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Welcome to The PERENNIAL podcast with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project. PERENNIAL brings you short reflections on ancient wisdom for everyday life. Each reflection is based on ancient philosophical and spiritual traditions designed to help you live your highest good. To learn more visit perennialleader.com
 
In Search of Wisdom with J.W. Bertolotti explores how to integrate timeless wisdom into everyday life. We engage in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, leadership, theology, and everything in between. We leave no stone unturned In Search of Wisdom. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.
 
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In this reflection, we explore navigating the inner voice. To begin, we turn to the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh for wisdom. Van Gogh offers this practical advice, "If you hear a voice inside you say that you cannot paint. Then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: …
 
We turn to the ancient practice known as the view from above in this reflection. The philosopher Pierre Hadot said, “Philosophy deepens and transforms habitual perception, forcing us to become aware that we are perceiving the world, and that the world is that which we perceive.” How do you perceive the world? Are you seeing clearly? [...] Follow Pe…
 
In this episode, I speak to Lodro Rinzler the author of Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times. Lodro’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Good Morning America, CBS, and NBC. He is the author of seven meditation books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar and is the co-founder of MND…
 
In this episode, I am sharing a portion of the conversation we had with Kristi Nelson the author of Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted. Kristi has spent most of her adult life in non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and …
 
In this reflection, we explore the topic of gratitude. The Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero called “gratitude not only the greatest of all virtues but the parent of all others.” But, how do we avoid taking things for granted amidst life’s challenges? The French philosopher and writer Voltaire, known for his wit, once quipped: "Life is a shipw…
 
In this episode, I speak to Susan Liautaud the author of The Power of Ethics: How to Make Good Choices in a Complicated World. Susan is the founder and managing director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, which advises clients from global corporations to NGOs on complex ethics matters. She teaches cutting-edge ethics courses at Stanford and ha…
 
We turn to the philosopher Socrates for wisdom in this reflection. A curious paradox of wisdom is the need to let go of the traditional idea of knowing. Socrates now famously stated, “All that I know is that I know nothing.” [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Sig…
 
In this episode, I speak to Andrew Lynn the author of the book Classic Philosophy for the Modern Man. Andrew is a lawyer, writer, and author of the ‘Classics for the Modern Man’ series. His mission as a writer is to draw upon classic texts and traditional wisdom in order to help us answer the most profound questions that we face as human beings. Th…
 
We turn to the philosopher Seneca (4 BCE — 65 CE) for wisdom in this reflection. Seneca’s writings serve as one of the most important bodies of work for Stoic philosophy. In his essay On Anger, Seneca stressed that anger is the most destructive of the passions. [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: in…
 
The Wisdom of Questions - We begin this reflection with the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke wrote in Letters to a Young Poet, "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers [...] Follow Perennia…
 
In this episode, I speak to Simon Drew the author of the new book The Poet & The Sage. Simon is a poet, musician, photographer, and philosophical mentor. He is someone that I’ve listened to many times over the years through The Practical Stoic podcast which has now transformed into The Walled Garden. In the conversation, Simon and I discuss: The Po…
 
We turn to the philosopher Seneca (4 BCE— 65 CE) for wisdom in this reflection. The poet Mary Oliver wrote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with this one wild and precious life?” Around two thousand years before Oliver, Seneca wrote in his treatise On the Shortness of Life similar questions on living a meaningful life. Seneca put it this way, "…
 
In this episode, I speak to Benjamin Lipscomb the author of the new book The Women are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics. Benjamin is a professor of philosophy, specializes in contemporary ethical theory, the history of philosophy (particularly the history of ethics), legal …
 
We turn to the philosopher Heraclitus (535–475 BCE) for wisdom in this reflection. Heraclitus wrote, "No one ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river, and they are not the same person." [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Sign-up for The PA…
 
We turn to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121–180) for wisdom in this reflection. His journal, known today as Meditations, serves as one of the greatest works of spiritual and ethical reflection ever written. [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Sign-up for The…
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. Brian Russell the author of the new book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life. Brian is an award-winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. He is also the host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podc…
 
In this episode, I speak to Lyanda Lynn Haupt the author of the new book Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit. Lyanda is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. In the conversation, Lyanda and I …
 
In this episode, I speak with Brandon Tumblin from The Strong Stoic podcast to discuss Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In the conversation, Brandon and I discuss the perils of spite and resentment, the virtuous path, integrating the shadow, and much more. Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagr…
 
In today's episode, we reflect on the words of the Buddha for wisdom. Specifically, the Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha, and one of the most widely-read Buddhist scriptures. [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Sign-up for The PATH our free newsle…
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. Michael Ward the author of the new book After Humanity: A Guide to C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. Michael is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. You can learn more about Michael and his work at michaelward.net. If you purchase After Hum…
 
In this episode, we reflect on the path of virtue. Sages throughout history have generally agreed that virtue is the path to the good life. And choosing the way of “virtue lies in our power, and similarly so does vice,” wrote Aristotle. [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdo…
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. Beverly Lanzetta the author of many books from A New Silence, The Monk Within, and Sacred Seasons (a new daily reader). Beverly is a theologian, spiritual teacher, and the author of many ground­breaking books on global spirituality and new monasticism. In the conversation, Beverly and I discuss: Searching for Wisdom …
 
In this reflection, we explore the idea of true greatness. According to Nietzsche, "The formula for greatness in a human being is Amor Fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it… but love it." [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: t…
 
In this reflection, we explore the idea of changing the world. According to Tolstoy, regarded today as one of the greatest writers of all time when it comes to change, we often look externally. Tolstoy wrote, Everyone thinks of changing the world. But no one thinks of changing themselves. [...] Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/…
 
In this reflection, we turn to the philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623–1662) for wisdom. What initially comes to mind when you think of sitting quietly in a room alone? Pascal writes that the inability to sit quietly alone in a room is the source of all humanity’s problems... Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagra…
 
Today's episode comes from a conversation on the In Search of Wisdom podcast with Massimo Pigliucci. The conversation discusses how Stoicism can help us avoid anger and find peace in life. Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Sign-up for The PATH our free newsletter (sho…
 
In this episode, I speak to Oliver Burkeman the author of the new book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Oliver is a great writer, and this book is no exception. In the conversation, Oliver and I discuss: What makes Four Thousand Weeks different from other books on time management The productivity trap Why it’s difficult to find tim…
 
In this reflection, we turn to Marcus Aurelius (121–180) for wisdom on virtue and vice. The Stoics followed Socrates in the idea that virtue was knowledge and vice, ignorance. When people do right, it stems from virtue, and they go wrong from ignorance and false beliefs. Follow Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram…
 
In today's reflection, we turn to the philosopher Seneca (4 BC — 65 AD) for wisdom. Although the Stoics were most likely more virtuous than most, we should not assume they were incapable of vice. The Stoics believed sages are as rare as the phoenix, a mythical bird said to have risen from the ashes (according to lore, once every 500 years). [...] F…
 
How do we know what is truly within our control? In today’s reflection, we turn to Epictetus in the Enchiridion to be our guide: "There are things that are within our power, and there are things that are beyond our power." [...] Follow The Perennial Leader Project: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast S…
 
Welcome to The Philosopher, Monk, and Mystic podcast with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project. Each episode provides a short reflection to start your day based on timeless principles and practices from ancient philosophy and spiritual traditions. We share wisdom from the likes of Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu and the Buddha, …
 
In this episode, I speak to Massimo Pigliucci the author of many books on Stoicism from How to Be a Stoic, A Handbook for New Stoics, and A Field Guide to a Happy Life to name a few. Massimo is currently a Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the relationship between science and philosophy and the …
 
In this episode, I speak to Matthew Barzun the author of The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go. Matthew is a former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Sweden and served as President Obama’s National Finance Chair. He has always been fascinated with how we can stand out and fit in at the same time. In the conversa…
 
In this episode, I speak to Kai Whiting the co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living In. Kai is a researcher and lecturer in sustainability and Stoicism based at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. His main research interests are how to better account for resource use and the practical application of Stoic philosophy …
 
In this episode, I speak to Steven Nadler the author of Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die. Professor Nadler’s research focuses on philosophy in the seventeenth century and he’s written extensively on Spinoza. Steven also has a new book coming out called When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People. In the conversation, Steven …
 
In this episode, I speak to Jonathan Gustin. Jonathan is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and founder of the Purpose Guide Institute. He has taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Kaiser Permanente, Green Gulch Zen Center, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Open Circle, Bay Area Integral, and The Nondual Wisdom & Mental Health Co…
 
In this episode, I speak to Tony Martignetti the Founder of Inspired Purpose Coaching, author of Climbing the Right Mountain, and host of The Virtual Campfire podcast. Tony is a leadership coach, entrepreneur, idea generator, people connector, and a curious adventurer. He integrates practical experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity, to e…
 
In this episode, I speak to Julian Baggini the author of The Great Guide: What David Hume Can Teach Us on Being Human and Living Well and How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy. Julian is a philosopher, writer, and author of more than 20 books covering a wide range of topics. In the conversation, Julian and I discuss: What we can lear…
 
On this weekend edition of the podcast, we reflect on an excerpt from Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. The episode discusses the timeless principle of letting go of the outcome and how it can lead us towards a meaningful life. Follow In Search of Wisdom: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast Si…
 
In this episode, I speak to Julie Lythcott-Haims the author of Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. Julie is also the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Raise an Adult, a book on overparenting (with a popular TED Talk on the topic), and Real American: A Memoir. Julie believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her wor…
 
On this weekend edition of In Search of Wisdom, we look to Marcus Aurelius for wisdom. In this podcast, Joshua reflects on a short passage from Meditations (4.49) and discusses how to think about hardship and the impermanence of distress. Follow In Search of Wisdom: Twitter: twitter.com/searchofwisdom Instagram: instagram.com/searchofwisdompodcast …
 
In this episode, I speak to Tim Ash the author of Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying how we think and why we act. Tim is an authority on evolutionary psychology and digital marketing. Tim is a highly-rated keynote speaker and presenter at over 200 events across four continents. He has been asked to return as a keynote at dozens of events becau…
 
In this episode, I speak to Mark Van Buren the author of Your Life Is Meditation and A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness. Mark is a go-to guide for meditation and mindfulness-based training. With well over a decade of experience in the field, Mark instructs meditation workshops, lectures, professional development days, corporate wellness classes, an…
 
In this episode, I speak to Estelle Frankel the author of The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty and Sacred Therapy. Estelle is a practicing psychotherapist, author, spiritual director, and popular public speaker. In her private practice in Albany, Ca. she works with individuals and couples providing brief …
 
In this episode, I speak to Eric Zimmer the host of The One You Feed Podcast. Eric is a behavior coach, author, and someone deeply inspired by the quest to understand how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live. In the episode, Eric and I discuss: The One You Feed Podcast The Spiritual Habits program How to create l…
 
In this episode, I speak to Dr. Drew Moser the author of The Enneagram of Discernment: The Way of Vocation, Wisdom, and Practice. Drew is an expert enneagram-based coach, teacher, and co-host of Fathoms | An Enneagram Podcast. In the episode, Drew and I discuss: The background of the Enneagram How the Enneagram can help us make wise decisions Ident…
 
In this episode, I speak to Joseph Badaracco the author of Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life. Joseph is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses on ethics, strategy, and management in the School's MBA and executive programs. He is also the author of the books Defining M…
 
In this episode, I speak to Ashton Gustafson from the Good, True, & Beautiful podcast. Ashton recently had five episodes called the “True Self Series” with guests like Mark Nepo, Parker J. Palmer, and Kelly Flanagan to name a few and I asked him to come on to share any lessons learned. I really enjoyed the conversation and hope you do as well! In t…
 
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