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 …

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 …

Stoicism When You’re Lonely

Feelings of being lonely are on the rise. In this post I explore a few ideas about how Stoicism could help to combat this. Coping with this, accepting it, and learning how to direct our own lives with some degree of grace and satisfaction. How many people feel lonely? It is estimated that around 60 million people in the Read More …

Letter 13. Trust your own judgment

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 13. Trust your own judgment The difficulties that life throws at us gives us the opportunity to deal with our thoughts in a rational way. Thoughts are the only things we can control. We can’t control Read More …

Stumped by Stoicism? Learn 7 key principles in under 1 min

Confusing, bewildering, information overload! These were my thoughts when I first started out with Stoicism. I knew I wanted a cohesive philosophy of life, but I wasn’t sure what the main points were. Failure to have philosophy of life guaranteed that I wasn’t making the most of my limited time. I soon realised that everyone Read More …