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 …

Amor Fati: How To Learn To Love Your Choices

Choices: The world is what it is. The things that happen to us, are what they are. People will do what they do. A huge source of unhappiness, in my opinion, is the inability most of us have is accepting the ups and downs of life and the choices that result from these. In other Read More …

How to experience joy – Letter 23

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 23 Seneca describes how to experience joy. I guess I could write about all the trivial things people usually do, but I won’t. In this letter I want to emphasize that happiness doesn’t 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 …

Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy

William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009) is one of the best-selling and most immediately accessible introductions to Stoic philosophy. It’s one I recommend to people who are new to Stoicism and want to learn more about it. I do, however, advise you to read The Antidote by Read More …

Stumped by Stoicism? Learn 7 key principles in under 1 min

Confusing, bewildering, information overload! These were my thoughts when I first started out with Stoicism. I knew I wanted a cohesive philosophy of life, but I wasn’t sure what the main points were. Failure to have philosophy of life guaranteed that I wasn’t making the most of my limited time. I soon realised that everyone Read More …

Letter 6. Know yourself to improve yourself

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 6. Know yourself to improve yourself Being able to identify and work on areas of personal improvement is important. Of course, there will always be something to enhance, it’s an ongoing life-long project. Share 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 …

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

The light hearted cover of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking can fool the reader into thinking this is an easy read. In fact, The Antidote is a powerful argument for embracing ambiguity and uncertainty (which includes our fear of death). It explores Stoicism, meditation, philosophy and psychology, mixed with offbeat situations and 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 …