How to Keep Your Light Lit.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR LIGHT LIT DAVID ALEXANDER How to Keep Your Light Lit: Choose Your Friends Carefully. I wrote this article in August, 2022 after I was inspired by Sharon LeBell’s meet up on absurdity and evil in life. Also Brandon Tumblin’s interview with Sharron on Strong Stoic Podcast. It naturally followed the poetry […]

On Holiness with Sharon Lebell

ON HOLINESS WITH SHARON LEBELL This episode is a recording of a meetup hosted by Sharon Lebell at The Walled Garden Philosophical Society weekly meetup. Sharon discusses the age-old quality of Holiness. What is it? What does it feel like? How does it reveal itself? How can we seek it? These questions are all discussed […]

Philosophy and Music: A Dialog and a Dance

PHILOSOPHY AND MUSIC SIMON DREW ABOUT THE EVENT Simon Drew will be filling in for Sharon Lebell covering the topic of music and philosophy. We’ll be exploring the importance of having a well-rounded approach to our philosophical exploration, as well as touching on some key lessons that philosophers and seekers can learn from the great […]

Making Meaning in Spite of Absurdity and Evil

MAKING MEANING IN SPITE OF ABSURDITY AND EVIL SHARON LEBELL ABOUT THE EVENT If we keep up with world events, it is difficult to avoid despair or nihilism. There is so much work that needs doing to repair our world. Lest we lose heart, it is important to remember that happiness is not always possible, […]

The Hopeful Wisdom of Edith Eger

THE HOPEFUL WISDOM OF EDITH EGER SHARON LEBELL https://youtu.be/OlgfMbAgBqsOne of my cherished teachers is Edith Eger. Like Viktor Frankl, Dr. Eger lived through unspeakably degrading conditions during the Holocaust and came to the conclusion that the will to meaning is redemptive. After a childhood of bearing witness to evil and relentless death, she built an […]

On the Sacred

ON THE SACRED DAVID ALEXANDER After Sharon LeBell’s Walled Garden meet up on 6/9/22 ‘On the Necessity of Holiness’ it has me thinking about the ideas “what is Sacred” or “what is Holy?” In my readings on Jungian psychology, the idea of the Sacred, or Sacred spaces, has come up a few times. I am particularly influenced […]

Virtue: Who Decides

VIRTUE: WHAT IS IT? WHO DECIDES? SHARON LEBELL I write to inspire constructive conversation among the philosophically-minded, students of modern Stoicism, the Stoic-curious, and those who consider themselves to be Stoics. I encourage my readers to favor “living the questions” over marshaling arguments to advance or defend cherished or conclusive points of view. Living the […]

Lessons in Stoic Virtue from Ukraine

LESSONS IN STOIC VIRTUE FROM UKRAINE Sharon Lebell From Kyiv my grandfather and his penniless family travelled in steerage to North America in 1903. Many other of my ancestors hailed from villages that lay within today’s Russian Federation territory. To those once fearful and hopeful ancestors who lived on both sides of the arbitrary political […]

Holiness: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

THE NECESSITY OF HOLINESS SHARON LEBELL ABOUT THE EVENT Even those who have parted ways with mainstream religion nevertheless report a yearning for and experiences with the sacred and the miraculous. Do we just make holiness up? Or, is it something real that lives outside of us? And, what does holiness impel us to do?  […]

Curious Shapes & Symbols

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