Stoic Meditations

5 years 8 months ago #312272 by Reacher
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I recently purchased the book The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Steven Hanselman. It has a year's worth of daily passages meant to offer wisdom from the famous stoics of antiquity. I have been reading one a day for two weeks, and the experience has been very enriching. I'd like to try dictating them here in the hope that someone find them as edifying as I have. I may miss a day or two sometimes, but I'll catch up.

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Thanks, and I hope this resonates!

One in the Force,

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5 years 8 months ago #312273 by Reacher
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January 15th
Peace Is In Staying The Course

"Tranquility can't be grasped except by those who have reached an unwavering and firm power of judgment - the rest constantly fall and rise in their decisions, wavering in a state of alternately rejecting and accepting things. What is the cause of this back and forth? It's because nothing is clear and they rely on the most uncertain guide - common opinion."
Seneca, Moral Letters, 95.57b-58a

In Seneca's essay on tranquility, he uses the Greek word euthymia, which he defines as "believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction." It is this state of mind, he says, that produces tranquility.

Clarity of vision allows us to have this belief. That's not to say we're always going to be 100 percent certain of everything, or that we even should be. Rather, it's that we can rest assured we're heading generally in the right direction - that we don't need to constantly compare ourselves with other people or change our mind every three seconds based on new information.

Instead, tranquility and peace are found in identifying our path and in sticking to it: staying the course - making adjustments here and there, naturally - but ignoring the distracting sirens who beckon us to turn toward the rocks.
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The Daily Stoic: 365 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance and the Art of the Living
by Ryan Holiday is an excellent resource and one that I use as part of my daily practice.

Stoicism is a practical philosophy for life that can be applied by anyone willing to give it a go. It is a daily pursuit. In addition the advantages have been well documented. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy borrows much from the Stoics. More and more psychologists are picking it up along with mindfulness as modalities for treating conditions such as depression, anxiety and grief as well as substance abuse.

Over the last two years I have taken part in Stoic Week which usually runs in October. Everyday a different theme is explored and participants are invited to apply Stoic practices. There is also a four week course which runs through .

Excellent books to read on modern Stoicism include:
A Guide to the Good Life (The ancient art of Stoic Joy) by William Irvine
How to be a Stoic: Ancient wisdom for modern living by Massimo Pigliucci
Stoicism and the Art of Happiness by Donald Robertson

Then of course there are the required readings:

by Marcus Aurelius
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca
The Discourses by Epictetus

In my view Marcus Aurelius was the First Real World Jedi! Truly inspirational character and someone whose writings inspires me to be a better person.

Combined with the Jedi practices of meditation, physical exercise, study, application and service the Stoic philosophy is a perfect match for the Jedi philosopher.

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I found stoicism about a year ago and I love the pragmatic philosophy. I hadn't found this one yet. Thanks for the tip!

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5 years 8 months ago #312366 by Reacher
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January 16th
Never Do Anything Out Of Habit

"So in he majority of other things, we address circumstances not in accordance with the right assumptions, but mostly by following wretched habit. Since all that I've said is the case, the person in training must seek to rise above, so as to stop seeking out pleasure and steering away from pain; to stop clinging to living and abhorring death; and in the case of property and money, to stop valuing receiving over giving."
Musonius Rufus, Lectures, 6.25.5-11

A worker is asked: "Why did you do it this way?" The answer, "Because that's the way we've always done things." The answer frustrates every good boss and sets the mouth of every entrepreneur watering. The worker has stopped thinking and is mindlessly operating out of habit. The business is ripe for disruption by a competitor, and the worker will probably get fired by any thinking boss.

We should apply the same ruthlessness to our own habits. In fact, we are studying philosophy to break ourselves of rote behavior. Find what you do out of rote memory or routine. Ask yourself: Is this really the best way to do it? Know why you do what you do - do it for the right reasons.
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5 years 8 months ago #312483 by Reacher
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January 17th
Reboot The Real Work

"I am your teacher and you are learning in my school. My aim is to bring you to completion, unhindered free from compulsive behavior, unrestrained, without shame, free, flourishing, and happy, looking to God in things great and small - your aim is to learn and diligently practice all these things. Why then don't you complete the work, if you have the right aim and I have both the right aim and right preparation? What is missing?...The work is quite feasible, and is the only thing in our power...Let go of the past. We must only begin. Believe me and you will see."
Epictetus, Discourses, 2.19.29-34

Do you remember, in school or early in your life, being afraid to try something because you feared you might fail at it? Most teenagers choose to fool around rather than exert themselves. Halfhearted, lazy effort gives them a ready-made excuse: "It doesn't matter. I wasn't even trying."

As we get older, failure is not so inconsequential anymore. What's at stake is not some arbitrary grade or intramural sports trophy, but the quality of your life and your ability to deal with the world around you.

Don't let that intimidate you, though. You have the best teachers in the world: the wisest philosophers who ever lived. And not only are you capable, te professor is asking for something very simple: just begin the work. The rest follows.
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