A Better Way To Escape Pain

“Wanting to get out of pain is the pain; it is not the “reaction” of an “I” distinct from the pain. When you discover this, the desire to escape “merges” into the pain itself and vanishes.” When I read the above sentences recently in Alan Watts’ book The Wisdom of Insecurity, I had one of…

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What Are The Circles Of Concern?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the circles of concern are and how you can use them to guide your Stoic practice. Definition Of The Circles of Concern The Stoic philosopher Hierocles developed the circles of concern to describe Stoic cosmopolitanism in regard to oikeiôsis. Cosmopolitanism refers to the idea…

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What Is And Isn’t Within Your Control: A Cheatsheet

At the beginning of his Enchiridion, Epictetus gave the advice that went on to guide so much of Stoic practice: Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not within our power are our body,…

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What Are The Three Stoic Disciplines?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the three Stoic disciplines are and how you can use them to guide your Stoic practice. Definition Of The Three Stoic Disciplines The three Stoic disciplines, according to Stoic philosopher Epictetus, are what the aspiring Stoic must practise to live fully according to…

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How To Return To The Present Moment

If our human perceptions about time and space are to be trusted, we all exist in the present. We experience everything in the now. We are where we are now. We’re doing what we’re doing now. Because we’re deliberately focusing on it right now, we’re currently more conscious of this present existence. We’re actually present…

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What Is Living In Accordance With Nature?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the Stoic concept of living in accordance with Nature is and how you can use the concept to guide your Stoic practice. Definition Of Living In Accordance With Nature Living in accordance with Nature is one of those Stoic concepts that isn’t initially…

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How A Stoic Accepts Future Uncertainty

For me, the most difficult thing about future events is the shadow they can cast over the intervening days that lead up to them. Awareness of this state of affairs is, however, strangely comforting at the same time - that the most difficult thing about future events isn’t even the events themselves. Given I’ve made…

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What Is The Stoic Sage?

This short explainer will provide you with a straightforward understanding of what the Stoic sage is and how you can use the concept to guide your Stoic practice. Definition Of The Stoic Sage The Stoic sage refers to the person who is perfect in their practice of Stoicism. The sage, for example, meets the high…

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A Glossary Of Common Stoicism Terms

As you read books on Stoicism, you will inevitably encounter some concepts that are referred to by their ancient Greek and Latin terms. While these authentic Stoicism terms are usually well explained when referenced, it can be easy to forget them or even confuse one with another. So, with the help of Wikipedia and this…

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