philosophers Webinar: 56: Stoicism and Illness…
139: Daoism and Stoicism with Benjamin Rider
Sep 1, 2019 • 67 min
Dr. Benjamin Rider (University of Central Arkansas) joins the podcast to discuss similarities between Daoism (Taoism) and Stoicism. You can find his paper on this subject here:…
138: Primalosophy with Nick Holderbaum
Aug 25, 2019 • 20 min
Nick Holderbaum joins the show to discuss Stoicism and firefighting as well as his Podcast and health coaching business. You can find out more at College of Stoic Philosophers is offering a webinar discussion soon, sign up…
137: Achieving Eudaimonia Moment by Moment
Aug 18, 2019 • 24 min
If we want to live a good life, we have to live well each moment. Today we’ll discuss arete and how to apply it to live the good life. Pew research poll discussed in this episode:…
136: Eudaimonia: Know Thyself
Aug 11, 2019 • 15 min
Eudaimonia, or flourishing, is the goal of not just the Stoics, but many schools of thought. In this episode we’ll explore look at what Eudaimonia means and how it might apply to us as individuals. Purchase a Sunday Stoic Challenge Coin at…
135: Work-Life Balance
Aug 4, 2019 • 17 min
How can you use Stoicism to keep from dragging work home with you?This episode is inspired by a Sunday Stoic Coin:…
134: Top 10 Lessons from Cicero’s On Ends
Jul 28, 2019 • 12 min
Last week we listened to an in depth conversation between Cato and Cicero. This week I want to summarize the top 10 points from their discussion about the philosophy of Stoicism from Book 3 of Cicero’s On Ends.…
133: Good vs. value with Cato and Cicero
Jul 21, 2019 • 30 min
Today we’ll eavesdrop on a conversation between Cicero on Cato discussing the basic tenants of Stoicism. In this episode, Cato will distinguish things that are Good vs. things that are valuable and the need for virtue to live a good life.…
132: Neil Armstrong
Jul 14, 2019 • 20 min
Neil Armstrong was a man with character, someone that I try to model myself after, humble, intelligent, and hard working, he was an excellent example of humanity. I had the chance to see him once as a teenager and it left a permanent mark on me.
131: The God Within Us
Jul 7, 2019 • 16 min
The Stoics believed that we each have a spark of the divine within ourselves, the power of reason. We can improve this power over our lifetime and eventually, at least in one aspect, be equals to the gods. Most modern Stoics do not necessarily pay much…
130: Stoic Charity
Jun 30, 2019 • 6 min
Temperance, Wisdom, Justice, Fortitude, we are familiar with these virtues, but what about charity? Today we’ll here from Musonius Rufus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, we’ll also see an example of Stoic charity from Epictetus.
129: Improving Your Life With Technology
Jun 23, 2019 • 29 min
The technology we use most often is designed to be addictive. It is easy to bash it, complain and talk about how good things used to be. But on the other hand, technology is amazing. In this episode we explore how it is useful for growing as a Stoic.
128: Stoicism and Creativity with Scott Perry
Jun 16, 2019 • 52 min
A chat with Scott Perry about the intersection of creativity and Stoicism. Scott discusses his career as a musician, teacher and his newest endeavor, Creative on Purpose see a video of this interview go to…
127: Your Last Day On Earth
Jun 9, 2019 • 18 min
If you knew today was your last day, could you enjoy the little joy’s the day had to offer? Today’s episode is inspired by Montaigne. If we are to enjoy life, be brave and live to the fullest, we can’t be scared of death. Today’s episode plays with that…
126: Marcus Aurelius and The Smell of Honesty
Jun 2, 2019 • 16 min
“Can I be honest with you?” Marcus Aurelius is writing to himself here reflecting on the importance of making honesty his default setting. He also reflects on other important aspects of living… the temporary nature of things, change and leading by…
125: Reality Check
May 26, 2019 • 16 min
You won’t be here forever. In fact, it is impossible to even be remembered forever. This cold hard truth can give us the motivation focus on and care about the present. This week is a discussion of excerpts from the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Book 8.…
124: Mind Your Business
May 19, 2019 • 8 min
In Book 3 of the Meditations Marcus Aurelius tells himself to stop trying to read the minds of others and to pay attention to his own mind, his own tasks in the here and now. support the show by going to
On The Rim
May 15, 2019 • 3 min
123: Mothers Day with Marcus Aurelius
May 12, 2019 • 16 min
Book one of the Meditations is all about gratitude. Today, I reflect on my gratitude for the women in my life who have helped to make me who I am. Check out the Arete planner at…
122: Epictetus: Pick Yourself Up and Start Again
May 5, 2019 • 17 min
As we try to become better people we will fail. It is inevitable. But we don’t want to normalize failure. We don’t want to fail again and again if it is preventable. Epictetus warns us that if we do not hone our disciple of aversion, we will be like a bad…
121: Inconsistency
Apr 28, 2019 • 20 min
It is easier to judge others than to see our own faults. It is also easier to talk about philosophy than to live it. Epictetus calls his students out and questions their motivations in today’s reading.Join the conversation on Discord!…
120: Doing your Duty: Epictetus and the Anxious Father
Apr 21, 2019 • 17 min
Tinker, tailor, solider or spy, each of our roles has its own obligations. Part of Stoic wisdom is discovering those obligations and living up to them. This week Epictetus talks with an anxious father about his duties as a dad. Consider helping the show…
119: Don’t Sell Yourself Cheap
Apr 14, 2019 • 17 min
Today we begin reading from the Discourses of Epictetus. He tells us that we must use our power of reason to determine what is good and band in our individual lives. Epictetus won’t tell us how to live, but he gives us to tools to figure it out for…
118: PorchCast, The Golden Versus Of Pythagoras
Apr 7, 2019 • 10 min
This poem was read buy and quoted the Stoics. Have a listen or give it a read.
117: Obedience
Apr 7, 2019 • 9 min
Musonius Rufus answers the question “should we always obey our parents?” The answer is yes, but that doesn’t mean you should always do what you are told!Read Musonius yourself at
116: Don’t Avoid Worthwhile Hardship
Mar 31, 2019 • 7 min
There are useless hardships (perusing fame and fortune) and useful hardships. Why are we so willing to pursue the useless at the cost of the useful?
115: Donald Robertson: How to Think Like A Roman Emperor
Mar 24, 2019 • 56 min
Donald Robertson joins the podcast this week to discuss his new book. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor. The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. We’ll talk about Marcus’s life and times, his studies of philosophy and what we can learn from him today. You…
114: Musonius Rufus; Training The Body and Soul
Mar 17, 2019 • 15 min
This week we discuss one of the fragments of Musonius Rufus. He teaches us that virtue must be practiced. And that practice must be varied, some techniques strengthen the body while others focus on the soul.…
113: Stoicism, Epictetus, and Martial Arts with Michael Tremblay
Mar 10, 2019 • 51 min
Michael Tremblay ( an athlete and a PhD student studying Epictetus. We discuss Epictetus’s educational program, applications of Stoicism to modern life as well as modern critiques of Stoicism. Please help support the show by…
112: On the Happy LIfe
Mar 3, 2019 • 12 min
Seneca offers us a list of principles by which we might steer our lives. We will fail to live up to most of these, but progress is all we can hope for. the show: (501)…
111: Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life
Feb 24, 2019 • 12 min
We can accomplish so much in our short lives, if we apply our time correctly. This week Seneca reminds us that we have enough time if we don’t waste it!…
110: Anger
Feb 17, 2019 • 25 min
Anger turns us into our evil twins. We a born to serve each other, but anger makes us turn against one another instead. Seneca gives his advice on how to remove or at least attempt to control Anger. Reading:…
109: The Inevitable
Feb 13, 2019 • 6 min
Seneca thinks that most convincing advice on death comes from those who are have nearly reached the end of their lives. We may survive a disaster or a soldier’s sword, but even if we escape, old age will still get us.
108: Stoicism and Education with Kai Whiting
Feb 10, 2019 • 55 min
Kai Whiting joins the show to discuss a new paper that he and his colleagues have just put out: Education for the Sustainable Global Citizen: What Can We Learn from Stoic Philosophy and Freirean Environmental Pedagogies?Find out more at his website…
Another Trip Around The Sun
Feb 3, 2019 • 7 min
A reflection on my birthday about times past and time ahead.
107: Seneca’s Consolation to Helvia
Feb 3, 2019 • 33 min
Today well begin to talk about the Late Stoa. This episode focuses on Seneca and we’ll read one of his early works. A letter that he wrote to his mother while he was exiled to the island of Corsica.…
106: The Middle Stoa
Jan 27, 2019 • 19 min
A discussion Panateus and Posidonius the end of the school of Zeno, the introduction of Stoicism to Rome and the eclectic Middle Stoa.
105: The Early Stoa
Jan 20, 2019 • 15 min
If we are truly adopting a philosophy of life, we should know its history and its early proponents. In this episode we look at some of the Early Stoics. Reading:…
104: Stoic’s Notebook
Jan 19, 2019 • 7 min
On this short episode I describe the notebook that I carry in my pocket with sayings that I intend to commit to memory.
Episode 103: Zeno of Citium
Jan 13, 2019 • 24 min
Today we start a new season and we go back to the roots of Stoicism. We’ll investigate the founder, Zeno of Citium. Reading:
102: Interview on the Time Flies Podcast
Dec 30, 2018 • 64 min
Here is an interview on a new Stoic Podcast called “Time Flies”. Check it out at can find out more about my podcast at
100: Born Again Stoic
Dec 16, 2018 • 18 min
Note: I will be taking a short break, the podcast will return on January 13. This week’s episode is about actually committing to change. Not in the future, but right now.
99: So you want to be a Stoic
Dec 9, 2018 • 16 min
Please fill out the Show Survey: you have what it takes to be a Stoic? If you are trying live a philosophical life, how do you know if you are progressing? Today’s Reading The Discourses of Epictetus Book 2 #18 and…
98: Don’t Be Like Them
Dec 2, 2018 • 4 min
When someone does you wrong, remember that the best way to get revenge is to not be like them. If you take an eye for an eye, your are just as guilty as they are.
97: Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode I recorded while on the road on a 12 hour drive to my family farm for Thanksgiving. I knew it would be a somewhat stressful trip, so I made a point to practice Stoicism along the way.
Midweek Porchcast: Firewood
Nov 20, 2018 • 8 min
Cutting firewood with my dad helps me to be mindful about how easy I have it.
96: Your Ruling Faculty
Nov 18, 2018 • 7 min
It is always good to stop and remind yourself of how you fit in. You are part of the universe, you are part of society. Once you are reminded of this, it becomes much easier to know how to act.
Wednesday Porchcast. Listener Feedback And The Future Of The Podcast
Nov 14, 2018 • 9 min
Follow up to some listener feedback and a discussion on the future of the Sunday Stoic
95: Breakfast with Epicurus
Nov 11, 2018 • 12 min
On this episode we’ll see what the rival school of Epicureanism has to say about living the good life. Today’s Reading:
What is Stoicism?
Nov 7, 2018 • 6 min
The audio to a recent video on you-tube
The Stoic Redneck
Nov 4, 2018 • 22 min
Steve talks about his background steeped in ethics and gunpowder.
94: Collateral Improvement: Creating New Habits
Nov 4, 2018 • 15 min
Habits are a form of autopiolot that help us navigate our busy days. But bad habits can cause us to lose productivity, to miss out on time with family etc. In this episode we will look into cultivating new habits with help from Epictetus and Charles…
93: The Trial of Socrates Part 2: The Gadfly of Athens
Oct 28, 2018 • 16 min
Socrates is on trial. His life is at stake. Does he beg the court for his life, does he promise to mend his ways? No, he compares himself to a fly and asks for a hero’s reward. Socrates is wise and brave, he dies like he lives, virtuously.
A Conversation With Chrissy
Oct 25, 2018 • 5 min
A quick casual conversation with my wife about how well stoicism is working in my life and how it’s helping her too.
92: Semper Vigilance
Oct 21, 2018 • 7 min
The character that we are building within ourselves is a precious thing. Epictetus warns us that it requires constant vigilance. If we take our eyes of the road for just a second, we may lose all that we’ve worked for in an instant. Reading: Discourses…
91: How to Live Like Socrates with Donald Robertson
Oct 17, 2018 • 51 min
This week Donald Robertson joins us from Athens. We’ll discuss the influence of Socrates on Stoicism and lessons we can draw from Socrates to live a better life. Don’t forget to sign up for Donald’s Course on Living Like Socrates. Listeners can save 20%…
90: The Trial of Socrates Part 1: I Know Nothing
Oct 14, 2018 • 10 min
Socrates was a role model for the Stoics, in this several part series we’ll start to investigate why he was held in such high regard. Reading: the show on Patreon…
89: Change
Oct 7, 2018 • 9 min
Are you ready for a change? Ready or not here it comes. From day to day life to the crumbling of cities to the fall of mountains nothing stays the same.
88: Stoic Optimism
Sep 30, 2018 • 13 min
Stoicism and optimism may seem like strange bedfellows. But If you can’t be a Sage, optimism can a good way to keep yourself from overreacting to real or potential issues!Stoic Week is coming up!
87: Winter Fig
Sep 23, 2018 • 8 min
To wish for things we cannot have is to wish for a fig in winter. We must align our desires with reality if we are going to earn the Stoic moniker! Thanks to Cat for joining as a Patron. Check out her art at
86: Exile
Sep 16, 2018 • 15 min
The Stoics advise us over and over again that exile is not something to fear. We generally don’t face exile in the same way the Greeks and Romans did, but we can live in exile without even leaving home. Stoic week is coming up! Find out more at…
85: Watching the Sunrise
Sep 13, 2018 • 5 min
This morning I’m starting the day with advice from Marcus Aurelius: “The Pythagoreans bid us in the morning look to the heavens that we may be reminded of those bodies which continually do the same things and in the same manner perform their work, and…
84: Life is Short
Sep 9, 2018 • 17 min
Each day could be our last. Rather than dwell on this fact with sadness, it can be our inspiration! Today’s Reading:
83: Authenticity
Sep 2, 2018 • 9 min
Living according to our own individual nature requires us to be authentic in everything we do. How do we know when we are being authentic? The Stoics have a lot to say on the matter!
82: Leadership
Aug 26, 2018 • 12 min
How do the properties of a good leader and of a philosopher converge? Musonius Rufus has the answer! Readings:
81: Ozymandias
Aug 22, 2018 • 5 min
The poem Ozymandias contains similar themes to the writings of Marcus Aurelius. The things we think are important now, will one day crumble to dust. hear more of my music go to…
80: Finding Your Voice with John Saunders
Aug 19, 2018 • 44 min
Stoicism is not a philosophy of navel gazing, we are active agents in this world. Don’t just be a receptor of ideas, you must find your voice and affect change in your world. We are joined again this week by Dr. John Saunders.
79: GYSST; Putting Your Life In Perspective: Writing Your Own Obituary
Aug 15, 2018 • 5 min
One good way to put your life into perspective is to examine what your obituary would say if you died today. Compare this obituary to what you’d prefer it said if you changed your character and became the person you want to be before you died. You can…
78: Anxiety
Aug 12, 2018 • 29 min
Upset stomach, sleepless nights, irritability… we’ve all been there. Our anxious mind causing us to suffer in the shadow of some looming event. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way? The Stoics have a lot to say about anxiety, we’ll scratch the…
77: Logical Fallacies
Aug 8, 2018 • 13 min
We must be careful not to fall into Logical traps. If we are going to live using Reason as our guide we must not fall for, or into logical fallacies. Today’s show is based on this image:…
76: Choose, but Choose Wisely…
Aug 5, 2018 • 7 min
This episode focuses on one of the core tenements of Epictetus’s Stoicism the power of Choice. No matter what is happening we always have choices to make. To turn left or right, to speak or stay silent, to die with a frown or a smile on our face.
75: Reason And Ethics with Massimo Pigliucci
Jul 29, 2018 • 62 min
According to the Stoics, the one thing that distinguishes us from the rest of nature our capacity to reason. But what exactly is reason and how does it relate to living a complete life? Dr. Massimo Pigliucci joins the podcast this week to discuss…
74: The Stockdale Paradox
Jul 22, 2018 • 9 min
Who were the first to die in the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam? The optimists. This is known as the Stockdale Paradox. Living a philosophical life requires us not to be blindly optimistic but to face the facts and live life accordingly. That huge upheaval in…
73: Stage Fright
Jul 17, 2018 • 10 min
Have to perform on stage? Have to give a big talk at work? What do the Stoics have to say about stage fright?Contact the show: (501) 503-3132 the show by donating on Paypal or by going to…
72: GYSST; Advice From The Future You
Jul 15, 2018 • 7 min
If you could talk to your 102 year old self, what advice would they give you? This is a powerful exercise for thinking about what is really important in your life. But advice is only useful if you take it! Contact the show: (501)…
71: Stoic Parenting a Success Story. A Conversation with Mary Miller Part 2
Jul 8, 2018 • 39 min
Mary continues her discussion of the influence her father and philosophy on her childhood and her successful career in the Navy. Be sure to check out part one of this interview !
70: Stoic Parenting a Success Story. A Conversation with Mary Miller Part 1
Jul 1, 2018 • 39 min
Mary’s father was an Air Force pilot and a follower of Stoicism. Up to the age of eight years old, Mary’s father taught her philosophical life lessons that she could relate to and memorize. These lessons served Mary well as she navigated a chaotic and…
69: The Power of Persuasion with John Saunders
Jun 24, 2018 • 39 min
How do we prevent ourselves from being duped? The Stoic school didn’t focus only on ethics. They also taught physics and logic. Part of logic was critical thinking and rhetoric. Today Dr. John Saunders joins the show to talk about the rhetoric/the power…
68: Getting Your Stoic Sh#t Together #1: Choose Your Role Models
Jun 17, 2018 • 14 min
Without a straight edge it is hard to make something crooked straight again. Role models give us the ability to assess our improvement and give us a target to aim for when building our character. In this episode I ask, who are your role models? Let me…
67: Taking Stoicism Beyond The Self with Kai Whiting
Jun 10, 2018 • 38 min
Stoicism can be practiced in a number of ways. One could focus solely on self improvement or one could also direct their attention outward to the needs of others. Kai Whiting joins the podcast this week to discuss his recent blog post on the Daily Stoic.…
66: Midweek Porchcast; The Blacksmith And The Nail
Jun 6, 2018 • 7 min
Stoicism allows us to develop our ability to process the world before acting on it. Impulsivity can lead to unintended consequences. The Sunday Stoic website and blog has moved to The end song is a live recording of my song…
65: The Practicing Stoic with Ward Farnsworth
Jun 3, 2018 • 40 min
Today Ward Farnsworth, the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law joins the show to discuss his upcoming book: The Practical Stoic A Philosophical User’s Manual.
64: Midweek Porchcast
May 30, 2018 • 14 min
On this episode I’ll tell you a little about myself and how I’ve applied some of the ideas of Stoicism to my life. I’ll also talk about upcoming episodes.
63: Help Me to Help Myself. How to Pray Like a Stoic
May 27, 2018 • 14 min
Rather than praying for externals, the Stoics advocate that we pray only for those things that are within our power. This can be helpful for believers and nonbelievers alike. How we frame our desires can directly influence our satisfaction with life. A…
62: Stoicism and Poker with Justin Vacula
May 20, 2018 • 32 min
Justin Vacula (The Stoic Solutions Podcast) joins the show today to discuss the parallels between life and games.
61: Do Stoics Feel?
May 13, 2018 • 11 min
We need to be careful not to confuse stoic with Stoic. In modern English stoic refers to an individual who does not have or at least does not show emotion. While having no emotions may lead to a tranquil life, it is not the path of a Stoic. Reading:…
60: Message from a lifetime Stoic
May 12, 2018 • 5 min
Mary was taught Stoic concepts from a young age, she contacted the show to share her story of Stoicism and resilience. Contact the show: (501) 503-3132 the show by donating on paypal or by…
59: Persistence
May 6, 2018 • 13 min
In order to make progress we must be persistent. This will require us to prioritize the things in our life as we can’t pursue too many courses of action at a time if we are going to succeed. We will need to pair down our lives to focus on the things that…
58: The Battle of Vices
May 1, 2018 • 7 min
This is an example of a Patron only Episode:Seneca gives us advice on overcoming our vices. Rule #1 stay away from your triggers! as little as $5 a month you can get an extra episode a…
57: Were Neanderthals Rational? A Conversation with Kai Whiting
Apr 29, 2018 • 43 min
Kai Whiting joins the show this week to discuss his most recent publication. We explore how the Stoics would relate to Neanderthals and the implications on our relationships with other organisms. Neanderthal Paper:…
Episode 56: Stoicism and Illness with Carmelo
Apr 22, 2018 • 10 min
Stoicism is a philosophy of life, it can help us to thrive in any situation we may face. Stoicism can help us re-frame Illness as an opportunity to practice fortitude, patience, and being thankful for what we have. Today’s guest is Carmelo, the founder of…
Episode 55: Live While You Can
Apr 15, 2018 • 17 min
Life is short, stop sending time as if you have an unlimited supply, at the same time don’t fear death as if it were evil. Readings: Plato’s Apology the Shortness of Life:…
Episode 54: The Inn of life
Apr 8, 2018 • 11 min
Life is not permanent, our time here should be thought of like a stop at an Inn. When you spend the night at a hotel, you don’t typically get attached to the furniture or other objects within. When its time to go you move on and another guest takes your…
Episode 53: One Year Anniversary/A Call to Action
Apr 1, 2018 • 16 min
This is the one year anniversary of the Sunday Stoic! On today’s reading we are reminded that Stoicism must be put into practice if we want all of this talk to amount to anything!Support the show by going to…
Episode 50: Reason
Mar 11, 2018 • 14 min
This episode will focus on the faculty of Reason. Reason may not be completely unique to humans but we have the ability to perfect it and utilize it to live a good, happy life. Contact the Show 501-503-3132 or go to and click…
Episode 49:10 Rules For Dealing With Difficult People
Mar 4, 2018 • 12 min
In today’s reading Marcus Aurelius lists 10 ways to deal with difficult people without losing your cool…Reading: Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Book 11 #18 sure to contact the show 501-503-3132.…
Episode 48: Stoic Maxims
Feb 24, 2018 • 9 min
Maxims are short easy to remember sayings that help you to remember the tenets of a philosophy. This week we’ll look at several as written in Seneca’s Moral Letters to Lucilius. Please contact the show, record a short message for inclusion on the 1 year…
Episode 47: Sex
Feb 17, 2018 • 7 min
Lets explore the early and late Stoic view of Sex. Happy Valentines Day!Readings: Diogenes: Enchridion #33:…
Donald Robertson: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
Feb 13, 2018 • 11 min
Donald Robertson discusses a few Daily Stoic practices that may enhance your life as well as his course on How to Think Like A Roman Emperor. For more information check out his website: out the Sunday Stoic Podcast at…
Episode 46: Judging Others
Feb 11, 2018 • 9 min
The Stoics are a fairly strict bunch, as we try to improve ourselves we judge ourselves a lot. But should that judgement be used on those around us?The Enchridion #45…
Episode 45: The Sage
Feb 3, 2018 • 6 min
What are some of the characteristics of the ideal Stoic. We’ll see what Seneca has to say about it. All references below are to Moral Letters to Lucilius Sage is rare, showing up perhaps once…
Episode 44: Training
Jan 28, 2018 • 17 min
We’ve talked a lot about mental exercises and Stoic ways to think about things. But how can we actually train ourselves to be better people?Readings: Fragments of Musonius Rufus #VI Letters to…
Episode 43: God
Jan 21, 2018 • 11 min
The Stoics mention god, gods, Zeus and nature a lot… what is the relationship here and can it help us to understand how to be better Stoics?Readings: Seneca on Benfits: Seneca: Natural Questions…
42: Stoic Practices
Jan 14, 2018 • 12 min
A discussion of practices that you can start doing today that will help you become more Stoic.
41: A New Year
Jan 6, 2018 • 9 min
What is Stoicism, why do people find it interesting?
Episode 40: Resolutions
Dec 31, 2017 • 8 min
Its the time of year when we all make, then break New Year’s resolutions. What are a few good Stoic resolutions and how can we stick to them?Moral Letters to Lucilius:…
Episode 39: Assent
Dec 25, 2017 • 9 min
The discipline if assent is essentially stoic mindfulness. We must be careful not to accept every impulses that we receive as fact. To do this we must keep watch over our minds so that our desires and actions may not be corrupted.Readings: The Discourses…
Episode 38: Saturnalia!!!!
Dec 17, 2017 • 6 min
December 17 was the first day of the Roman holiday of Saturnalia. Seneca tells us that Stoics have 3 options during the holidays. 1. Join the crowd and get loud and drunk. 2. Go out in the public but don’t join in. 3. Join in with moderation. Reading:…
Episode 37: The Discipline of Action
Dec 10, 2017 • 7 min
Stoicism is not about reading, or writing, it is about doing! This means living according to nature. How do we do that? By acknowledging that we are social animals and by dealing with our fellow humans with justice. Readings: The Thoughts of Marcus…
Episode 36: Persist and Resist
Dec 3, 2017 • 17 min
Epictetus broke Stoicism down into three disciplines 1. Desire 2. Action 3. Assent. On this episode we’ll introduce the three disciplines and focus in desire. If we want to live a happy life, the first thing we need to master is our desire and aversions.…
Episode 35: The Stoic Egg
Nov 26, 2017 • 15 min
Stoicism is divided into three parts 1. Logic 2. Ethics 3. Physics. Today we’ll talk about those and lay the groundwork for future discussion on the three disciplines of Epictetus. Reading:…
Episode 34: Stoic Parenting
Nov 19, 2017 • 19 min
How can a modern Stoic cope with the stress of parenting and at the same time raise children with strong character? Today we talk with Brittany about Stoic parenting. Check out her blog at
Bite-Sized Stoicism 1: Will this make me more virtuous?
Nov 14, 2017 • 2 min
When making a decision ask yourself: “Will this make me more brave, self-controlled, just or wise?” If not, is it worth doing?
Episode 33: The Stoic Fellowship with Gregory Lopez
Nov 12, 2017 • 29 min
Those learning Stoicism in ancient times would have had a mentor to help guide them along the way. Most of us who study the philosophy now don’t even know another person who is intersted… On this episode Gregory Lopez will discuss a resurgence of face to…
Episode 32: Missiles of Fortune and the Hands of Fate
Nov 5, 2017 • 19 min
We’ll explore the role of fortune and fate in Stoic philosophy and how they relate to living today. Reading 1: Moral Letters to Lucilius # 74: 2: The Enchridion #8…
Episode 31: Stoic Ghosts: The Stoic view of the afterlife
Oct 29, 2017 • 10 min
For Halloween we’ll discuss the topic of the afterlife. We’ll find that their ideas vary slightly but they predicted one of three things.1. We die when we die2. We are recycled when we die3. We live on after deathNo matter the reality, the point of the…
Episode 30: Philosphy is My Pilot
Oct 22, 2017 • 20 min
When philosophy has the pilot’s seat in your life, decision making is easy and consistent. We can focus on those natural, easy to obtain things that will lead to true happiness. Reading: On Philosophy, The Guide of Life…
Episode 29: Possessions
Oct 15, 2017 • 12 min
Thank you for listening to the Sunday Stoic Podcast! The Stoics were not complete minimalists like Cynics but they were critical about being too attached to their possessions. Readings:Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Book 9 #34…
Episode 28: Life is Not a Dance
Oct 8, 2017 • 12 min
Far too often we remember the good times and forget our struggles, we remember our goals and forget the hardships ahead. But to live according to nature is to expect reality to happen! Readings: Marcus Aurelius: Book 7 v 61…
Episode 27: Living the Good Life with William Irvine
Oct 1, 2017 • 29 min
William Irvine visits the show to discuss the practical application of Stoicism. His book A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy was my introduction to Stoicism. You can find out more about Dr. Irvine here…
Episode 25: Making A Living
Sep 17, 2017 • 19 min
In this episode of the Sunday Stoic Podcast, we’ll look at how a Stoic in the 21st century should go about making a living. The advice boils down to this: Be sure your career is an honest one and apply philosophy to whatever you do. Readings:1. The…
Episode 24: Be Your Own Philosopher
Sep 10, 2017 • 11 min
We are slowly working our way from studying philosophy, to being a philosopher. To do this we will have to get rid of the training wheels and being to rely on ourselves. We will have to stop relying on quotes from others and rely on our own knowledge of…
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Apr 2, 2017 • 0 min
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