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 Art of Stoic Perception

PocketStoic is a project which I’m following with great interest. The team has released a free book: The Art of Stoic Perception: 24 Ancient Techniques for Creating an Invincible Mind.  Stoicism reached its height of popularity in Imperial Rome. The fall of the empire resulted in the destruction of the majority of Stoic works. The Read More …

Why Stoics Should Love The Golden Rule

Do you follow the Golden Rule? This is a moral maxim or principle of altruism found in many human cultures and religions. It goes something like: Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. In this post I’ll outline why and how the Golden Rule fits into the Stoic ethical framework. A framework 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 …

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 …

The Transformative Power of Stoic Gratitude

How much gratitude do you show? Many studies have shown a clear correlation between gratitude and increased well-being. This is not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies. To increase well-being they have begun to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement. Although in Read More …

Robots, Taxation and Slavery

Most people misunderstand Stoicism. They believe that Stoics are unemotional robots. It’s this misconception that draws me, from time to time, to think about the role of robots in society today. And perhaps how they are like our version of slaves. And also, what the consequences of their unstoppable march are on society. Firstly, should Read More …

Why I Don’t Love Luck (And Why You Shouldn’t Too!)

People are irrational. They believe in luck. One manifestation of this is the scramble to buy National Lottery tickets. As of last October last year you had around a one in 14 million chance of winning. This is when there were 49 balls, now that there are 59 balls you’ll now have a one in Read More …

Stoicism – A Visual Guide

Stoicism: Pictures not Words Stoicism helps to formulate a coherent philosophy of life. Stoics thought that the best indication of an individual’s philosophy was not what a person said but how that person behaved. This requires that we should learn about and apply Stoic principles and techniques. This helps to maximise rationality and reason and in turn develops self-control Read More …

OCD – An Indifferent, Not An Excuse

If superstar footballer David Beckham wants to put a can of pop in his fridge, his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) immediately causes him a problem: ‘I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I need to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,’ he said. ‘I’ll put my Pepsi cans Read More …