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 …

10 Amazing Maxims For A Focused, Conscious Life

You cannot correct that which you do not know you’re doing incorrectly. You must catch your mistake before you can fix it. – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Letter 28.10 ZZZZZZZZ ……. The alarm rings! BZZZZZZZZZ!!! Time to wake up. Your brain fog  clears. The cognitive gears begin to grind and mesh together. The brain loads memories; the first Read More …

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 …

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 …