Want Contentment? Don’t Travel, Use Reason – Letter 28

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 28 Seneca describes no matter how much you travel, you won’t be able to escape your thoughts. Lots of people travel to shake off gloomy thoughts. But you’ll find that no matter how far you Read More …

Good Character Is Invaluable – Letter 27

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 27 Seneca describes the importance of having a good character. You may ask why I’m giving you some advice, especially when I’m not perfect myself. No, before you say it, I’m not a Read More …

Three Simple Ideas To Peace and Contentment

Two books I’ve read recently have helped me to clarify my thoughts on where peace and contentment come from in our lives. These are, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner. In this post I’ll explore some of the ideas from these books. They don’t present many new ideas. Read More …

A Stoic Guide to Reducing Suffering in Your Life

Imagine that there’s an object that’s been irritating you and causing suffering in your life. It causes you to be unhappy, to be stressed, to procrastinate, to be distracted. It generates anger, dissatisfaction and much more. Sounds awful, right? Now imagine there were techniques that could counteract this suffering. This is where the ethics and virtues Read More …

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 …

STOICON 2016 – Q&A with Massimo Pigliucci

STOICON is an annual meeting of people interested in exploring Stoicism as a philosophy of life. It is part of a series of public activities related to Stoicism, centered around the Stoicism Today and Stoic Week initiatives. In this post Massimo Pigliucci, the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, answers some questions about 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 …

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 …