The Most Important Idea For Finding Happinesss

The present moment: Seneca used a rule of thumb, learned from Hecato of Rhodes: Hecato says, ‘cease to hope and you will cease to fear.’ . . . The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead. – Seneca, Moral Letters, Read More …

Simple Ideas On How To Cultivate A Stoic Mind

In this post I look a simple series of questions which can help clear your mind for rational thinking. And to suggest how simple changes in language can lead to tranquility and an anxiety free life. A Simple Truth Stoics, understood a simple truth. It’s important to distinguish between what is under our control, and Read More …

The Inconvenient Truth About Living A Happy Life

Do you believe that you can control most things? If so, then you’re wrong. While you may think that you’re in control in reality you aren’t. In this post I’ll explore why control is an illusion. Why we spend a huge amount of time in a quest to gain control, security and comfort.  This is Read More …

Stoic Control: the Overlooked Factor You Must Know About

Stoicism teaches that you should accept things you cannot control or change. But how exactly do you know what you can and can’t control or change? And what is the one often overlooked reason which can lead to success? In this post I’ll explore some ideas and techniques that have been helpful to me. They Read More …

Want Contentment? Don’t Travel, Use Reason – Letter 28

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 28 Seneca describes no matter how much you travel, you won’t be able to escape your thoughts. Lots of people travel to shake off gloomy thoughts. But you’ll find that no matter how far you Read More …

The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism

The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism: While I have lots of ideas and thoughts about Stoicism, it occurred to me that I tend to jumble them together. When trying to describe the main concepts and themes they often blur together. This conspires to make Stoicism sound more complex than it needs to be. In Read More …

How to do your Stoic Duty

Should you have a duty to others, even if they are not virtuous? In Book II of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius he suggests: When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell Read More …

Stoic Facts About Insults That Will Impress Your Friends

Insults. We all get them from time to time. Even small negative criticisms can affect us for a long time. We dwell upon them and the intentions behind them. In this post I explore how we can stoically deal with put-downs; remaining calm, rational and stress free. Insults and The Emotional Brain After we hear Read More …

Reflections on Stoic Week 2015

As I worked through each day in Stoic Week 2015 I jotted down some thoughts. These were a quick and dirty stream of consciousness, my ideas and musings. The themes of each day unfolded, and I wrote. I found this exercise to be helpful in clarifying the suggested daily exercises. Reading these back, you could Read More …

There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance

Has Britain got its priorities right? I’m sure we all work with people who look at relaxation and the desire to have a life outside of the office as suspect. Take Jeremy Corbyn for instance; he takes a vacation to Scotland and he gets it in the neck. Why can’t he have some time off? It doesn’t Read More …