Buddhist and Stoic wisdom

My intention in writing More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age was twofold: to consider some similarities and differences between Buddhism and Stoicism and to reflect on what valuable insights might be left if we leave the metaphysics behind.

You can get a taste of it in this blog I wrote for Modern Stoicism. Or in this short piece for Aeon Magazine, which focuses on death meditations.

Also here is a podcast with George Miller of The Hedgehog and the Fox.

And here are two reviews, one on Doug’s Secular Dharma, and one on the Western Buddhist Review.

Finally, here is a talk I did at Stoicon 2018. Find a slightly edited version of it on Modern Stoicism.

Why decision making is hard and what we can do about it

Decision making is hard for most people. So many choices, so much uncertainty, so much to gain or lose… how can we possibly make a decision?

We keep changing our minds. We decide one thing, then undecide. Or we procrastinate, trying to keep our options open and putting off the decision until it’s forced on us. Or, even worse, we convince ourselves ‘we can’t do otherwise’ and continue with damaging courses of action. We regret our decisions. We blame ourselves for what we decided.

What holds us back and what might help?

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