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CafeTruth: Stoicism to Live Life Bolder
Join host Kevin as he hosts conversations with friends, mentors, and overall interesting people as they discuss stoic philosophy, entrepreneurship, digital nomadship, spirituality, and more.
Nov 17, 2020
Court Case of the Mind
0:00:57 where is steve? 0:02:39 court of the mind 0:03:23 what does someone being judgemental actually mean? 0:03:51 everything in life is about relationship 0:04:27 kevin talks about his troubled relationship with his high-school car 0:05:10 it's possible to have emotionally-charged relationships with everything and everyone 0:05:28 2020 usa elections 0:06:08 everything is just ideas 0:06:18 kevin mentions Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett 0:08:03 kevin mentions there were 2 extreme political parties too in Nazi Germany 0:08:48 1930's Germany may be more similar to nowadays USA than we think 0:09:07 people have strong relationships with their political identities 0:09:22 the political camps we are stongly attaching to are merely an idea, a symbol or a flag but nothing more 0:10:31 kevin looks into ancient rome conflicts and Julius Caesar's takeover 0:11:06 stoics take on extreme camps and political attachment 0:11:47 it's easy to judge other people 0:12:15 kevin mentions byron katie 0:13:58 kevin says byron katie's work helps us to create a court case in brain 0:15:23 kevin explains "the work" of byron katie 0:16:45 kevin goes through court characters 0:19:40 the judge in our court case can get conditioned by experience and environment 0:21:02 we all agree on judges should not be partial and biased 0:21:32 we are not fair judges a lot of the time 0:22:01 purpose of "the work" is getting use to go through the fair court case on every upsetting occasion 0:22:53 there are big consequences for us not being fair 0:23:40 quotes from Epictetus 0:26:42 how do we process the court of mind with "the work" 0:28:49 more quotes from Epictetus 0:29:53 there are similarities between epictetus and jesus teachings 0:33:12 can we stop being judgemental 0:34:26 there is no choice about being judgemental or not, but you can be a good judge
Nov 3, 2020
[Chats w/ Steve] We are all one in the Matrix of trauma
0:00:59 abraham hicks and childhood trauma 0:02:11 steve doesn't agree with abraham hicks method of ignoring childhood trauma 0:02:35 kevin revisits the previous episode on cafetruth they did about narcissism 0:03:02 kevin mentions about victor frankl 0:03:14 kevin says we might be putting meaning to traumas and this meaning may not be actually true 0:03:47 kevin shares his last experience with abraham hicks 0:05:34 kevin mentions about his feelings about self-growth and spiritual events and the necessity of integrity in those teachings 0:06:48 steve says different talkers will deliver different qualities on same topic - steve's thoughts on neil de'greesse tyson 0:08:15 kevin talking about neil de'greese tyson and why scientific method may not cut it when it comes to psychology 0:09:21 psychology is pretty adolescent as a department of science 0:09:47 feelings are valid but when you get down to memories things change & steve had a core belief about his father wants to kill him 0:12:13 steve introduces a method to disseminate ongoing traumatic events 0:12:45 steve mentions about effects of hearing counter methodologies in psychology 0:13:07 kevin makes a barnacle on a ship allegory about human attachment 0:14:02 kevin mentions the "i don't know mind" for a solution 0:14:25 steve tells his core belief about his boss 0:14:45 thoughts of attachment are almost projecting in the real life 0:15:15 kevin and steve discuss masking,people pleasing and stress at work related to deadlines 0:16:17 kevin refers to a recording of Allan about how doctors treat a wound 0:16:57 kevin asks is working also therapeutic 0:17:27 steve says being intouchable by others words is the most enlightened stage 0:18:07 scalpel of truth & wisdom of not propagating traumatic wounds to others 0:19:35 steve tells his once happy jolly jolly life & changing subjects as a defense 0:20:56 kevin promotes work should be only for self 0:22:24 steve tells the aspects of work he appreciate and how it helps his communication 0:23:00 life is like a mirror 0:23:10 does others exist? simulation theory 0:24:14 steve mentions his 6 year old student 0:25:58 steve mentions pre-education children may be able to tap into simulation 0:26:50 steve tells everything is one thing and rammifications of it 0:29:27 kevin tells a koan about a zen master going to butcher 0:30:35 kevin mentions lorann hilson 0:30:51 where do we go when we sleep? 0:31:46 steve and kevin googles "where do i go when i sleep" 0:32:41 kevin discusses the whole point of healing from traumas 0:33:35 don't fuck with our story, people don't want to get their narratives taken 0:34:23 psychology is almost there but it is half baked 0:36:08 mind is always creating stories and self-identity is one of them 0:37:09 kevin mentions how his terrified ego reacted to COVID pandemic 0:38:54 will we exist after we die or will it turn out we didn't exist anyway 0:39:46 steve tells a chinese master's method of deconstructing the I thought 0:40:50 there is a space under mind chatter and I thought 0:41:41 what is the thing in us that is aware of us thinking 0:42:18 eye can't see itself 0:43:02 steve actually feels like a camera, life is like a movie production 0:46:36 technology replicates spiritual 0:49:18 kevin says simulations designer throwing all the drama, trauma and health conditions just to make it fun to play 0:51:01 its easier to look at history then living it 0:51:49 life is a dream and we have to be humble about this 0:52:11 steve pushes simulation theory on everyone 0:52:58 if you are on the beach of tahiti would you want to wake up from the dream? 0:55:27 kevin mentions there was a 15 year pandemic in Marcus Aurelius' time too 0:56:58 steve mentions how he and his mom affected by COVID in England 0:58:01 steve and kevin on queen's speech 0:59:46 kevin asks steve if they studied british civil war 1:01:03 steve says they teach history based on where you live 1:03:16 steve sums up english history
1 hr 24 min
Oct 20, 2020
Everything is Made of Light
00:21 Don Miguel Ruiz's realization after looking at the night sky of Sonoran Desert 01:54 Is space really empty? 02:49 Every corner of the universe is filled with light 03:52 We are wired to perceive with words and they are dictating our understanding 04:52 Light as a messenger of information 06:23 Mirrors capability to create a virtual reality 07:38 Our brains work similarly to a mirror 08:13 Artificial intelligence and brain as a black box trying to recreate reality 09:34 Our minds might not be reliable for interpreting data from the universe accurately 10:41 There is no space between us and objects 11:40 We might have been trying to process more data than we need in today's world 12:31 Why Kevin revisited Voice of Knowledge from Don Miguel Ruiz in an age of deception and fake news. 12:56 Don't believe everything in your head especially if it comes from another human mind 14:00 Difference between a tree communicating itself and how language distorts Kevin telling the tree to his friend 14:35 How computers fix the errors in Internet communication comparing to human language 17:16 Why humans are so into narratives 19:46 Importance of coming out of storytelling feedback loop. Practicing direct communication with nature via silence and being at the moment. 21:46 Quotes from Marcus Aurelius about distorted perception of reality 24:23 Stop fighting with reality either intentionally or unintentionally. 25:35 Conspiracy theories and unintentional spread of misinformation 27:44 Which tools are helpful for us checking errors and stop propagating lies?
Oct 6, 2020
Choosing Passion vs. Fame - Radioactivity & Madame Curie
04:25 stoic notion of insignificance - everyone is forgotten - desire of the fame is torments you 08:29 did romans thought earth is round? 09:33 how small are we on the pinhead of earth 10:09 all you see will quickly perish 11:08 chernobyl crisis and what's left from the first responders 13:38 how long historical records last? once data is gone the narrative is over. 14:20 present is all there is 15:10 we are most likely impermanent and unremarkable people 16:30 thoughts after watching the movie about Marie Curie named Radioactive - even Marie Curie will might be forgotten 20:08 marie curie seems to follow curiosity over fame 21:43 the notion of doing something for outcome of itself 22:07 social media and increased rates of teenage suicide 25:22 it is nice to know even marcus aurelius' years they dealt with tormenting desire of becoming famous 26.05 in comparison to our desire for being relevant marie curie lived the opposite 27:37 social media systems geared to reward most outrageous of us 28:08 madam curie created more impact without looking for fame and relevancy 31:03 why marie curie went through years of people looking down on her instead of manipulating fame and press 32:13 beauty of taking responsibility 33:05 quote from Epictetus - madam curie might be cancelled if there were a social media back then 35:40 YouTuber's dilemma between video quality and fame/clickbait 37:57 definitions of quality in the Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance book 38:20 choose quality and virtue over fame and short term rewards - how many child stars do we remember? 40:25 kevin tells his experience in his first IT job in comparing to his colleague with Zen-like approach 42:53 quote from Martin Luther King on doing your job well 44:45 knowing we will soon be forgotten might bring relief
Sep 22, 2020
[Modern Stoic]-Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Her Last Years, a Stoic Journey
Kevin discusses the last years of RGB's service as a justice on the Supreme Court as one filled with stoic virtues.
Sep 14, 2020
The Power of Attraction and Positive Thinking
Kevin and Steve discuss people's fear of death in the times of COVID The idea that the Planet is healing and also sending a wake up call to humans through the virus Do we really have to make a lot of money to feel valuable? Kevin and Steve discuss Overthinking and how it affects our life How dreams can drain our minds Kevin and Steve discuss the law of attraction Imagining scenarios can make it happen in reality Kevin and Steve discuss racism towards Asians as if they are the reason behind Coronavirus. Kevin and Steve discuss the difference between outgoing people and ordinary routine loving people Searching for Truth is the ultimate life goal Kevin and Steve speaks about the pollution humans are making to the world Focus on this moment and keep yourself healthy instead of overthinking failure Steve discuss the idea of the universe being inside us Never give up on your dreams, stick with it and it will pay off
1 hr 47 min
Sep 8, 2020
In Memory of Chadwick Boseman, a Modern Stoic: Following Your Daemon, Genius, and Passions Despite Challenges
Kevin discusses the recent passing of actor Chadwick Boseman and how the way he lived the last few years of his life – acting in movies such as Black Panther, [Thurgood] Marshall, Message from the King – despite facing a terminal illness, is in essence, what it means to live as a stoic. Kevin also discusses the ancient Greek/Roman concept of a daemon, and how we can become aware and make the most of our daemon’s gifts, inspiration, and power to create our art in this life. Full show notes + links at: https://wordpress-473433-1486402.cloudwaysapps.com/2020/09/in-memory-of-chadwick-boseman-a-modern-stoic-following-your-daemon-genius-and-passions-despite-challenges
Aug 29, 2020
How to Define a Well Lived Life
Kevin discuss the real purpose of life We create the why and the way we live We can choose the way to tell the story of our life How would you spend your last 5 mins in life? Terror or Enjoyment? Find the power to turn the moment for the benefit of your own use What is the real Gold standard of living? It is difficult for rich men to be moderate and moderate men to be rich Why do we seek being rich? Why do we think living a good life is related to gaining and achieving more? Life is about the values and being grateful of the things you have
Aug 22, 2020
Stoicism in Contrast to different Philosophies
Kevin speaks about his podcast content strategy for the upcoming episodes Kevin speaks about a powerful story of a prisoner and how he dealt with his life in prison Kevin shares his feelings with COVID and the lock-down and compares it to people really locked in prison Kevin speaks about how we should re frame our lives and do good to the world People spending so much energy debating over society mental models and the difference between philosophical schools Kevin speaks on how non sense was it to throw people different in color or origins in jail Kevin discuss confusion-ism in the Chinese philosophy Kevin mentions the upcoming elections and how hard this year was We can't control government but we're lucky enough to vote for change
Aug 15, 2020
Chapin Kreuter - Misfits and Rejects; Adventures in Podcasting
Kevin had the pleasure of interviewing Chapin Kreuter to discuss Chapin's podcast, Misfits and Rejects. During the chat, we get into why Chapin got his inspiration to interview quirky and interesting characters while traveling the world, including former drug smugglers to business marketing gurus. Chapin also opens up about some of the struggles he's encountered with podcasting, including realizing not long ago that his audience was much smaller than he had previously believed and how he's working to better deliver what his audience is truly seeking from him. Notes: Chapin talks about the feedback he received about how his voice sounds good and professional. Chapin talks about how his shows started through sponsorship t shirts over his podcast. Chapin talks about his favorite podcast categories and giving an example of a drug smuggler with a lot of interesting stories. hapin prefers to interview unknown people with never heard before stories than interviewing famous people with repeated stories. Kevin and Chapin talk about how their favorite topics are not always interesting for the audience as it is for themselves. Kevin and Chapin talk about how some people prefer to work from home or as freelancers and don't find it necessary to be at the office. Chapin talks about how he always wanted to be open to the world, explore more and blending in socially. Chapin talks about his side business and how it influences the show. Kevin and Chapin speak about making your podcast successful and some of the tools and platforms they use.
Aug 8, 2020
Find Genuine Leisure and Inner Peace through the Banquet of Life
Kevin starts with talking about leaving out corporate life and starting a business Kevin mentions a book talking about self discipline and the 2 types of energy (pulling and grasping) Kevin speaks about his camping experience and the beauty of pick up trucks and RVs Kevin talks about the role of location and environment and how it affects and manipulate your desires Ways of how to stop being materialistic let the things the way they are, the concept of doing by NOT doing having faith and to stop worrying so much about everything Kevin speaks about the modern version of showing off wealth and power Kevin mentions how grateful he is of the AC invention and how people lived before it Speaking about the fear of unhappiness and how shameful is to live just for your own desires Finding inner peace and genuine leisure regardless of your environment and circumstances.
Aug 2, 2020
You are Looking at Your Own Projection of Reality
Some deepest meditation is only in you. Death is non existence.
Jul 27, 2020
Coping with Reality from Place to Place
Kevin and Steve discuss their new lack of social lives amidst the Coronavirus and the day to day experience and tasks they have to do in their day to day life. Notes: Discussion continues about coping with reality that corona is here and the idea of trying to adapt and be friends with your enemy Spirituality and religions and what lessons we humans learn in life to face our struggles The idea of existence of the world and how we connect to it by simply breathing to remind ourselves we exist! How weather plays role in how we feel, for ex: anger from cold weather, preferring the sunny weather? The lack of work due to coronavirus and money struggles people are facing Online videos about selling Mac products and reviewing technical specs and personal experience with computers and cameras How the iPhone combined a lot of equipment people used before to produce HQ media content. Talking about video editing software like Final Cut Pro . Talking about people giving nonsense excuses instead of…
1 hr 15 min
Jul 20, 2020
What's Your Fear?
The British Monarch system Raising children with punishment - is there another way? Living abroad as a digital nomad or expatKevin possibly thinking to move to Bulgaria Steve happily living in China Breaking free from the Matrix Choosing freedom over corporate captivity Tesla or freedom?
2 hr 17 min
Jun 20, 2020
Look at Life as Your Dream
- Money, social life, human relation and life. - What you need in life to live. - Be real you.
1 hr 10 min
May 20, 2020
What matters if Tomorrow, You Die?
Kevin with a solo podcast episode where he discusses Marcus Aurelius facing the Antonine Plague 1,855 Years Ago and living life as if you are going to live forever.
Apr 20, 2020
Will a Train Crash into a Plane?
Steve discusses his monastic-like life in China as a layman Steve's daily morning meditation rituals Stalking fear in the Toltec tradition working through stuck childhood traumas and memories Drinking your morning coffee as a conscious ritual Choosing conscious action with daily habits Awakening resets your preferences back to babyhood -Kevin questions the motivation of meditation for business people and entrepreneurs -Guy Ritchie's interpretation of the prodigal son story Listening to pastor's/guru's who haven't been through hardships Dealing with external judgement as an awakened person Modern personal freedom and awakening from the perspective of evolution (reference to the book Sapiens)
1 hr 13 min
Apr 8, 2020
Help! Get Me Outta Here!
Steve and Kevin discuss how to get out of a job you hate, whether it's better to do work that you love vs. work that's lucrative, Steve's move to China, narcissist parents, and more!
1 hr 18 min
Mar 27, 2020
Eat More Wet Food
In this episode, Kevin and Steve discuss: Tea/coffee on the spiritual path Vegetarianism Eat more wet food, less dry Diet - Intermittent fasting Using spirituality to avoid real life All of the current political arguments are ancient arguments Use of AI in classrooms Screen-time and children Letting children be naturally interested in the physical world Life is a dream. Life is a simulation. 3D movies Disorienting nature of enlightenment Starbucks in China Starbucks over roasts their coffee