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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3 days ago

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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 conversation. I’m incredibly grateful to have Eric back on the show; I consider anything Eric writes a must-read. As you’ll hear in the episode, he has the rare gift of making the search for wisdom both practical and entertaining!
Key Takeaways:
Franklin’s guide to virtue
The need for intellectual humility
The philosophy of gratitude
How to become wiser in daily life
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4 days ago

📮 Want tools for the art of living? Sign up here: https://perennial.substack.com/subscribeWelcome 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 to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.
 
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Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

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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 contemplating mortality can reorient actions, instill gratitude, and help us overcome fear. We cover practical aspects of adopting change, the value of small steps, the complex nature of personal growth, and much more.
 
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Saturday Jun 01, 2024

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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 according to Montaigne.
 
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How to Make Space for Paradox

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Wednesday May 29, 2024

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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 by saying “yes” to life, and much more.
 
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Tuesday May 28, 2024

📮 Want tools for the art of living? Sign up here: https://perennial.substack.com/subscribeWelcome 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 to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.
 
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Saturday May 25, 2024

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, you’ll hear a compilation of three previous guests share insights on life and the search for wisdom. Dean Rickles, a professor of history and philosophy of modern physics, delves into the need for limits and constraints in life. Leslie Stein, a professor and Jungian analyst, discusses the search for wisdom. Valerie Tiberius, a professor of philosophy, helps us figure out what matters in life.
Listen to the full episodes featured today here:
The Shortness of Life with Dean Rickles (Listen here)
Becoming Whole with Leslie Stein (Listen here)
A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters with Valerie Tiberius (Listen here)
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Wednesday May 22, 2024

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In this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Simon Drew from the Walled Garden Philosophical Society. As many of you know, Simon is a friend, poet, musician, philosopher, and someone deeply interested in life’s questions. Today’s episode concludes the series “Living the Questions” (You can catch up on the previous five volumes here: I, II, III, IV, & V). Throughout this series, Simon and I have explored several perennial questions and attempted to follow the poet Ranier Maria Rilke’s advice to “Live the questions for now. Perhaps then, without even noticing it, you will gradually come, on some far-off day, to live your way into the answer.” In our final conversation in this series, Simon and I explore the question: “What is the meaning of life?” We discuss the importance of finding meaning in everyday life. We explore the themes of interdependence and interconnectedness, maturity and wisdom, aligning oneself with what truly matters, the role of hardships, and much more.
 
Key Takeaways:
Finding meaning in everyday actions and relationships, such as being a loving spouse and parent, can bring a sense of purpose.
Discernment and clarity are essential in identifying what matters most and creating meaning in our lives.
Finding meaning amid suffering can be a challenge, but holding onto hope and resilience is crucial.
 
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Monday May 20, 2024

📮 Want tools for the art of living? Sign up here: https://perennial.substack.com/subscribeWelcome 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 to help you (and me) reflect on what it means to live a good life.
 
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Wednesday May 15, 2024

📮 Want tools for the art of living? Sign up here: https://perennial.substack.com/subscribeIn this episode of In Search of Wisdom, my guest is Dr. Dilip Jeste, author of Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good. In this conversation, Dr. Jeste emphasizes the importance of social connections and compassion in developing wisdom and improving overall well-being. He also highlights the negative impact of loneliness on mental and physical health and suggests that wisdom can serve as an antidote to loneliness. The conversation concludes with insights on the importance of humility, self-reflection, and finding meaning and purpose in life. Key Takeaways:Wisdom is a characteristic pattern of behavior that can vary in individuals and across different components.Social connections and compassion are essential for developing wisdom and improving overall well-being.Loneliness has a negative impact on mental and physical health, and wisdom can serve as an antidote to loneliness.Humility is essential for wisdom and involves recognizing our own ignorance and the limitations of our knowledge.---🖇️ Stay Connected:Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerennialPodsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/perennialmeditations/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@PerennialPodsWebsite: https://www.perennialleader.com/---🦉 Additional Resources:Explore the Perennial Meditations archive: https://perennial.substack.com/archiveListen to more podcasts: https://www.perennialleader.com/podcasts

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