Throughout all religious and secular thought there are so many basic parallels and ideas that ring true throughout everyone's life and existence. There are very basic cornerstones of existence that we can all learn. One group that strives for this are the ascetics. Almost every religion has an ascetic sect and while you may conjure an image of a fasting, meditating monk on a mountain for an ascetic, they have much to teach us. There are very applicable practices that we can and must learn from the ascetic ideals and apply to our modern lives. Enjoy today's episode as I reference Epictetus's Discourses, the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, Buddhism, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Tao Te Ching, and Hinduism in creating and explaining my ideas on what asceticism can teach us.