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Never Cease To Ask “Why”

Never Cease To Ask “Why”

“Why” is one of the most important questions that anyone can ask, and can continue to ask, in daily living. The simple three-letter word provides the magnifying glass that looks into why we do what we do, why we say what we say, and why we believe what we believe....

Taming Fire: The Stoics On Anger

Taming Fire: The Stoics On Anger

At some point today, you will likely feel the jolt of anger. It might be on your commute home when someone cuts you off in traffic, or during an unpleasant interaction with your boss. Anger, in a primal sense, is a defense mechanism. It accelerates us to action during...

The Ego Hates Being Content And At Peace, But Why?

The Ego Hates Being Content And At Peace, But Why?

In the context of modern culture, the ego is often very partially defined as “big-headedness” or feeling superior or inferior to what you actually are. However, this is just one aspect of the entire functioning of the ego. A fuller definition of the ego would be the...

The Politician, The Writer, And His Final Act

The Politician, The Writer, And His Final Act

In his later years, Seneca the Younger walked a rare line between the edge of immense political power and deep philosophical introspection. Beyond his philosophical writing, Seneca’s political career and his twilight years are dramatic, chaotic, and subject to much...

Are You Living With The World’s Worst Roommate?

Are You Living With The World’s Worst Roommate?

If you have ever lived away from home, maybe for a job, for college or university, you might have experienced a pretty terrible roommate one time or another. In fact, you may be unfortunate enough to have had a good few of them. Maybe they never did their dishes, left...

Experiment: Act As If You Have Already Arrived

Experiment: Act As If You Have Already Arrived

One extremely interesting life experiment to try is, at least for a little while, to act as if you have already arrived at your destination, not as if you have somewhere else to get to or to be. To act as if there is nothing to do or accomplish at all, if only for a...

The Early Years Of Seneca The Younger

The Early Years Of Seneca The Younger

In the heart of the Roman Empire, in what's now modern-day Spain, Lucius Annaeus Seneca was born in 4 BC. This child, known to us now as Seneca the Younger, would grow to become not only a leading figure of Stoicism but also an enduring symbol of the power of...

2 Days To Live: What Are You Contemplating?

2 Days To Live: What Are You Contemplating?

One of the most popular thought experiments is to imagine if you were told that you had one month or only a few weeks to live. What would you do? How would you spend your time? It’s likely that you would do a lot of things. There would be some lifelong dreams...

How To Journal Like A Stoic

How To Journal Like A Stoic

Epictetus once asserted, "An unexamined life is not worth living." If we’re living in the world without reflecting and meditating on our actions and virtues, we’re missing an opportunity to live a more integrated and meaningful life. For the Stoics, writing and...

The Making Of A Philosopher

The Making Of A Philosopher

Before Marcus Aurelius donned the golden laurel wreath as the Roman Emperor, he was a seeker of wisdom, a diligent scholar, and a curious young man growing up in the heart of Rome. Born into the Annius family in 121 AD, Marcus was of noble lineage and had access to...

The Weekly Stoic: What Is The Flow State?

The Weekly Stoic: What Is The Flow State?

The flow state - or “the zone” as it is sometimes referred to - is the experience of being completely immersed in an activity. It can occur in any creative endeavour and is where thinking subsides and actions effortlessly flow from within us, often producing our best...

Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy Of Good

Don’t Let Perfect Be The Enemy Of Good

Why do we often find ourselves tangled in a net of perfectionism? Because we’re afraid to fail.  The Stoics reminded us of the perils of focusing solely on the destination and not the journey itself. Marcus Aurelius said,  "Progress is not achieved by luck or...

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

You may have heard one time from some guy with a long white beard that ‘all is oneness’. Or perhaps that your very nature is peace. Or that you are not who you think you are, as you are given a mystical glance.  That’s great. But so what? Diving into or realising...

A Day In The Life Of Emperor Marcus Aurelius

A Day In The Life Of Emperor Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius ruled the Roman Empire (161-180 AD) as a philosopher-king, deeply rooted in the principles of Stoicism. But even with his considerable power, he led a life of simplicity and discipline, guided by a strong moral compass. Today, we peek into the daily...

The Gift Of Giving

The Gift Of Giving

We all know that it can get difficult in there sometimes. Mental health is finally becoming less of a stigma, and it is saving men and women alike from having a torrid time inside their own heads. After all, whether we realise it consciously or not, our biggest...

What You Are Used To Vs What Is Right

What You Are Used To Vs What Is Right

As human beings, most of the time, we like to think that we are right. After all, if we knew that we were definitely wrong about something, we would almost definitely change our minds about it, so we would be right again. That means, whether we realise it or not, most...

Modern Stoics

Modern Stoics

Stoicism has gained mainstream popularity due to its practical applicability in handling stress, adversity, and emotional turmoil. It's a philosophy rooted in accepting life's challenges, understanding what is within our control, and letting go of what is not. In an...

The Stoic’s On Charity

The Stoic’s On Charity

The Stoics took a pragmatic approach to money and how it can improve the world. For the Stoics, hoarding unnecessary wealth was seen as impractical and immoral. That isn’t to say that the Stoics disregarded money entirely. Money was a tool that allowed an individual...

From Slave To Philosophical Giant

From Slave To Philosophical Giant

Born in AD 50 in present-day Turkey, Epictetus spent much of his life in Rome as a slave. This experience had a profound impact on his philosophy and outlook on the world.  Despite his lowly status, Epictetus's brilliant intellect and profound insights into the human...

Do Your Thoughts Bother You?

Do Your Thoughts Bother You?

Whether they be slightly bothersome thoughts from time to time or complete mind attacks that some people experience, thoughts can be one of the most, if not the most, powerful forces in our lives. One of the most life-changing realisations I made a few years ago, with...

Reframing Negativity

Reframing Negativity

In the face of life's inevitable struggles, we often find ourselves at a loss for how to respond. Stoic philosopher, Epictetus, offers valuable guidance on coping with adversity and discovering meaning in even the most trying situations. Born a slave in the Roman...

The Hero’s Journey — Illusions And Pitfalls

The Hero’s Journey — Illusions And Pitfalls

The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal story pattern in which the main character conquers challenges, finds purpose, defeats enemies and becomes the idealised version of themselves. The hero is the centrepiece of their own world: the liberator, the achiever, the cream of...

The Deeper Wisdom Of Memento Mori

The Deeper Wisdom Of Memento Mori

How often do you think of the phrase "Memento Mori"?  This solemn reminder, "remember that you will die," has reverberated through the ages, becoming a cornerstone of Stoic thought. Yet, these words are often only pondered when we think of death, neglecting the...

Marcus Aurelius And Living In The Present Moment

Marcus Aurelius And Living In The Present Moment

It's easy to lose ourselves in the endless torrent of information and distractions that bombard us daily. Which makes the lessons of the Stoics and Marcus Aurelius more relevant than ever. Aurelius' meditations on mindfulness, self-awareness, and the power of the...

The Stoic Approach To Accepting Fate

The Stoic Approach To Accepting Fate

Let's first address the elephant in the room: accepting fate is hard. It's especially difficult when the things that happen to us in life are painful, tragic, or unfair. It's natural to want to resist, to fight back, to try and change our circumstances. But there are...

The Art Of Non-Attachment

The Art Of Non-Attachment

The human mind is a powerful tool that can create both joy and suffering. Many of us have been conditioned to believe that our happiness is dependent on external circumstances such as material possessions, relationships, or achievements. In other words, how the world...

Practicing Acceptance

Practicing Acceptance

Life is unpredictable, and naturally, we encounter events that we may not want or enjoy. How many times have you been running late, only to find yourself caught in traffic or behind a slow driver? If we don’t accept that things like this are normal, and expected parts...

Societal Expectations And Personal Fulfillment

Societal Expectations And Personal Fulfillment

From an early age, we're told to strive for success, wealth, and status, often at the cost of our personal fulfillment.  Just look at the recent wave of burnout experienced by white-collar workers worldwide. Despite being more connected than ever, our obsession with...

Inner Freedom And Outer Success

Inner Freedom And Outer Success

We all aspire to achieve success in our personal and professional lives, but at what cost? Do we compromise our inner peace and freedom in the pursuit of success?  Inner freedom refers to the state of being free from mental and emotional constraints, the ability to...

Freeing Yourself From Your Samskaras

Freeing Yourself From Your Samskaras

As we discussed last week with the Introduction to Samskaras email, samskaras are formed from our past experiences and are stored in the unconscious mind. They are essentially mental or emotional ‘blocks’ that have formed when we couldn’t quite let a past experience...

The Indian Philosophy Term That Is Running Your Life

The Indian Philosophy Term That Is Running Your Life

“Your baggage dictates your life”. The term Samskara is a word from Sanskrit which describes the stored energy patterns that are kept stored deep within us and that often dictate our entire lives, without us ever realizing. Many people in the west, even those that are...

The Power Of Now

The Power Of Now

The primary theme of Eckhart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now”, is that only the present moment is real and meaningful and everything else but the present is a distraction and an illusion.  Does this sound familiar?   Tolle was influenced by the Stoics, specifically...

Self Respect And Stoicism

Self Respect And Stoicism

Joan Didion's essay "On Self Respect" explores the importance of self-respect in one's life and how it can be cultivated and maintained. At the core of Didion's argument is that self-respect is essential for a fulfilling life and that our actions inform our sense of...

Stoic Justice And Social Media

Stoic Justice And Social Media

The Stoic concept of justice is a powerful tool for understanding our obligations to each other in the digital world we live in today. At its core, the Stoics conceptualized Justice as a framework for how we should act and make judgements in accordance with the...

New Year Wisdom From Zeno Of Citium

New Year Wisdom From Zeno Of Citium

As we begin the new year, it's always helpful to have some guidance and perspective on how to make the most of the coming months. One person whose wisdom has stood the test of time is Zeno of Citium, the ancient Greek philosopher who founded the Stoic school of...

The Mindful Stoic

The Mindful Stoic

Stoicism and Mindfulness have both become increasingly popular in recent years. Both approaches focus on the present moment and the cultivation of inner peace and calm, but there are some essential differences between the two that can aid in the practice of either. ...

On Starting Over

On Starting Over

The concept of starting over is an often overlooked gift in our fast-paced, goal-oriented society. We are constantly told to strive for success and to never give up, but sometimes we’re reminded that the path to success is not a straight line. There are times when we...

Year-End Gratitude

Year-End Gratitude

As the year comes to a close, many of us neglect to take the time to reflect on the past 12 months and give thanks for the good things in our lives. According to the Stoics, true happiness comes from within and cannot be found in external things like wealth, fame, or...

The Stoic Concept of Apatheia

The Stoic Concept of Apatheia

Apatheia, often translated as "imperturbability" or "tranquility," is a state of being free from negative emotions and passions. That doesn’t mean that the Stoics believed in suppressing or denying their emotions, but rather, they strived to cultivate a detached and...

What is The View From Above in Stoicism?

What is The View From Above in Stoicism?

What is The View From Above in Stoicism?"Think of the universal substance, of which thou hast a very small portion; and of universal time, of which a short and indivisible interval has been assigned to thee; and of that which is fixed by destiny, and how small a part...

What is The Inner Citadel in Stoicism?

What is The Inner Citadel in Stoicism?

What is The Inner Citadel in Stoicism?"Nowhere you can go is more peaceful - more free of interruptions - than your own soul." - Marcus AureliusThe Inner Citadel in Stoicism is a concept that has many adaptations, plenty of history and interpretations. The Roman...

Summum Bonum Meaning: Aim For The Highest Good

Summum Bonum Meaning: Aim For The Highest Good

Summum Bonum Meaning: Aim For The Highest Good“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn't matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honoured. Dying... or busy with other assignments.” - Marcus AureliusSummum Bonum - meaning "Highest Good" - is a...

Amor Fati: Your Guide On How To Love Your Fate

Amor Fati: Your Guide On How To Love Your Fate

Amor Fati: Your Guide On How To Love Your Fate“That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it….but love it.” - Friedrich NietzscheAlthough the famous German philosopher...

Marcus Aurelius Quotes – Meditations

Marcus Aurelius Quotes – Meditations

Marcus Aurelius Quotes - Meditations"It is the definitive text on self-discipline, personal ethics, humility, self-actualization and strength." - Ryan HolidayJust under 2000 years ago, the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius recorded private notes to himself about the...

Stoicism Clothing – Wear the Stoic Philosophy

Stoicism Clothing – Wear the Stoic Philosophy

Stoicism Clothing - Wear the Stoic Philosophy"Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it." - EpictetusThe Stoics were never ones for flamboyancy. Whether that be amazing conceptualisations, hypotheses, theories about how to live life or vanity in the way that they dress...

Stoicism Will Get You Through Challenging Times

Stoicism Will Get You Through Challenging Times

Stoicism Will Get You Through Challenging Times "To bear trials with a calm mind robs misfortune of its strength and burden." - Seneca If you are somewhat familiar with Stoicism, you will know that Stoics relish the difficult and more challenging times. Life is a...

What Is Stoicism?

What Is Stoicism?

What Is Stoicism?"Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus AureliusStoicism is an ancient philosophy that dates back over two thousand years. Unlike other forms of philosophy that usually prioritise lots of thinking and abstract...