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'Good Fortune' is dedicated to understanding, practicing, and maintaining a Stoic outlook towards life.
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Episode 16: Progress

16:12 | Apr 3rd, 2018

In this episode, Matt Van Natta addresses progress in Stoic philosophy. Questions asked and answered: How do Stoics define Progress? How does a Stoic practice the philosophy? How can we know if we're missing the point of Stoicism?
Episode 15 - Stoic Self-Care

15:28 | Aug 2nd, 2017

In this episode, Matt Van Natta addresses Stoic self-care. Questions asked and answered: What does Stoicism advise, when I've had my fill of life's stresses? How can I find personal harmony in a discordant world? Why does Stoicism recommend brief an...Show More
Extrasode 14.5 The Good Fortune Handbook

01:31 | Jul 3rd, 2017

The Good Fortune Handbook consists of the transcripts of thirteen Good Fortune podcast episodes along with additional posts of the past five years from the website, Immoderate Stoic. Whether you read it cover to cover, or use the helpful appendixes t...Show More
Episode 14 - Self-Restraint

17:41 | Jun 9th, 2017

In this episode, Matt Van Natta addresses Stoic self-restraint. Questions asked and answered: Why does Stoicism advise self-restraint? What sort of restraint is advised? Must I reign myself in forever, or can I loosen up eventually?
Episode 13 - Death and an Epitaph for Ourselves

13:25 | Apr 6th, 2017

In Episode 13 of Good Fortune I tackle death. Death is a huge topic and this podcast tends to come in at around 15 minutes, so please understand that I'll be covering only a glint of a facet of what the philosophy has to say. Also, this episode rests...Show More
Episode 12 - Frightened of Change?

17:51 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode we discuss the importance of accepting change. The discussion is meant to lay the groundwork for Episode 13 which will concern DEATH. This episode's questions: Exactly how close to nature's heart is change? So the ancient Stoics were...Show More
Episode 11 - Uprooting Fear

18:27 | Apr 6th, 2017

This episode's questions: What's the Stoic view of fear and do Stoics experience it? The Stoics say that fe.ar is all in my head but, if so, my head is really good at generating fear. What should I do about that? Outside of reigning in my imaginatio...Show More
Episode 10 - Physical Exercises

15:46 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode I look into physical exercises that can enhance Stoic practice. The ancient Stoics believed that confronting discomfort and pain was essential if one was to live the flourishing life. If anything, the modern ability to wrap ourselves ...Show More
Episode 9 - Resources

16:23 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode I recommend books and other resources that can help the stoic practitioner. I cover the ancient texts, modern books, and online resources that are available.
Episode 8 - When We Stumble

14:08 | Apr 6th, 2017

Sometimes we stumble and don't know how to get back on track. In episode 8 I ask what we can do to recover when we fail at our philosophy. This week's questions: How am I supposed to react when I screw up? How can I stop blaming myself (should I ...Show More
Extrasode 7.5 - How Stoics Treat Jerks

08:27 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this extrasode I read the post How Stoic Treat Jerks, from this blog. Another article, Citizen of the World, is mentioned in passing. How Stoics Treat Jerks bridges the concepts laid out in episode 7 and those that will come up next week in episod...Show More
Episode 7 - When People Are Obstacles

15:53 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week I cover the Stoic way to deal with challenging people. I draw from Aurelius' Meditations as we look at a how to think about our situation and as we learn to apply the Stoic Reserve Clause to our future planning.
Episode 6 - Handling Distressing News

13:16 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week I cover the Stoic way to receive bad news. We spend time in Epictetus' Discourses, Book 3, Chapter 28 and talk about the hegemonikon (ruling faculty of the mind) and Stoic indifference. I wrap up by discussing how to use the practice of Phy...Show More
Extrasode 5.5 - Stoicism and the Blues

08:30 | Apr 6th, 2017

As you'll hear in today's extrasode, I have a new job! This is a good thing (a prefered indifferent) but this week it gobbled up all my free time. That said, I did not want simply leave the week silent, so my solution is Ep. 5.5. I read a post I wrot...Show More
Episode 5 - A Stoic End to the Day

11:17 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode I review a common Stoic practice, the Evening (or Retrospective) Meditation. Beginning with the exercise itself, I later cover potential pitfalls if the exercise is misunderstood, and an alternative use that applies to parents.
Episode 4 - What We Control

13:08 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode I cover the dichotomy of control as found in chapter one of the Enchiridion. I also cover the Stoic practice called "suspension of judgment."
Episode 3 - Attention is Fundamental

10:53 | Apr 6th, 2017

In this episode I cover the importance of attention, the fundamental Stoic spiritual attitude. I also cover the Stoic practice called 'Physical Definition,' as derived from Marcus Aurelius' Meditations.
Episode 2 - A Stoic Start to the Day

14:44 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week I cover how to start the day as a Stoic. I discuss morning meditations derived from Marcus Aurelius and Seneca as well as explain the Stoic exercise called the View from Above.
Episode 1 - A Festival

13:47 | Apr 6th, 2017

Here it is, the premier episode of Good Fortune! I cover the goals of the project, explain the title choice and the raven image, and discuss the "Festival Mindset" found in Epictetus's Dialogues.