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 …

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 …

Learning Stoicism from Stockdale

James Bond Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was an American and United States Navy vice admiral. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War where he was a prisoner of war for over seven years. During this time he credited Stoic philosophy with helping him cope. Read on to 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 …

How to be a Spiritual Stoic

Often people say they are ‘spiritual.’ When they do, what thoughts spring to mind? Is this an expression of belief, of faith or something else? If a person is spiritual, does that mean they reject rationality? As an atheist it is easy for people to assume that I have no connection with the universe. Apart, Read More …

Facing Fear The Right Way

I think most of us have one fear or another. A fear may lurk in our subconscious mind. Hidden away in a dark corner. A fear that you’d rather not confront head on. Something that you wish would go away. Something that you wish would leave you alone. In this post I’ll explore why you 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 …