Episode 190: Mark Matousek

On resilience, via the wisdom of our ancestor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Seeing our character reflected in our opinions of the world. Shifting our lens to acknowledge our uniqueness, practicing surmounting our subjectivity in order to steep ourselves in reality as it is with empathy, equanimity and insight.

  • (1:00) – Stoicism and Self-Reliance with Mark Tuzik.
  • (4:56) – Emerson’s philosophy and its impact on Thoreau’s work.
  • (13:12) – Emerson’s philosophy of self-awareness and perception.
  • (19:07) – Solitude, loneliness, and self-discovery.
  • (25:02) – Writing, self-doubt, and emotional reactivity.
  • (31:14) – Emerson’s philosophy and its application to relationships.

Mark Matousek is a bestselling author, teacher, and speaker whose work focuses on personal awakening and creative excellence through transformational writing and self-inquiry.

His books include Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story, The Boy He Left Behind, When You’re Falling, Dive, Ethical Wisdom: The Search for a Moral Life, Ethical Wisdom for Friends, Mother of the Unseen World, and Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications, including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Details, Tricycle, Good Housekeeping, and Harper’s Bazaar

He has blogged for Psychology Today and offers courses in creativity and spiritual growth around the world. In 2013, Mark founded The Seekers Forum, a global online community for non-sectarian spiritual dialogue. He is on the faculty of The New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, 1440, Esalen, The Rowe Center, Hollyhock, and Blue Spirit, Costa Rica. 

He lives with his partner in Springs, New York. His new book is Lessons From An American Stoic


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