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Welcome to the Prokopton blog! Here you’ll learn how to practice and apply Stoic principles for a happier, calmer life.

Stoicism is the practical application of ancient wisdom. It is a philosophy to live by. It can guide your choices leading to:

  • a happier life,
  • increased resilience,
  • more success, and
  • more positivity.

Join me on Prokopton.com as I explore these ideas. Learn from my mistakes and share in my successes. And don’t worry, Stoicism doesn’t turn you into Mr Spock.

Read on to find out a little more on Stoicism and Prokopton.com ……

Stoicism Explored on Prokopton.com

The Stoics presented their philosophy as a way of life. They thought that the best sign of an individual’s philosophy was not what a person said but how that person behaved.

On Prokopton.com I explore four main ideas:

  1. Value – a mental state aligned with virtue and reason is more important than money, success or fame.
  2. Emotions – emotional thinking leads to assumptions and unwanted feelings. If we judge something as good or bad we may be mistaken. This may lead to negative feelings. Yet, these judgements are within our control. Stoics view emotions with detachment and realise that if judgements change, then emotions change.
  3. Nature – we can live in harmony with Nature. We are tiny parts of a bigger, interconnected whole. We are subject to forces which are outside of our control. Refusing to acknowledge this leads to dissapointment and frustration. Understand and accept this fact.
  4. Control – we can only control our own thoughts and intentions. Everything else is outside of our control. Trying to affect this leads to unhappiness. From the opening paragraph of The Enchiridion:

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, persuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in a word, whatever are not our own actions

So what can you expect on Prokopton.com? Here’s a summary:

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My favourite posts. You don’t need to read all my posts on Prokopton.com at once. Your time is precious and I’ve written a lots of articles. Here’s what I suggest for beginners:

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More?

Check my archives page, which contains all the articles on this blog. You can also visit some of my favourite websites about Stoicism too:

  • The Immoderate Stoic: the practical application of Stoic ideas; also has an excellent podcast too. Lots of actionable take-aways.
  • Painted PorchOne of the best Stoic podcasts on the Internet.
  • Stoicism TodayExeter University’s is the UK hotbed of Stoic understanding; this is their blog.
  • Philosophy of CBTCBT psychotherapist and Stoic, Donald Robertson.
  • Stoic by Design: Chris Lowe’s blog. A beginner’s guide to stoicism, and a journal of its modern application.
  • How To Be A StoicAn evolving guide to practical Stoicism for the 21st century.

Have I missed your favourite website? Contact me.

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