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Stoic Meditations

Jeff Krasno offers 10 contemplations to live a fulfilled life and minimize suffering. These exercises are framed by the three central Stoic disciplines: perception, action, and will.
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Overview

The common usage of the adjective “stoic” – the unemotional endurance of hardship – belies the true nature of Stoicism, a brilliant philosophy of personal ethics founded in the 3rd century BC.

About

Jeff Krasno

Objective judgment, now at this very moment. Unselfish action, now at this very moment. Willing acceptance – now at this very moment – of all external events. That’s all you need.

INSTITUTION

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Jeff attended The Hotchkiss School and received his BA in 1993 from Columbia University. In 2008, Jeff founded Wanderlust, a series of large-scale events combining yoga, well-being and music.

In 2018, Jeff founded Commune Media, an online learning platform for personal and societal well-being. As CEO, Jeff focuses on talent relationships, business development and building a stellar team. He also hosts the Commune podcast, interviewing a wide variety of guests from Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson to Brendon Burchard and Russell Brand. Jeff was written two books: Wanderlust + Find Your True Fork.

In 2016, he was selected by Oprah Winfrey to be part of the SuperSoul100 as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs.

By This Expert

Welcome to Stoic Meditations

01: Welcome to Stoic Meditations

Welcome to Stoic Meditations, a series of contemplations designed to augment your life with enhanced powers of perception, with more gratitude, and better perspective. The exercises in this course are framed around the three critical disciplines central to Stoicism: perception, action, and will.

6 min
Day 1: Wanting What You Have

02: Day 1: Wanting What You Have

There always seems to be a gap between one’s current state and a future, imagined happiness. One way to eliminate that gap is by continually chasing things you want. But this solution provides ephemeral results. Why? There is always another conquest as the chasm of desire gapes back open.

5 min
Day 2: You Are Living A Dream

03: Day 2: You Are Living A Dream

You are living what appears to be your own unique life. So it’s only natural for you to be connected to and absorbed in your subjective conscious experience of the world. But today’s practice tears you away from your own subjectivity.

6 min
Day 3: Doing Something for the Last Time

04: Day 3: Doing Something for the Last Time

Eventually, in life, you will do something for the last time. It could be quotidian – like the last time you drive a car or make a cup of coffee. It could also be the last time you talk to a friend or parent. Doing something for the last time elicits presence: you savor the experience, and you become grateful for the miracle of life’s smallest gifts.

4 min
Day 4: Present Moment Nostalgia

05: Day 4: Present Moment Nostalgia

Typically, nostalgia is reserved for the past, a sentimental longing for a place, period, or specific event. But what if instead of melancholically reminiscing about that trip to Italy, we had nostalgia for the moment we are currently living?

5 min
Day 5: What You Can Control

06: Day 5: What You Can Control

When you feel angry, YOU are the one experiencing the discomfort. The instigator of your anger isn’t. You cannot change the past deeds of others, but you can influence the future by taking action within your own life in the present moment.

6 min
Day 6: Memento Mori

07: Day 6: Memento Mori

You’ve likely engaged in this thought experiment: What would you do if you only had six months to live? What relationships would you mend? What new experiences would you try?

4 min
Day 7: Cognitive Reappraisal – The Art of Finding Space

08: Day 7: Cognitive Reappraisal – The Art of Finding Space

In cognitive reappraisal, you find the space to rigorously examine the nature of an event prior to levying judgment or being overwhelmed by the salience of an emotion. It allows you to press the pause button on your emotional life and leverage the prefrontal cortex, the locus of rationality in the brain, as a tuning fork for the truth.

9 min
Day 8: The Willingness to Be Wrong

09: Day 8: The Willingness to Be Wrong

Your attachment should never be to your opinion; you should only crave the truth. And the truth is rarely discovered amidst the indignation you can feel when your views are challenged.

9 min
Day 9: Eat Dirt – Building Your Psychological Immune System

10: Day 9: Eat Dirt – Building Your Psychological Immune System

Stoicism celebrates the development of resilience through subjection to adversity. Exposure to insult and ridicule builds up mental resistance such that, in the face of it, one becomes indifferent.

9 min
Day 10: On Virtue

11: Day 10: On Virtue

A central tenet of Stoicism is the acknowledgment that you don’t control the world around you. You can only control how you respond. And your response to the course of human events should be guided by four primary virtues: wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. This meditation is an introductory exploration of these core Stoic virtues.

21 min
Thank You for Watching Stoic Meditations

12: Thank You for Watching Stoic Meditations

Thank you for embarking on this journey into the practices and wisdom of Stoicism.

1 min