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The Zen Stoic Podcast

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Zen Stoicism is a hybrid philosophy that aims to master the two fundamental experiences of human nature: thinking and being.

The philosophies of Zen Buddhism and Stoicism have helped improve people’s lives for centuries.

Never before have they been integrated together like this to give you a practical step-by-step guide to achieve optimal performance for your own real-world success.

Each episode (besides weekly expert interviews) is purposefully designed to deliver a quick but powerful and focused lesson for you to take away each day as you begin to build your own Zen Stoic way of life.
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S1 Ep. 67 (Season Finale) Interview with Founder of The Oculus Institute: Sean Sessel
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko interview the Founder of The Oculus Institute, Sean Sessel. Sean Sessel runs The Oculus Institute which covers comprehensive personal development with a focus on helping people get clear on a career that is both fulfilling personally as well as financially rewarding. To learn more about Sean and his work, click here: https://oculusinstitute.com/ What was your biggest takeaway from this interview? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
56:43
July 17, 2020
S1 Ep. 66 Interview with Owner of Jed's Barber Shop: Jed Beal
In today's episode, Victor interviews the Owner of Jed's Barber Shop, Jed Beal.  Jed opened Jed's Barber Shop in Salt Lake City 9 years ago during the stages of the recession. The business now has 3 locations and dozens of employees- all of which are millennials. Jed specializes in branding, customer service, systems, and millennial management. To learn more about Jed's Barber Shop click here: http://www.jedsbarber.shop/  What was your favorite part of this interview? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
1:00:48
July 16, 2020
S1 Ep. 65 Interview with Comedian: Brendon Lemon
In today's episode, Victor interviews Brendon Lemon who is a Comedian, a lover of Stoicism and Zen, and author of a Stoic book called "The Stoic Salesperson." Learn more about Brendon's work here: https://www.brendonlemon.com/ and his book here: https://www.amazon.com/Stoic-Salesperson-Brendon-Lemon/dp/1735055204  What was your favorite takeaway from this interview? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
1:05:41
July 15, 2020
S1 Ep. 64 Look Within
Where and what do you look to when you feel lost or overwhelmed?  In today's episode, Nicko and Victor will be discussing a quote from Epictetus that teaches us the important lesson of looking within when we feel pulled from external forces. What was your biggest takeaway from today's lesson? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:07
July 1, 2020
S1 Ep. 63 Doing Your Part
Do you feel that helping others only matters when it's done in a big way or do you feel every action, big or small, counts?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko share a story to remind us that when we come together to do our part, every action counts.  What was your takeaway from this story? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:51
June 29, 2020
S1 Ep. 62 Interview with Guelaguetza Restaurant Partner: Bricia Lopez
Bricia Lopez is a partner at Guelaguetza Restaurant, LA’s temple for Oaxacan cuisine. She has become a staunch proponent of Oaxacan culture and an integral figure in the gastronomic culture of Los Angeles. In 2015, her restaurant was awarded the coveted American Classics award from the James Beard Award Foundation and the LA Times awarded her with the Latinos de Hoy Cultural Ambassador Award. Her and her family’s story has been featured in numerous publications including, Forbes.com, The New Yorker, LA Times, and The Ringer just to name a few. In addition to the restaurant, Bricia helped launch Mama Rabbit, the biggest and most important Tequila and Mezcal bar in Vegas inside the Park MGM. She and her siblings have launched an online shop where they sell their bottled Guelaguetza™ mole paste and their proprietary cocktail mix, I Love Micheladas™. Her book, OAXACA home cooking from the heart of Mexico launched fall 2019 and became an instant Amazon bestseller. She lives in LA with her husband and son. Click these links to learn more about Bricia and her work:  https://store.ilovemole.com https://www.ilovemicheladas.com http://supermamas.com http://moleandmore.com
1:00:40
June 27, 2020
S1 Ep. 61 Interview with Founder and CEO of InnerSpartan: René Rodriguez
In today's episode, Victor interviews René Rodriguez.  René Rodriguez is the CEO of the strategic coaching and consultancy company, InnerSpartan Media. He and his team of exceptional coaches and trainers work directly with organizations to help create high performing teams and directly with individuals who aspire to  achieve greater levels of success in their businesses and careers, relationships, and health. René helps his clients succeed by getting them to focus on their "inner game" and in developing what he calls an exponential mindset. If you enjoyed this episode and would like to hear René and Victor tackle some other subjects, he was on his podcast, InnerSpartan Unleashed, which releases this coming Monday. Go to www.InnerSpartanUnleashed.com, or wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss it.  What was your biggest takeaway from this interview? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
1:07:31
June 26, 2020
S1 Ep. 60 How to Listen to Your Own Voice
Have you tried to do something new and outside of your comfort zone but quickly got shut down by someone you care about? In today's episode, Nicko asks Victor the question "In the face of uncertainty, how do I follow through with what I know can be possible or that I can achieve?" Listen on to hear Victor's answer for this scenario! Have you taken inventory of your assets lately? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
08:02
June 26, 2020
S1 Ep. 59 The Gift of Failure
What role does failure play in your life? Is it something you welcome or shy away from?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss a quote from Robert Greene that remind us of the gifts failure can bring us.  What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:56
June 24, 2020
S1 Ep. 58 Focus On What Nature Demands
Do you see yourself separate or a part of nature?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss a quote from Marcus Aurelius that reminds us how important it is to view ourselves as a part of nature and how we can find guidance through it.  What was your biggest lesson from this episode? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:35
June 24, 2020
S1 Ep. 57 Stepping Stones
What is your strategy when it comes to meeting new challenges and endeavors? Do you run straight in because you've seen other people run in before or do you like to ask where the stepping stones are first?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be sharing a story to highlight how often we use our Egos to run into doing new things instead of asking for help or guidance.  How has this story helped you today? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:48
June 22, 2020
S1 Ep. 56 Interview with CEO and Creative Director of Anthony Vazquez Photography: Anthony Vazquez
In today's episode, Victor interviews the CEO and Creative Director of Anthony Vazquez Photography, Anthony Vazquez.  Anthony Vazquez Photography is a wedding and film production company based in New York City catering to high-end clients in the New York state and tri-state area.  Victor and Anthony discuss how to be happy, stress-free, and enjoy the simple things even when the world seems like it's falling apart.  Learn more about Anthony's work here: https://www.anthonyvazquez.com/ or @anthonyvazquezphotography
50:58
June 22, 2020
S1 Ep. 55 How to Stop Feelings or Thoughts of Regret
Do you have ruminating thoughts that prohibit you from real progress? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be answering a Dojo member's question. Giovanni's question is  "how to stop feelings and thoughts of regret and normalize thought process that immediately presents opportunity for growth? I have had multiple issues over the last few days letting things go and finding closure with small issues. It prohibits me from real progress." How has this episode helped with your thought process? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:33
June 19, 2020
S1 Ep. 54 Internal Resistance
Do you feel pulled toward your purpose but also feel an internal resistance to executing it? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss an excerpt from the book "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield that reminds us to share our gifts with the world instead of hiding it away and understand where this internal resistance is coming from.  What do you need to execute your calling? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:33
June 17, 2020
S1 Ep. 53 Adversity Gives More Than It Takes
How do you respond when you're faced with adversity and challenges?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss a quote from Epictetus that teaches us we have more to learn from adversity than it takes away from us.  Share this episode to anyone you think may need to hear this! What was your biggest takeaway? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:56
June 16, 2020
S1 Ep. 52 The Young Archer
How often are you letting your Ego lead the way?  In today's story day episode, Victor and Nicko tell the story of The Young Archer to remind us that we often need to let the Ego and the Self work in harmony to keep things in check. What was your biggest takeaway from this story? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:45
June 15, 2020
S1 Ep. 51 Black Lives Matter
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss the important topic of Black Lives Matter through a Zen Stoic lens. 
27:57
June 13, 2020
S1 Ep. 50 How to Develop Self-Control
Have you wondered how to develop self-control?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko respond to a Dojo member question! Scott asks "What does the Zen Stoic say about this? It seems I have self-control over some things but not others. Also, all virtues seem unapproachable without self-control. How does one attain the virtue of self-control?" Listen on to hear what the Zen Stoic answer is.  What did you take away from this episode? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:39
June 12, 2020
S1 Ep. 49 Embrace And Accept Your Humanity
Have you ever asked yourself "What is the point of all this? Why was I even born?"  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko are discussing an excerpt from Alan Watt's book, "The Way of Zen" which teaches us to ask instead, "who is it that is asking not to be born?" and to embrace and accept our own humanity rather than separating from it. What was your biggest lesson from this episode? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:10
June 10, 2020
S1 Ep. 48 The Characteristics of The Rational Soul Part 2
Have you listened to last weeks' episode for Part 1?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will continue discussing the remainder of "The Characteristics of The Rational Soul" derived from Marcus Aurelius' journal "Meditations" and how it will look like applied to our modern-day world. Listen on to find out what they are! How many of these apply to you? Or how many of these characteristics would you like more of? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
08:20
June 9, 2020
S1 Ep. 47 Uncontrollable Temper
What does it mean to control a temper? Is it even something for us to control or to overcome?  In today's episode, also Nicko's favorite day, Victor and Nicko will be telling a Zen story to illustrate what role temper has in our lives and how we can begin to find our inner peace by seeing it for what it really is.  What did you take away from this story? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:12
June 8, 2020
S1 Ep. 45 Self-Mastery
Have you ever wondered how to measure how much you've progressed on your self-mastery journey? Or if you've reached a level where you cannot progress any further?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be answering and discussing a client question. They asked "How do you measure the progress of self-mastery? How do I know when I have actually reached the desired level?"  The answer may not be what you expect! Listen on to find out more. Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:42
June 4, 2020
S1 Ep. 44 The Robber Procrastination
Many of us believe we aren't able to do what we want to do due to a lack of time but what better time than now?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss a quote for Epictetus and Seneca, what they teach us about procrastination, and how we can overcome this. How was this episode helped your habit? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:40
June 3, 2020
S1 Ep. 43 The Characteristics of The Rational Soul Part 1
Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher from 161 to 180. In his journal, which later was published as the book "Meditations," he reflected upon and wrote about "The Characteristics of The Rational Soul." In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be discussing these characteristics and how it will look like applied to our modern-day world. Listen on to find out what they are! How can you use these characteristics for yourself? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
07:31
June 2, 2020
S1 Ep. 42 The Zen Master
In today's story day episode, Victor and Nicko talk about the importance of showing empathy to someone that "may not deserve it" and also illustrates how powerful it is to just allow someone's voice to be heard. All it takes it that one pivotal moment where all you needed was to be heard instead of trying to express it through destructive behavior.  How has this story touched your heart today? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:07
June 1, 2020
S1 Ep. 41 Interview with Zen Stoic Micro Meditations Co-Creator: Brandon Koertge
Did you know the music in The Zen Stoic Micro Meditations are carefully designed with specific sound frequencies that enhance the outcome of the meditation? Whether the outcome is to become ready and awake or relaxed and calm. Brandon Koertge is a Musician, Audio Engineer, and the Co-Creator of the Zen Stoic Micro Meditations. In today's interview, you will learn all about his journey and expertise with music and breaking down the elements that go into each Zen Stoic Micro Meditation. The powerful combination of sound frequencies curated by Brandon along with Victor's voice guidance on top is, ultimately, what makes these micro meditations so effective in such a short period of time. Download a free 5-minute sample here: www.zenstoic.com You can find Brandon on Facebook: @brandonkoertgemusic on Instagram: @brandonkoertge or on Spotify: Brandon Koertge
20:25
May 29, 2020
S1 Ep. 40 Zen Stoic Dojo Member Question: Zen Stoicism in Schools
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko answer a question from one of our Zen Stoic Dojo members!  Principal Andrew asks "What value do you see that educators, specifically administrators of schools could have in practicing and putting into place the zen stoic ideas into schools? Which aspects of Zen Stoicism do you think could be of most value in a school?" Which aspects do you think would be valuable in a school? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
07:08
May 28, 2020
S1 Ep. 39 The Real Moon
Sometimes the road to self-improvement can be very confusing. How do we know what is truth and what is not?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be talking about one of the most common mistakes people will make on their self-improvement journey, how to bring awareness to it, and what to do with all the information instead.  What is your personal truth? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:15
May 27, 2020
S1 Ep. 38 Zen Stoic Disciplines
Do you ever find yourself procrastinating or unable to stick to new habits?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be breaking down 3 Zen Stoic principles you can use to help you create more discipline. The time is always now Do less, but do it better Memento Mori- to meditate on your own mortality Which one(s) will you begin to use today? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:44
May 26, 2020
S1 Ep. 37 The Bamboo Acrobat
Guess what day it is!? It's Nicko's favorite day! In today's episode, Victor will be telling the story of "The Bamboo Acrobat" to bring awareness to our tendencies in watching what other people are doing instead of keeping our own things in check and balance first. Are you one to plan your day around others or check-in with yourself first? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:58
May 25, 2020
S1 Ep. 36 Interview with Magician, Daniel Fernandez
In today's episode, Victor interviews celebrity magician, Daniel Fernandez. You will get to hear Daniel describe the art of his magic, what mentalism is, and Victor and Daniel's discussion on the power of your mindset.  Find out more about Daniel's work here: https://www.facebook.com/danielvfernandez/  What interesting new idea did you learn from this interview? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
44:34
May 24, 2020
S1 Ep. 35 Pure Presence
Did yesterday's episode, "How to Remedy The 5 Patterns of Sabotage," have you wondering what kind of action steps you can take for yourself?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko share exactly what you can start to add into your day to help you feel more present and to see yourself as one with nature (remedy #1.)  The Zen Stoic Micro Meditations are used by many and you can begin your journey today by downloading a free 5-minute micro meditation guided by Victor! Download yours here: www.zenstoic.com What other questions do you have for Victor and Nicko? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:20
May 22, 2020
S1 Ep. 34 How to Remedy The 5 Patterns of Sabotage
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be answering listeners' questions! Our listener, Tyler, asks "What can you do to mend your soul after damaging it from one of those five things for so long?" This question throws it back to one of our original episodes "Ep. 8 The 5 Patterns of Sabotage." Victor will be recapping the 5 patterns in which you sabotage and damage your soul in this episode, however, we encourage you to listen to episode 8 for a full refresh and context of this topic. Do you have any questions for us? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
10:56
May 21, 2020
S1 Ep. 33 The Essence of Acceptance
Many of us attach our identity and value to our hustle, ambitions, and goals. But what if we told you they do not define or validate who you are? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will talk about how goals are actually meant to help us and how embracing the process of getting there will bring you true validation.  What are your thoughts or questions about the essence of acceptance? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:51
May 20, 2020
S1 Ep. 32 Live Immediately
We've all said it... "I'll be happy when THIS happens" or "my life will be complete once I do this!" But what happens when you get there? We may find ourselves asking "now what?" Do you find this to be a pattern in your life? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be reminding us how important it is to live immediately (with a quote by Seneca) and how we can break this pattern by bringing ourselves to the present moment quickly with the power of meditation.  Are you wondering how you can introduce meditation into your day? Download our free 5-minute meditation guided by Victor here: www.zenstoic.com  Was this episode helpful for you? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:14
May 19, 2020
S1 Ep. 31 Maybe
It's Nicko's favorite day! In today's episode, Victor will be telling us the story of "Maybe." This story helps to remind us of this simple yet powerful word that captures the ebb and flow of life.  How will your life be different if you replaced the defining words of "good" and "bad" with "maybe?"  Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM
06:59
May 18, 2020
S1 Ep. 29 Unshakeable Inner Peace
Zen Stoicism is the hybrid philosophy for unshakeable inner peace. How do we create unshakeable inner peace? It is by mastering the 2 fundamental experiences of being a human: thinking and being.  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will share exactly how you can master these two fundamentals beginning with incorporating Zen Stoic Micro Meditations into your day! Start by clicking this link to download your free 5-minute guided meditation: www.zenstoic.com What did you think of the micro meditation? We would love to hear from you! Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:28
May 18, 2020
S1 Ep. 28 Question From a Zen Stoic Dojo Member
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be answering a question from a Zen Stoic Dojo member!  Have you been in interactions with people that like to complain about small insignificant things? How about with people that like to blow things out of proportion? How do you deal with this? Listen on to find out. Has this episode helped you with your own conversations? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
07:36
May 14, 2020
S1 Ep. 27 Let Go and Walk On: Embracing Change
Right now, we are faced with more change than ever. Do you spend your time looking back on what life used to be or have you let go and walked on? If not, what keeps us from walking on?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko share a quote from Alan Watts to answer this question, discuss the key elements of how we can view and manage change better, and remind us to spend more time nurturing our own melodies. What insights did you gain from this episode? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
07:10
May 13, 2020
S1 Ep. 26 The Ruler of The Soul
Are emotions good or bad? How about when uncomfortable sensations come up through your body?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will break down that they're actually neither and how to approach viewing your emotions instead to invite more curiosity than judgment. What are your emotions trying to tell you? How did this lesson support you today? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:09
May 12, 2020
S1 Ep. 25 Two Monks and The Young Woman
Have you ever been met with rudeness even when our intentions are to help the other person? We are often reminded of important lessons by retelling powerful stories. In today's story, Victor and Nicko reminds us to let go of the things that we cannot control, especially during this difficult time, and focus on what we can control.  Let us know what lessons you got from this story by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
06:19
May 12, 2020
S1 Ep. 24 Interview with President and Co-Founder of StandOut Authority: Joshua B. Lee
In this episode, Victor interviews the President and Co-Founder of StandOut Authority: Joshua B. Lee.  StandOut Authority works to bring back the humanity in Marketing via LinkedIn during the heavily automated times we live in. As people interact more and more through the digital world, Joshua's mission is to create more raw and real experiences and bring back the human touch. Find out more about StandOut Authority here: https://standoutauthority.com/ Let us know what you thought about this interview by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
46:41
May 12, 2020
S1 Ep. 23 The Best 4 Minutes of Nicko's Life
In today's episode, Nicko shares his experience and feedback on Victor's Micro Meditation.  Do you want to experience these minutes for yourself? From the great Nicko himself: "This sample is better than a Costco sample." Download your free micro meditation sample here: www.zenstoic.com Let us know what you thought of the micro meditation by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
04:18
May 11, 2020
S1 Ep. 22 Special Guest: Host of "My Zen Post-Op Life," Jonathan Duarte
In today's very special episode, we are joined by the host of "My Zen Post-Op Life" podcast, Jonathan Duarte.   Jonathan began his Zen journey after he was hit by a drunk driver head-on in 2018. He woke up in critical condition and needed 5 surgeries in a month and had to relearn how to walk again. Along this journey, Jonathan found The Zen Stoic Podcast. Today, you will hear of how Zen Stoicism has helped him with adapting and reshaping his life and how he used these principles to face the drunk driver who changed his life forever. To listen more, you can find Jonathan's podcast here: https://anchor.fm/myzenlife 
29:58
May 7, 2020
S1 Ep. 21 Zen Stoic Karma
"Oo! Karmas a bitch." Heard that before?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko peel back the layers on what karma actually is and how it works contrary to popular belief. What are your views on karma? How has this perspective helped shift your view on your place in the world?  Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v. BOOM.
05:04
May 6, 2020
S1 Ep. 20 Detaching From Dogmatic Thinking
How do you react when you hear people saying "we've just always done it this way" or "that's just how it is!"? Do you accept it right away or do you question it? Should we be questioning it?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko break down the importance of detaching yourself from dogmatic thinking especially when it no longer serves your life and how you can manage this instead. What are your thoughts on dogmatic thinking? How can this episode help you today? Let us know by leaving a comment through voice message on Anchor or search for us on Facebook at Zen Stoic or on Instagram @zenstoic_v BOOM!
08:05
May 5, 2020
S1 Ep. 19 Moving Mind
It's Nicko's favorite day! In today's episode, Victor tells the story of "Moving Mind." This story teaches us the power of perception and how understanding this can help you to begin understanding how you can manage your own thoughts and emotions.  What insights did you get from this episode? Let us know!
04:44
May 4, 2020
S1 Ep. 18 Interview with Zen Stoic Dojo Member: Larry Karnis
In today's episode, we have the special honor and treat of interviewing our very own Zen Stoic Dojo member, Larry Karnis. Victor and Larry talk about how they came about the philosophy and share their insights and wisdom found along the journey.  What was your biggest takeaway from this interview? Let us know! 
47:00
May 4, 2020
S1 Ep. 17 Tranquility of The Mind
Everyone has felt like they've needed a break and vacation from time to time. Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation from your vacation?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko talk about a key tool you can adopt to have a vacation even if you're not on a beach somewhere on Tahiti.  Does this sound like something you would like? Let us know! 
04:48
May 1, 2020
S1 Ep. 16 Zen Stoic Micro Meditations
Did you know Zen Stoic Micro Meditations are only between 1-5 minutes but packs the punch of a full meditation?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko share the power of meditation and how you can start to incorporate this practice into your day just by setting aside a few moments in any environment. Listen on to find out how this works!  What do you think about the Zen Stoic Micro Meditations? Let us know! 
07:02
April 30, 2020
S1 Ep. 15 Living at The Cause
How do we react when things don't go the way we expect it to? Do we list all the reasons why it went wrong? Or do we examine and learn from it so it doesn't happen again?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss the idea of living your life at the "effect" and at the "cause" and what that means. They will break down how you can begin to take charge of your life and influence how your path will go moving forward. Are you living at the cause or at the effect? Where would you like to be? Reach out and let us know! We love hearing from you guys.
06:14
April 29, 2020
S1 Ep. 14 Embrace Imperfection
How often are we putting others first to find we're out of energy by the time we need to take care of ourselves? Are we actually practicing what we preach? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko talk about the importance of managing your own needs and energy first before you offer your help to others so that you can truly be present with it.  What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? 
06:37
April 28, 2020
S1 Ep. 13 A Warrior in The Garden
If you were given a choice, would you be a gardener at war or a warrior in the garden? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss the Zen story "A Warrior in The Garden" and how important this mindset is to help you prepare in life. Tune in for this story! What have you learned from this episode? 
05:35
April 27, 2020
S1 Ep. 12 Interview with Academic, Athlete, and Business Owner: Carlos Rios
In today's episode, Victor is interviewing Carlos Rios who is a Philosophy graduate, a Brazillian Jiujitsu competitor, and the Founder of Ivory Business Solutions.  They will be discussing how philosophy consistently teaches us valuable lessons that are transferrable whether you are studying, competing, or running your business. There is wisdom in all concepts! Listen on to find out how Carlos uses philosophy to help him in all his endeavors.  If you would like to find out more about the Toronto based Marketing firm, Ivory Business Solutions, click here: https://ivorybusinesssolutions.com/  How has philosophy helped you in your different endeavors?
37:06
April 25, 2020
S1 Ep. 11 The 4 Virtuous States of The Soul
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko discuss "The 4 Virtuous States of The Soul" from "The Zen Stoic Path of Inner Peace" ebook. These states will allow your inner peace to flow effortlessly and naturally. Listen on to find out what they are!  Curious about the ebook? Click here to download your own free copy: https://bit.ly/3bx40BD What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? 
12:53
April 24, 2020
S1 Ep. 10 Know Your Port
"If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable" - Seneca In today's episode, Victor and Nicko talk about the importance of having a direction or focus on what you're doing so that you're not aimlessly pushing forward to find you're not "getting any closer." Victor shares a story of one of his clients' success after applying focus on the outcome she was able to communicate the real collective goal during a meeting with The Senate. Have you ever experienced working tirelessly to find out you're not making progress that you want? How have you corrected it to get back on track?
08:56
April 23, 2020
S1 Ep. 9 The Function Of Philosophy
What is the function of philosophy? Have you ever met someone that believes they're "above" or "better than" others because they're a very philosophical or spiritual person?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be unpacking the function of philosophy through the Zen Stoic lens, what spiritual egotism means, and how we can stay true to our human nature instead. If you would like to learn more, download your free copy of The Zen Stoic Path of Inner Peace here: https://bit.ly/3bx40BD Look for us on Instagram @zenstoic_v or on Facebook at Zen Stoic.  Let us know if you have ever encountered people with this outlook or perhaps even yourself. What have you learned from this episode?
07:15
April 22, 2020
S1 Ep. 8 How Sharp Is Your Axe?
How often do we find ourselves working super hard and exhausting every ounce of energy but do not see any noticeable results? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko talk about something that we all do from time to time- burning out. Through the Zen Stoic principle of sharpening our vessel, our mind, and body, this can easily be resolved by redirecting our focus on the tools and resources we have. Tune in and let us know if you've been sharpening your axe! 
08:37
April 21, 2020
S1 Ep. 7 Zen Koan: What Is The Sound of One Hand Clapping?
What is the sound of one hand clapping? Can you hear the sound? How much time do you think we spend trying to solve these kinds of riddles? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko talk about the purpose of a Zen koan and how it can enlighten us on how we all fall into rabbit holes trying to solve a riddle that doesn't exist in reality. So, how we can redirect our focus instead? Tune in and let us know what you learned from this koan! 
06:43
April 20, 2020
S1 Ep. 6 Interview with The Growth Strategist For Men In Business: Purdeep Sangha
In today's episode, Victor and Purdeep have a powerful and insightful conversation about science and spirituality, what it means to be a "Mindful Alpha," how Purdeep became The Growth Strategist for Men in Business, and how he helps other men become more present in their lives with their spouse and children. You won't want to miss this interview!  You can find Purdeep here: https://purdeepsangha.com/ to check out his podcast and more information on how he is helping other business professionals in achieving a balance between their business and family time.
48:01
April 19, 2020
S1 Ep. 5 Zen Stoic Path of Inner Peace: Practice Compassion and Kindness
Have you ever felt a conversation come to a complete halt because one person was being judgmental?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be talking about the importance of practicing compassion and kindness even when you may feel it is "undeserving."  This is one of the 10 practices discussed in "The Zen Stoic Path of Inner Peace" which can be downloaded for free here: https://bit.ly/34KGkHh 
09:56
April 17, 2020
S1 Ep. 4 Compassion and Boundaries
Many people believe that sometimes when we say "no" it makes us look or sound unkind, unhelpful, or rude. Then we find ourselves in unwanted situations or unfair exchanges where one person is getting the better end of the bargain. How can we remedy this? In today's episode, Victor and Nicko share a story and how you can maintain your kindness and compassion while setting boundaries. Tune in to hear this valuable lesson! 
07:39
April 16, 2020
S1. Ep. 3 The Antidote to Rudeness
Have you ever encountered someone that is just downright rude? How have you counteracted that kind of behavior and how can you make sure their actions don't impact the rest of your day?  In today's episode, Victor and Nicko will be discussing the antidote to rudeness and how you can take this with you the next time someone decides to be nasty.  Listen on!
11:23
April 15, 2020
S1 Ep. 2 A Blind Man With A Lattern
What good is a lantern to a blind man for his walk home?  In today's episode, we will be discussing how something we perceive as helpful to another, could turn out to be a setback to their growth. We will be exploring what it means to utilize your perceived "weakness" as your greatest strength and whether or not those loud judging voices in our heads actually belong to our true self. What can we do to strengthen our intuitive voice? Listen on and find out how you can discover your own truth.
09:48
April 14, 2020
S1 Ep. 1 Welcome (Back!)
Victor and Nicko are back in the house! Kicking off a new season with a refresher on “What is Zen Stoicism?”  It has evolved since our very first episode so we will be breaking down the foundations of this hybrid philosophy into digestible nuggets so you can take them with you to use right away. Tune in and find out how this philosophy can help you tap into your true nature and intuition to use every single day.  This is for everyone but especially if you’re a busy creative or business owner! 
15:44
April 13, 2020
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 121 Kill The Buddha
What does it mean when a Zen master says 'Kill the buddha'?
05:20
July 22, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 120 Interview With The Latina Career Coach: Michelle Gomez
In today's episode, Victor will be interviewing The Latina Career Coach, Michelle Gomez. Her bio:  Michelle Gomez, The Latina Career Coach, is an accomplished corporate sales professional with over two decades of riding the waves of the corporate structure as a first-generation Latina-American. The first in her family to graduate from college, she has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a certification in Broadcast Journalism. Throughout her career, Michelle has been an advocate for women in the workforce; leading the charge in speaking forums, business articles and networking events. Michelle has personally mentored and coached dozens of men and women toward achieving their academic and career goals. Through resume reviews, mock interviews, and focus on presentation, she has helped dozens of men and women prepare and position themselves as strong candidates for the career or role they desire. Michelle has also advocated for a healthy work/life balance through her blog posts, providing insight on practical methods for creating balance and wellness in daily pursuits. You can find her here at www.michellemgomez.com
46:05
July 22, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 119 What Does Self-Love Actually Mean?
In today's episode, Victor will be breaking down what self-love means through a zen stoic lens and how you can better utilize this to improve the quality of your day. Listen on! 
08:32
July 19, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 118 Liberation From Life Long Shackles
In today's episode, we are sharing a powerful story from one of our Dojo members, Rob. Through listening to the podcast and working through the training videos and ebook, Rob has been able to release a limiting belief that has been holding him back since he was a kid. Listen on to hear his giant win and his new beginning free from old shackles! 
05:50
July 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 117 The Performer's Paradox
In today's episode, we will be discussing a quote from Plato "Wise men speak when they have something to say, fools speak when they HAVE to say something." How often do you find people just saying things just to say things? Victor will break down why this is and how to handle it. Listen on!
10:38
July 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 116 "Nothing" Is An Action
A lot of times not saying anything or doing anything counts as an action. In today's episode, we will be talking about how we commit injustice to ourselves and to others by not taking action on what we know is right. Listen on! 
05:11
July 17, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 115 The Gordian Knot
In this episode of the Zen Stoic Podcast, we dive into a story of Alexander The Great and The Gordian Knot! This simple, yet powerful story will be sure to challenge your assumptions and think differently about the way you’re solving any of your cure challenges!
05:48
July 16, 2019
Update! 2-Week Break
A quick update from Victor and Nicko! 
03:22
July 4, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 114 Interview With Entrepreneur: Braedy MacKenzie
In today's episode, I am interviewing my best friend and self-made entrepreneur, Braedy MacKenzie. Despite hardships from being born with cerebral palsy and diagnosed with learning disabilities, he was able to find his success and tranquility. We will be talking about the difference between pursuing pleasure and tranquillity. Don't miss this episode! 
38:46
June 30, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 109 Know Your Port
In today's episode, we will be discussing the importance of knowing which port you're trying to sail your boat into! 
06:34
June 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 108 Zen Stoic Path To Inner Peace Ebook Announcement!
In today's episode, we are sharing exciting news!! Don't miss this episode! 
06:15
June 21, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 107 Holding On
In today’s episode, we talk about how we hold onto beliefs so much that it prohibits our growth. This person was able to let go of all that in one session.
09:40
June 21, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 106 Where Does Your Ambition Come From?
In today's episode, we will be discussing the topic of attachment and explaining the difference between having an ambition that comes from a place of scarcity and sincerity. Don't miss this episode!
08:20
June 21, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 105 Genius With Brendon Lemon
In today's episode, we have special guest Brendon Lemon back to share some insight on the genius self with us!
06:00
June 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 104 Everything Changes
In today's episode, we will be sharing a Zen story that helps us to understand Zen in a simple manner and helps us to cope with a world that is constantly changing. 
06:17
June 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 103 Interview With Stand-Up Comedian: Brendon Lemon
In today's episode, we will be interviewing stand-up comedian Brendon Lemon who is also a proponent of Zen and Stoic philosophy. Don't miss this episode! 
38:55
June 16, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 102 Each Day Is A Masterpiece
In this episode, we will be sharing one of the core principles of Zen Stoicism which is "to live in the present moment with an appreciation of a potential future." This will also be talked about in the guide "Zen Stoic Path To Inner Peace." It will soon be available in our Facebook group "The Zen Stoic Dojo" so don't forget to join and gain access to this guide! 
05:20
June 15, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 101 Surrender To Your Intuition
Do you ever want to make a change, yet feel resistant to the change simultaneously? In this episode we discuss the power tapping into your intuition and going head first into what you feel the most resistance with, in order to make the changes you want!
05:42
June 13, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 100!! Who Is In Your Circle?
In today's 100th episode, we will be discussing the topic of toxic people and how you're managing your circle to maintain quality. Don't miss this episode! 
05:53
June 12, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 99 The Zen Stoic View On Self-Awareness
In today's episode, we will be discussing the topic of self-awareness through a Zen Stoic lens. Don't miss this episode! 
05:51
June 11, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 98 Zen Story: The Moon Cannot Be Stolen
In today's episode, we are sharing a Zen story that reminds us that there is more to life than material things and to be careful not to let these things become attached to our identify and worth. Don't miss this episode!
05:32
June 10, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 96 The Zen Stoic Path To Inner Peace
In today's episode, we will be discussing a highly requested topic which is the question "How do I achieve inner peace?" Listen on to find out what special treat Victor has in store for you and his answer to this question. Don't miss this episode! 
05:46
June 7, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 95 Interview With A Very Special Guest And Dojo Member: Geoff Spakes
In today's episode, we're doing something different and new. We're interviewing one of our very own Zen Stoic Dojo members, Geoff Spakes! Don't miss this amazing interview!
35:26
June 7, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 94 Zen Stoic Passion
In today's episode, we will be discussing the topic of passion and the many roles it plays it our lives for the good and the bad. Don't miss this episode!
06:58
June 6, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 93 Amor Fati
In today's episode, we will be discussing a quote from Epictetus that teaches us to wish for things the way they are rather than to wish they were different. Listen on to hear more about what this means! 
06:34
June 4, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 92 Zen Story: Wash Your Bowl
In this episode, we will be sharing a Zen story called "Wash Your Bowl" that will be teaching us about bringing ourselves back down to earth when our heads are in the clouds and finishing our processes from beginning to end. Don't miss this episode!
06:13
June 3, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 91 Interview with Daydream Founder: Alex Sim
In this episode, we will be interviewing the Founder of Daydream which is Canada's first sparkling water infused with hemp extracts. Stay tuned for this episode!
46:41
June 2, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 90 Zen Story: It Will Pass
In this episode, we're sharing another Zen story- yes, twice this week woo! If you've been feeling a bit stuck these days, this episode will remind you that "it will pass" and keep on going on! Don't miss this episode! 
04:43
May 31, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 89 Curb Your Desire
In this episode, we will be discussing the power of perception and how to manage your own to see more abundance in your life. Don't miss this episode!
06:16
May 31, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 88 Wait, Who Do You Love More?
In this episode, we're going to explore the topic of self-love.  Many times we make decisions because we value something and it drives us. So, what drives your behavior? Don't miss this episode! 
04:48
May 29, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 87 Thinking Challenge!
In this episode, our dear friend Lowell Gelin is back on the podcast! We will be discussing one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s quotes and how it applies to us today.  Don't miss this episode!
09:24
May 28, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 86 Zen Story: Be The Boss
In this episode, we're going to be sharing another Zen story that will give us a lesson about our day-to-day lives. Is the horse guiding you or are you guiding the horse? Don't miss this episode!
06:56
May 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 85 Interview With Brazillian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt: Professor Dan Moroney
In today's episode, we will be interviewing Professor Dan Moroney who is a 4th degree black belt in Brazillian Jiu-jitsu. We will be talking about how a lot of Zen and Stoic elements are practiced in Jiu-jitsu. Don't miss this episode! 
36:16
May 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 84 Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules For Life
In today's episode, we will be discussing 2 extremely helpful rules from Jordan Peterson's 12 rules for life outlined in his book "12 Rules for Life." Don't miss this episode!
07:24
May 26, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 83 The Power Of Identity
In this episode, we are sharing a story about the power of identity and what happens when you change the filter of how you view yourself and your life. Don't miss this episode! 
07:15
May 24, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 82 Being Owned By The Things You Own
In this episode, we will be discussing how to detach yourself from the things you own so they don't end up owning you! Don't miss this episode. 
10:17
May 23, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 81 What's Your Return?
We always talk about a "return on investment" but how about "return on experience?" In this episode, we will be discussing how to differentiate between goals with tangible value vs. goals with emotional value. Listen on to find out these distinctions! 
08:22
May 21, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 80 Zen Story: "The More I Train"
In this episode, we are sharing a Zen story called "The More I Train." Just because you train more does not mean you have the correct mindset to master the skill. We will be discussing the importance of enjoying the process and letting go of your attachment to the outcome. Don't miss this episode! 
07:29
May 20, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 79 Interview With Empower Mag Founder: Ally Salama
In today's episode, we will be interviewing the Founder of Empower Mag which is the first ever mental health magazine in the Middle East! You can find Ally on Instagram @allysalama and check out his magazine at www.empower-mag.com. Don't miss this very special interview!
28:04
May 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 78 Be The Source Of Your Experience
In this episode, we're talking about the powerful habit of being the source of your own experience. Most of the time, life is challenging because of our opinions and feelings about it but what if we shifted it into love and kindness? Don't miss this episode! 
05:56
May 17, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 77 Problems: Solving Vs. Understanding
Have you ever been told "I don't need you to fix it! I just want you to listen!!"? In this episode, we're going to discuss the importance of acknowledging all humans have both masculine AND feminine energy and they both look at problems differently. One likes to solve and the other likes to understand which means communicating this will look and sound different. Don't miss this episode! 
08:09
May 17, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 76 The Words You Speak Builds Your House
In this episode, we will be discussing the importance of being mindful of our daily choice of words. Whether they are positive or negative words, they impact our environment and internal worlds. Let's build a strong foundation for our house to sit on! 
07:22
May 16, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 75 Acting On Your Words
In this episode, we will be discussing the importance of taking action on all the information that you have in order to make changes. 
04:39
May 15, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 74 The Happiness Formula
Are you guilty of ever thinking "I'll be soo happy once I get this new [fill in the blank] or be in [vacation destination]"? Well don't worry, you're not the only one. We've been given this happiness formula all our lives. Unfortunately, this formula is incomplete because it doesn't really tell you what happiness truly is. Well, the truth is, happiness is all about creating meaning in your process and we're going to break this down for you in this episode! 
07:27
May 13, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 73 Interview With Special Guest: Lowell Gelin
In today's episode, I am interviewing my dear friend and also my mechanic: Lowell Gelin. Whenever I visit Lowell for any car service, even if it's a quick  15-minute fix, we always find ourselves in deep philosophical conversation. I am honored to have him on this episode. 
44:47
May 11, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 72 Asking For Help When You Need It
In today's episode, we're going to bring this awesome H word back in style. As we get older, it seems we have forgotten that sometimes we need help. We've romanticized the idea of being fully independent and that we can do it all on our own. Well, with the help from a Marcus Aurelius quote, he reminds us that it is at our very core and nature to help and be there for one another. Listen on, massive! 
06:12
May 10, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 71 The Power Of Clarity
Are you someone who has a packed scheduled yet feels like you're not really "doing" anything? Do you purposefully wear your "busyness" as your badge of honor? In this episode, we will discuss the importance of finding clarity and direction because if we don't know where we're going, no matter which direction we put our sails, no wind is favorable. 
07:02
May 10, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 70 Demanding Your Best Self
In today's episode, we're basically going to call out some bullsh*t as to why you still haven't demanded the best from yourself and show up fully to each situation. We hope you're ready for some real talk because you will not look at your day the same after this episode. Listen on! 
07:04
May 8, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep.69 Range Vs. Depth
In this episode, we will be taking a deeper dive into the difference between having a range of experience and depth of experience. Are you someone that tends to multitask or have many opened projects at once? This is a good episode for you to find exactly if these are good habits to keep or update! 
06:29
May 8, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 68 Zion Documentary Review
In today's episode, Victor and Nicko review an inspiring documentary called "Zion" and discuss their takeaways through a Zen Stoic lens. Don't miss this episode! 
05:40
May 6, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 67 Interview With Neurostrategic Coaching Institute Coach: Mario A. Garcia
Last week, we had Dr. Mario Garcia as our guest and on today's episode, we have his son and business partner at the Neurostrategic Coaching Institute, Coach Mario A. Garcia! He is at the forefront of training coaches at a high standard for the past 5 years. Today, he will be teaching the idea of perception is projection and give us insight as to why people behave in the way that they do. Don't miss this episode! 
27:19
May 6, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 66 Seeing Your Original Self
We love hearing from our listeners! In this episode, we will be talking about a topic that has been submitted by one of our Zen Stoic Dojo members.
05:14
May 3, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 65 From Burn Out To Full Zen Stoic
In this episode, we are sharing a true story of one of Victor's clients. When he first came to Victor, he already hit rock-bottom and had nothing else to lose. A year later, he wrote a touching and sentimental testimonial to Victor about all the ways Zen and Stoicism helped him transform his life into his best yet. Listen on for this inspiring story! 
08:15
May 2, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 64 How Are You Managing Your Time?
The amount of time we have in a day is fixed, however, the way we manage it is not! In this episode, we will be covering a very important topic about managing our time to essentially gain more time in our daily routines and accomplish more of the things we have set out to do. Don't miss this episode! 
09:09
May 1, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 63 Euthymia
We all experience the feeling of doubt and uncertainty of which path to take next. Naturally, we look for guidance from others we perceive as on the right path. In today's episode, we will be sharing and discussing one of Seneca's quotes that teach us to forget those other paths and trust in ourselves. Don't miss this episode!
07:50
April 30, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 62 Emptying Your Cup
Do you keep your cup empty or full? Well, in today’s episode, we are sharing a Zen story that will highlight the importance of keeping your cup empty AND full.
06:26
April 29, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep.61 Interview With Neurostrategic Coaching Institute CEO: Dr. Mario Garcia
Dr. Mario Garcia is the gold standard when it comes to training professional coaches and leadership development. Many of the principles he discusses are very aligned in Zen Stoicism and even enhance the application of the philosophy. He’s been in the coaching world since 1992 and today he walks us through what he has learned in the last 3 decades.
17:45
April 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 60 We Are Made For One Another
In this episode, we will explore the habit of stereotyping and how we tend to prejudge someone’s behavior because it feels easier to do that than to get to know them. We will be sharing how you can catch these tendencies and break this habit. Don’t miss this episode!
07:48
April 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 59 The 3 Voices Of Communication
In this episode, Victor shares a simple yet profound lesson about communication. We all communicate in more than 1 voice and he will be breaking down the 3 different voices which have very different functions. This is a super useful tool that can help you improve your own way of communication and problem-solving immensely. Don’t miss this episode! 
13:10
April 25, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 58 Change Is The Only Constant
In this episode, Victor and Nicko discuss the topic of change. We know that change is the only constant, however, how you perceive and manage the change will impact the outcome entirely. Victor will break down the best ways to handle change in your own life through a Zen Stoic lens. Don’t miss this episode! 
07:46
April 24, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 57 The Power Of Journaling For Self-Reflection With Steve Ellis
Journaling has been a cornerstone of Stoic philosophy and practice for centuries. Today, our friend Steve is back as our guest to discuss his habits with journaling and how it has tremendously helped his own growth and journey. 
09:05
April 23, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 56 Saying "Yes" To Yourself
We have all approached a fork in our paths and needed to make a decision whether to move forward or not and in which direction. In this episode, Victor tells his own story of approaching this fork, making his decision, and shares with us how he handled the entire situation to make sure he is saying "yes" to himself. Don't miss this episode!
09:59
April 22, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 55 We’re Human Beings Not Human Doings With Special Guest: Steve Ellis
In this episode, we have a very special guest and close friend joining us, Steve Ellis! He is a Wall Street professional in New York which is THE financial epicenter of the world. We will be having an in-depth conversation about the hustle culture, the impacts of looking for outside validation, and ultimately the lessons learned through a Stoic lens. Don’t miss this episode!
29:34
April 20, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 54 Overcoming Conflict Between Your External And Internal World
It seems like auto-pilot for us to look to the outside world for validation and to tell us “we’re enough” but what if these opinions and comments do not serve our mission? In this episode, we will be discussing how we can overcome this habit of relying on the outside world, become our own voice, and dissolve the conflicting feeling we experience. Don’t miss this episode!
08:39
April 19, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 53 Balancing Success And Happiness
In this episode, we will be sharing a real story about the struggle of striking a balance between success and happiness. If this situation resonates with you, listen on! We will be sharing how you can overcome this challenge in your own life. 
09:02
April 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 52 Clearing Out The Pebbles In Your Life
Are you setting goals for yourself but can’t seem to finish them? In this episode, we explore one of the major reasons why we can’t seem to finish the task we started, the concept of decluttering, and creating space in your life to achieve your state of zen. Don’t miss this episode!
06:53
April 17, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 51 What Philosophy Promises
We have all once read a quote or learned something for the first time and thought “Oh, I got this. I completely understand!” In this episode, we discuss how much you master an idea by being exposed once and what philosophy promises to your life. Don’t miss this episode!
08:01
April 16, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 50 Less Is More
We are constantly blasted with so much noise and distractions on all different social media platforms making us feel scattered, unfocused, and even unaccomplished. In this episode we explore this topic, the ‘highlights reel’ as Nicko refers to it, and how we can redirect our focus back onto ourselves and actually achieve more by focusing on less. Don’t miss this episode! 
07:34
April 15, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 33 The Difference Between Sympathy And Compassion
One of the common aspects that is shared between Zen Buddhism and Stoic philosophy is the concept of compassion for our fellow human beings. Now, it's really important understand the difference between compassion and sympathy. We'll be going through with the difference between the 2 and how we sometimes actually get them mixed up.  Despite our best intentions, we actually do more damage than good.  Don't miss this episode of the Zen Stoic Podcast!
07:50
April 13, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 49 Interview With GuerrillaZen Fitness And Potentia Wellness CEO: Blake Bowman
In this episode, we will be interviewing CEO of GuerrillaZen Fitness and Potentia Wellness, Blake Bowman. He will be sharing deep insights on how the environment around us can greatly impact our physical and mental health, especially the invisible one. Don't miss this episode! 
31:09
April 13, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 48 Duality: Mind Your Environment
In this episode, we dive deeper into how we can bring ourselves into the present moment to achieve more mental wellness in our day. To begin, it is important to recognize that we live in a world of dualities. We will be discussing what this means and how we can easily improve our environment to make it easier for us to achieve this state. Don’t miss this refreshing episode to find out how!
08:43
April 12, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 47 Facing Your Emotions Head On
We will be discussing what happens when you have to face your emotions head on because you can't go back to your old ways of coping with them. In this episode, we will be telling a story about a bodybuilder who had a competition last year but got injured right before the competition day and wasn't able to compete. This motivated him to come back even stronger and compete this year only to receive horrible news he was unprepared for 4 weeks out. Listen to find out how he turned it all around. Don't miss this episode!
07:46
April 11, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 46 The Difference Between Being Direct And Blunt
When we communicate with others it is really important to deliver our message clearly. Well, many times our message becomes lost because we’re not in the right emotional state to deliver that message and often times, even though we want to be truthful, we end up just being blunt. By being blunt our message is not delivered across the way that we want it to. So in this episode, we're going to be discussing the difference between being direct and being blunt with your communication and how you can increase the effectiveness of your communication by being direct instead. Don't miss this episode! 
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April 10, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 45 Marcus Aurelius: How To Act
A lot of the time our stress comes from valuing others' opinions over our own and relying on their opinions in order to validate ourselves. So often this creates confusion when it comes to how we should show up or how we present ourselves in the world around us. However, it is more important to be able to stand on our own 2 feet and have our own personal code of conduct so that we're not relying on the opinions of others to conduct ourselves in the world. So in this episode, we're going to be going through Marcus Aurelius’ wisdom on how to act and how to carry yourself. Don't miss this episode! 
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April 9, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 44 The True Mark Of Adulthood
Have you ever felt like the wisest person in the room? A lot of times adulthood has nothing to do with a person's chronological age. Today, we will explore what the true mark of adulthood happens and what it means. Don't miss this episode! 
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April 8, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 43 Interview With The Oculus Institute CEO: Sean Sessel
Sean Sessel is the CEO of The Oculus Institute. He is an expert in helping people escape burnout jobs and work with them to craft careers that they love. He will be sharing with us the different categories of stress and how to deal with each of them. Don't miss this episode! 
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April 6, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 42 A Beginner's Mind
Often times when we spend too much time in our comfort zone or become too familiar with our surroundings, we end up adopting this idea that we don't need to continue learning. The problem is when we stop learning, we stop growing. So what we want to do is have what is called a “beginner’s mind” - the ability to empty our cup and take in new information and new lessons. We're going to be talking about this idea of "Zen mind, beginner’s mind" so that you're able to be fulfilled in your life by continuously learning and progressing. Don't miss this episode!
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April 5, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 40 Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Positivity?
The self-help industry has been teaching millions of people over the years this idea of positive thinking. Positive thinking can be incredibly powerful and beneficial to those who practice it. However, is there such a thing as too much positive thinking? We're going to be exploring that question because sometimes when we are too positive or too attached the idea of positivity, it can actually come off as inauthentic. Don't miss this episode!
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April 4, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 39 Principle > Passion
One of my favorite childhood movies is the “Karate Kid” and in honor of the new “Cobra Kai” season that’s coming up, we're going to be discussing some Mr. Miyagi wisdom. Many people don't realize that a lot of what he said in that movie to teach Danielsan is very much aligned with Zen and Stoic philosophy. Don’t miss this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast.
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April 2, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 38 "If You Are Always Giving, You Will Always Have"
In this episode, we're going to be discussing the Chinese proverb "If you are always giving, then you will always have." I will be telling the story of how a homeless man named Paul taught me one of the greatest lessons of my life. 
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April 1, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 37 Zen Story Of "Maybe" With Psychology Hacker CEO Adam Lyons
In this episode, I'm going to be interviewing the CEO of Psychology Hacker and author of the book “Brain Hacking”- Adam Lyons. Adam is a personal friend of mine and my mentor in life and business. We will be going through exactly his method on how to kill the negative voice inside your head. Adam will also be sharing his favorite Zen story- the story of “Maybe.” You're not going to want to miss this episode. It will absolutely change the way that you look at your whole life.
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March 24, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 36 Are You A Worrier Or Warrior?
There's a great quote that says “A coward dies 1000 deaths and a courageous man only once” Now, the reason why that quote is incredibly important because it shows the difference between people who are worriers versus people who are warriors. In this episode, we're going to talk about the mentality that you need to shift in order to become a warrior, if you are in the mindset of a worrier. We all have a tendency to go here sometimes especially when we're overwhelmed or when we're stressed. Don't miss this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast where we're going to talk about how to transition to the warrior.
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March 22, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 35 Compassion: Kidnapped At Gunpoint
Early on in my professional coaching career, I received a phone call that I was not expecting nor was I trained to deal with. But I had my client on the other end who needed my help so I had to do something quick. Now, in this particular coaching session, he told me he wasn't able to move forward in his business because of a fear he had from a traumatic memory in his past where he was kidnapped and held a gun point. In this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast, we're going to be talking about, in detail, exactly what happened during that call and how he turned it all around and how he overcame the most traumatic memory of his life. Don't miss this episode!
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March 21, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 34 How To Spot Weakness
One of the biggest problems that we have in this world is the demonization of each other. We generalize each other and label each other simply based on surface behavior. But the interesting thing is, and the questions that nobody asks, what is really going on inside the heads of people who are expressing undesirable behavior? Things like arrogance, cruelty, and just being plain mean. What we fail to realize is these are all traits of weakness although they may come off as an expression of strength. But we never really think about that they're coming from a place of pain, a place of weakness in character. And so part of the way that we can help other people when they're expressing those kinds of behavior is to show compassion. In this episode with Zen Stoic podcast, we talk about how to spot the weakness in others and how to deal with it when you see it. You're not gonna want to miss this one.
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March 20, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 32 Understanding The Self
“To study Zen is to study the self and to study the self is to forget the self." That is a quote from Dogen Zenji one of Japan's great Zen masters. But how do we forget the self? We need to first understand exactly how it is that we create the self. The self is nothing but a collection of thought about ourselves. So, in this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast, we're going to be discussing what is the lucid self as it is discussed in the book “The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer and also how you can apply this in a way that you can understand how to control the voice and the thoughts in your head. Don't miss this episode!
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March 19, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 31 Owning Your Why
Stoic philosophy discusses the importance of having an aim and purpose in all that you do. In this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast, we're gonna be talking about filmmaker Guy Ritchie’s personal philosophy and what it means to own the reasons why you're doing everything that you're doing instead of blindly following convention. You're not gonna wanna miss this episode.
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March 16, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 29 Receiving A Suicide Call
A lot of us have been given the advice to make the money that we want and create the lifestyle we want, then we’ll be happy. But what happens when you have somebody who is not only made all the money that they wanted but created the lifestyle that they once upon a time dreamt about and yet still feels depressed? So depressed that they even consider ending their own life. Well, one morning I got that phone call from a dear friend who was considering ending his own life.  Somebody who had made more money than he knew what to do with and was living the lifestyle that he intended for himself throughout his whole life. In this episode of the Zen Stoic podcast, we're gonna be talking about exactly how that conversation went and what we did to turn them around. So you're not gonna want to miss this episode.
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March 15, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 25 Stoicism Interview With YouTuber Andrew Kirby
Andrew Kirby is from the UK and has a YouTube channel with over 20k subscribers and 300+ videos on Stoicism.
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March 9, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 16 When Your Ambitions Are Discouraged By Your Loved Ones
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February 27, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 15 How To Have A Zen Mind
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February 26, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 14 Channeling Pain Into Greatness
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February 25, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 13 Conquering Your Own Emotions
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February 23, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 12 Procrastination As A Tool
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February 23, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 11 You Are Not A Tree
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February 22, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 10 How To Have More Time
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February 20, 2019
The Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 9 Comparison Is The Thief of Joy
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February 19, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 8 The 5 Patterns of Sabotage
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February 18, 2019
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 7 Looking At Adversity
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October 22, 2018
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 6 Fall In Love With The Process
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October 16, 2018
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 5 Momento Mori
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October 8, 2018
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 4 The Importance of Letting Go
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October 1, 2018
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 3 Self-Blame Is Not Self-Discipline
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September 19, 2018
Zen Stoic Podcast Ep. 1 Introduction To Zen Stoicism
This episode is an introduction to Zen Stoicism. We have changed the format of how this podcast is delivered by making the content more Zen and Stoic specific as well as creating bite sized daily episodes instead of long form conversation. Each daily episode will give you a single lesson to take with you for the day. Upgrade your morning routine, get your afternoon back on track, or wind down your evening with some practical wisdom that will help you to create mental wellness and vitality in your personal and professional life.
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August 24, 2018