Ryan Holiday writes The question of why and how we are supposed to live has been contemplated for centuries. Absurdist Albert Camus wrote that life is like the Sisyphean task of pushing a boulder up a mountain for all of eternity. Existence itself, in other words, is persevering. Camus writes, “One must imagine Sisyphus happy.” So, how do we persevere well? How do we persevere happily? Go to the source: Perseverance: 7 Stoic Lessons on How To Keep Going
Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Therapy
Six ways to harness the power of stoicism and cognitive behavioral therapy. Source: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Therapy
Looking for peace?
Who is your master?
How Stoics Deal With Loneliness
Until you learn to love yourself that door is locked to someone else…
Seneca’s Most Powerful Quotes
Ryan Holiday says “One thing that stands out from Seneca is that he is one of the most enjoyable and readable of all ancient philosophers. Part of it was due to the fact that his most notable works came in the form of letters. Two of the most popular include On the Shortness of Life and Letters from a Stoic.”
It’s not necessary to have an opinion
“We have the power to hold no opinion about a thing and to not let it upset our state of mind—for things have no natural power to shape our judgments.” MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 6.52
Holiday, Ryan, Hanselman, Stephen. The Daily Stoic (p. 49). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
The Idea Of Stoicism
Courage, temperance, justice, wisdom. We don’t control what happens, but we can mitigate our response…
Why Stoicism Is More Relevant Than You Might Think
Good read! “The notions that Stoicism is only for times of great difficulty, or that Stoics repress emotions, are two of the most common myths about Stoicism, as properly understood. Many people confuse Stoicism, the philosophy (upper-case S) with stoicism (lower-case s), or having a “stiff upper lip.” In this post I will describe the 3 pillars of real Stoicism, as opposed to fake or lower-case s stoicism. I hope that you will agree that Stoicism is well worth consideration, alongside other practices such as mindfulness and exercise, as part of a good mental health regime, to help us be happier, and to become better versions of ourselves.” Source: Why Stoicism Is More Relevant Than You Might Think | Psychology Today
Inspired Resolutions via @JordanFScotti
Creating meaningful, lasting change in the new year. Source: Inspired Resolutions
The Happy Overlap Between Stoicism and Buddhism via @JordanFScotti
These happiness tips have stood the test of time. Source: The Happy Overlap Between Stoicism and Buddhism
7 Ancient Stoic Tenets To Keep In Mind Today And Every Day
Could some ancient and obscure pages—the private diaries of one of Rome’s greatest emperors (Marcus Aurelius), the personal letters of one of Rome’s best playwrights and wisest power brokers (Seneca), the lectures of a former slave and exile, turned influential teacher (Epictetus)—really contain anything relevant to modern life? The answer, it turns out, is yes. Source: 7 Ancient Stoic Tenets To Keep In Mind Today And Every Day
The tenets are:
Memento Mori: Live each day as if it were your last
Amor Fati: Love what is as if you had chosen it
Premeditatio Malorum: Prepare for the worst case scenario
Sympatheia: Think often on the mutual interdependence of all things
Summum Bonum: Think always of the highest good
The impediment to action advances action; what stands in the way becomes the way
Ego is the enemy..
The 16 Greatest Lessons From 16 Years With Marcus Aurelius
Ryan Holiday writes “I was 19 years old when I purchased my first copy of Meditations. Here are 16 Stoic lessons I learned from over 100 readings of the classic”. Go to the source: The 16 Greatest Lessons From 16 Years With Marcus Aurelius
How Your “Locus of Control” Affects Your Life
Learn how to manage your locus of control to your benefit. Source: How Your “Locus of Control” Affects Your Life
Bonus: consider these thoughts from the stoics…
The Virtue That Made Marcus Aurelius So Great
Ryan Holiday writes: “Marcus Aurelius did not come out of the womb a leader. Nor was he an emperor ‘by blood.’ In fact, when first told he was to be king, he wept—thinking of all the bad and failed kings of history. So how did he get from there to philosopher king? Book 1 of Meditations shows us. The first ten percent of the book—Debts and Lessons—thanks people who groomed him into one of history’s greatest leaders. He knew it—without his philosophy teachers and rhetoric teachers and, most importantly, his mentor Antoninus Pius, he wouldn’t have became who he became. In this video Ryan Holiday recounts one of the greatest stories in human history and talks about how Antoninus Pius taught Marcus Aurelius the most important virtue of all.”
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