Words cannot express the exhilaration of going to India and doing a TEDx talk
in Odisha, India. So, I just thought that I would bring you along, on a very
short "virtual trip" with me to India and to my TEDtalk;
See some of the sights and sounds of "Incredible India" where
I had the honor of being invited to give a TEDxtalk on
" OVERCOMING FRUSTRATION, ANXIETY & ANGER THROUGH
THE 3 GOLDEN PRINCIPLES OF GREEK PHILOSOPHY"
Many years ago, when I was a learning yoga, I longed to go to India,
but I couldn't afford the long trip, my wish came true, when
the International Management Institute of Bhubaneswar invited me.
The trip surpassed my expectations, mainly because of the
incredibly welcoming people who received me there.
I made the video short and sweet, and I hope it inspires you to
visit India one day soon too!
“Most excellent men, are you not ashamed to care for the acquisition of wealth and for reputation and honor, when you neither care nor take thought for wisdom and truth in the perfection of your soul... ” - Socrates (The Apology, Plato 399 BC)
All human beings naturally strive after happiness, thought Socrates,
for the pursuit of happiness (Eudaimonia) is the greatest goal in our life.
And everything we do, we do because we think it will make us happy.
We therefore label what we think will bring us happiness as ‘good’.
And those things we think will bring us suffering and pain we label as ‘bad’.
So it follows, that if we have a mistaken conception of what is good, then we
will spend our lives frantically chasing after things that will not bring us
happiness, even if we attain them.
Socrates has been proven right after all, by modern science:
Scientific surveys in many countries over decades proved that most
blue-collar working people are just as happy as rich people, and
teenagers from working class families describe themselves as
happier than teenagers from affluent families.
The point here is that obtaining wealth and power are fine but are
not ends in themselves. We must also satisfy our soul, which
seeks love, connection, contribution, harmony in order to be truly fulfilled.
That may seem obvious, but how many of us have
lost track of... What is really valuable and good for us, in our pursuit for the stars?
How do you feel about this?
Share your comments!
"The quality of your life depends on the
quality of your thoughts...." as Marcus Aurelius taught...
And the quality of these videos
depend on the quality of your patronship ! ; ) THANKS
Self-Leadership means having: A developed sense of who you are, where you’re going, and what you want, as well as... The ability to formulate a strategy and influence and inspire yourself and others to follow it through.
Self-Leadership is probably the most important skill you can ever develop as a person and as a professional. And as you see, it’s quite complicated. WATCH VIDEO.
The importance of self-leadership, has been taught since the beginning of history, when the ancient Greek sages recited The Odyssey, the story of King Odysseus setting out on a journey to return to his homeland after the end of the Trojan war.
He famously faces countless dangers and hardship - monsters like the Cyclops, the Scylla and Charybdis, enchantresses like Queen Circe and the Sirens, but he never loses hope or focus, no matter how big the obstacles, because he knows what he wants. He wants to return home to his wife and family.
To his kingdom. It doesn’t matter that the gods, the winds and the sea are all against him. He conquers his demons, adapting to changes, keeping his course, fighting through storms and monsters, to the very end, because his goal is clear, virtuous and heartfelt, and it gives him the strength and purpose he needs.
“The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.” - Plato
Watch today's VIDEO (above) episode where I share with you part of my speech at Stoicon Athens !
It was featured in The Sunday Times Magazine...
WhY the sunday times wrote THAT silicon valley c.e.o.S love stoicism, and how I got featured in it...
The SUNDAY TIMES (Dec. 8, 2019) recently published an article about "Stoicon Conference of Athens" explaining how Silicon Valley CEO's are turning to Modern Stoicism for wisdom and strength. Here is how it begins...
"About 2,300 years ago a successful businessman suffered a reversal of fortune over which he had no control. Zeno of Citium was sailing from Cyprus with a ship full of expensive purple dye, which had been squeezed from special snails – a costly procedure. There was a storm, the ship went down and, with it, Zeno’s livelihood. He was left a beggar, roaming the streets of Athens in rags. But rather than becoming depressed or trying to get his snail-dye business going again, he became a philosopher, launching a school of thought that would become known as Stoicism, based on the central premise that we shouldn’t get upset about things over which we have no control...Much has changed in the past two millennia, but mankind still seeks answers to the complexities of life.."
In 2019 I had the honour of being chosen to co-organize STOICON, the annual conference of the Modern Stoicism Movement, that was born in Great Britain, (Professor Christopher Gill, University of Exeter), Donald Robertson, Therapist, Professor John Sellars etc) but has spread rapidly to North America and the rest of the world, especially through Ryan Holiday (best-selling author "The Obstacle is the Way").
The conference in Athens, was a historical event, as Stoicism returned to Athens after thousands of years, a great success with over 350 attendees from all over the world. So we have decided to make StoiconX an annual event, here in Athens, Greece...
The Sunday Times featured my photo in the article...Of course, I was happy about it, but we Stoics don't get too excited about these things : )
Here are the six ways of thinking so that YOU can practice, a Stoic way of life:
1.Tell yourself: “It’s not things that upset me, but my opinions about them.”
2. Describe upsetting events without any emotive language or value judgments, instead sticking to the facts.
3. Picture the longer-term consequences of allowing fear or anger to guide you, versus responding rationally, with greater self-discipline.
4. Ask yourself what someone wise, just, self-disciplined and courageous would do when faced with one of the problems you’re facing.
5. Imagine a situation that’s troubling you from high above, as though looking down on it from a hill or mountaintop.
6. Come to StoiconX in Athens, Greece each year or at a Stoicon near you.
Watch Video to find out more...