In Search of Wisdom

In Search of Wisdom

In Search of Wisdom is a podcast for seekers and curious minds interested in timeless principles and practices for everyday life. Join the search with J.W. Bertolotti from the Perennial Leader Project as he engages in meaningful conversations with leading thinkers in philosophy, theology, and everything in between. Learn more at PerennialLeader.com.

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July 17, 2024 57 mins

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Prof. Emily Austin, the author of Living for Pleasure: An Epicurean Guide to Life. Living for Pleasure is part of the Guides to the Good Life series by Oxford University Press. I’m a big fan of the series; it’s dedicated to the idea that philosophy can, as it was for hundreds of ye...

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is John Oakes, author of The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without. In the conversation, we explore John's spontaneous initiation into fasting and his insights from the practice. We delve into the historical prevalence across various cultures and religio...

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The Dying Every Day series delivers guided meditations on the art of living. Each meditation provides a quote, a selected passage (from an original Stoic text), and a reflection prompt to consider. These meditations are designed to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.

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The Way of Contemplation is a weekly series that delivers meditations, prompts, and practices on the art of living. These short guided contemplations are designed to help us think deeply about perennial ideas, questions, insights, and what it means to live an intentional life.

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June 28, 2024 5 mins

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The Dying Every Day series delivers guided meditations on the art of living. Each meditation provides a quote, a selected passage (from an original Stoic text), and a reflection prompt to consider. These meditations are designed to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, I welcome my friend Shane Trotter (author and creator of 

Setting the Bar) back to show for another edition of The Character Lab. In Part Three of our series, we explore the importance of role models in character formation. We discuss the need for a standard to measure ourselves and how the liv...

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Today’s episode is an audio version of the Monday Muse on Perennial Meditations. A little about this series, for anyone not familiar. It’s a weekly collection of what I call perennial reminders, insights, and maxims on the art of living. The term muse is an ancient one; it derives from ancient Greece and mythology. It typically has ...

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Welcome to Sundays with Seneca on In Search of Wisdom. On today’s episode, I’m sharing part II of Seneca’s essay, ‘On the Shortness of Life.’ If you would like to read these in your email each week, you can subscribe to Perennial Meditations (on Substack). You can also help support the podcast and my work by becoming a member. There...

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June 22, 2024 7 mins

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The Way of Contemplation is a weekly series on In Search of Wisdom that delivers meditations, prompts, and practices on the art of living. These short guided contemplations are designed to help us think deeply about perennial ideas, questions, insights, and what it means to live an intentional life.

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The Dying Every Day series delivers guided meditations on the art of living. Each meditation provides a quote, a selected passage (from an original Stoic text), and a reflection prompt to consider. These meditations are designed to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, I welcome Rachel B. Griffis and Julie Ooms to discuss their new book, Deep Reading: Practices to Subvert the Vices of Our Distracted, Hostile, and Consumeristic Age. The conversation explores their formative experiences with reading and the concept of deep reading. We delve into how reading ca...

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Today’s episode is an audio version of the Monday Muse on Perennial Meditations. A little about this series, for anyone not familiar. It’s a weekly collection of what I call perennial reminders, insights, and maxims on the art of living. The term muse is an ancient one; it derives from ancient Greece and mythology. It typically has ...

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Welcome back to another episode of In Search of Wisdom. As I mentioned in yesterday’s episode, there will be a few changes to the podcast and newsletter. One change is that I’ll be sharing a few more episodes each week, one being our Sundays with Seneca series that we’ve been running exclusively for Perennial Meditations members. If...

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June 15, 2024 11 mins

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, I introduce a new series, The Way of Contemplation, and discuss a few changes to the podcast and newsletter. You can expect to learn about the wisdom of contemplation, the art of deep reading (and thinking), why the practice of contemplation is a lifelong endeavor, and much more. 

 

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Eric Weiner, author of the new book Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder's Formula for a Long and Useful Life. Eric is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He’s a previous guest on the show; we discussed his book The Socrates Express in our last conversatio...

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    Welcome to another episode of In Search of Wisdom. In today's episode, I share a Stoic meditation from the Dying Every Day series (from my Substack - Perennial Meditations). Each meditation provides a quote, a selected passage (from an original Stoic text), and a reflection prompt to consider. These meditations are designed...
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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, I’m joined by my good friend Brandon Tumblin (Host of The Strong Stoic Podcast). In this conversation, we discuss Stoic philosophy and making intentional changes in life. Brandon shares the significance of the practice of memento mori (remembrance of death) in daily life and how contemplatin...

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    Welcome to another episode of In Search of Wisdom. Today, we’re searching for lessons on the art of living from the sixteenth-century philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592). In this episode, you can expect to learn why we need a direction for our lives, the wisdom of solitude, and why we should question everything, at least a...

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    May 29, 2024 14 mins

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    In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, we discuss how to make space for paradox in daily life. By paradox, I mean the ability to hold opposing truths (or practices) in our minds. You can expect to learn what it means to be more open to life, how Carl Jung defined psychological and spiritual development, what Joseph Campbell meant...

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    Welcome to another episode of In Search of Wisdom. In today's episode, I share a Stoic meditation from the Dying Every Day series (from my Substack - Perennial Meditations). Each meditation provides a quote, a selected passage (from an original Stoic text), and a reflection prompt to consider. These meditations are designed...
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