The Stoic Secrets of Eliminating Anxiety

Do you feel at times that anxiety is building up from within? How does this make you feel? Is your jaw clenched, are your muscles tense and your thoughts jumbled? Everyone, from time to time, feels anxious in one form or other. There is no magic bullet for anxiety but at times this is exactly Read More …

How Being Present Makes Life Worth Living

Life is a struggle, so what makes it worth living? Perhaps we all should accept our flaws and misfortunes? Or maybe we all need to strive to improve, to better ourselves and our circumstances? I’m guessing that most people have a feeling that we could be doing things better. Or perhaps, other things altogether. This Read More …

A New Way To Think About Negativity

Negativity. At times we all fall prey to lingering on the less than positive. We may wallow in self-pity and turn tiny things into a huge dramas. In this post I share a few stoic related ideas to enable you to live the happy, fulfilling life you deserve. I start by examining people who forever Read More …

Why Death Is Only A Problem For The Living

Max Edwards is 16 and death is imminent. Five months ago, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He now measures time in distinct chunks, focusing on events – a holiday or a party. In this article I explore that while he is dying, he is dying well. Life and Death I struggled to read this article in Read More …

Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life of Purpose

Purpose: do you have one? Are you unsure to your passion and your direction in life? Don’t worry as you’re not alone. Most people are in the same situation. This post provides a few pointers to how you can gain some clarity, and start living. A Life of Purpose and Virtue Stoicism’s prime directives are Read More …

Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God by Greta Christina My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is short, direct and to the point, a little like this review. Here are the notes I made: The problem with death Death is an appalling and scary thought. Its hardwired into your Read More …

Avoid the Commodification of Old Age

Tech companies want to commodify your old age; after all it’s a profitable time of life. Slow economic growth and the fact that we’re all living longer means that inexpensive, high-technology solutions to elderly care are big business. For example, RoboCoach: It can’t fight crime or act as a butler but Robocoach is working with 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 …

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 …

Letter 12. ​Embrace age and its benefits

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 12. Embrace age and its benefits I’m feeling my age; memories are fading and gone are the days where I can act on impulse. If I do this now it hurts too much. Even tough structures Read More …