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The Philosopher in Retirement

The Philosopher in Retirement: Practical Lessons in Resiliency from the Stoics

Emotional resiliency is a critical factor for a successful retirement. Stoicism provides a challenging, but eminently practical blueprint for navigating the emotional challenges of life as an older adult. Learn how to cultivate resilience in the face of adversity, drawing upon the wisdom of the ancient Stoic philosophers.

The Stoics believed that true happiness comes not from external circumstances, but from cultivating a calm and rational mind that can withstand any challenge. Explore the Stoic concepts of acceptance, equanimity, and the dichotomy of control, and learn how to develop a mindset that can handle anything life throws your way.

This two session video presentation will also examine the lives and teachings of famous Stoics, such as Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius, and see how their wisdom can be applied to modern-day challenges. We will explore topics such as dealing with difficult emotions, overcoming setbacks, and finding meaning and purpose in life. By the end of the presentation, participants will have developed a toolkit of Stoic practices and insights that they can use to cultivate resilience and live a more fulfilling life.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Although retired as a professional Social Worker, Scott Byiers continues to read and study in various areas of personal interest including psychology, neuroscience, energy medicine, and practical philosophy. Scott has been teaching these topics for many years at educational institutions throughout Manitoba.


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