When Life Hurts, Care Less About It: The Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius

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.”

Amor fati

Amor fati is a Latin phrase that may be translated as “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary.[1]

Amor fati is often associated with what Friedrich Nietzsche called “eternal recurrence“, the idea that, over an infinite period of time, everything recurs infinitely. From this he developed a desire to be willing to live exactly the same life over and over for all eternity (“…long for nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal”).[2]

Amor fati Is also talked about in stoic philosophy. Source: Amor fati – Wikipedia

Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday

A Stoic Idea Worth Tattooing On Your Body

How stoicism can make you a better person

Source: Stoicism 101

12 (Stoic) Questions That Will Change Your Life

What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. It’s a philosophy designed to make us more resilient, happier, more virtuous and more wise–and as a result, better people, better parents and better professionals. Source: What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

Want to go deeper? Check out this summary of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations…

Brian Johnson offer’s a great overview here but you have to create a free account…

The Swedish philosophy of lagom: how “just enough” is all you need

Just because a thing is good doesn’t mean that you need more of it. “Lagom” teaches us to appreciate that “just enough” is all we need. Source: The Swedish philosophy of lagom: how “just enough” is all you need

Life is Great When It’s Ending; The Philosophy of Seneca

Getting older? Awesome!

What Cats Teach Us about Happiness

“Most of us would agree that cats and humans are vastly different. We tend to think of ourselves as more developed, as a higher species, not just because of our superior intelligence but also because we gave ourselves the gift of morality and ethics. Unlike cats, weknow about what’s good and evil, right and wrong, and we aspire to transcend our animalistic tendencies to improve morally and make the world a better place. Cats, on the other hand, don’t care about morals. They don’t have ambitions to improve the world either, nor themselves.

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We Worry About Problems We Don’t Even Have

Two people attend a house party, where they socialize with the same guests, drink from the same beer tap, and are exposed to the same music and atmosphere. They decide to share a taxi and drive home when the party is over as they live closely together. “That party really sucked,” one person says. “The beer was terrible, the DJ was really bad, and the guests were insufferable.” Then the other person says smiling joyfully: “Really? I just had the best party in years. It was awesome.”

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