Freedom Is Having A Mind Superior To Injury

Here is a short but powerful thought from the Stoic philosopher Seneca’s essay On the Constancy of the Wise: Liberty is having a mind superior to injury, a mind that makes itself the only source from which its pleasures spring, that separates itself from all external things, avoiding the unquiet…

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How to Build a Stoic Mindset

The following is a short look at Mark Tuitert’s new book, The Stoic Mindset. By way of an intro, here is a snippet from the book’s description: Elite sportsman Mark Tuitert used the principles of Stoic philosophy to become an Olympic gold medallist, champion athlete and successful entrepreneur, overcoming a…

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Why Stoicism Is Not A Passive Philosophy

We all have things we’re attached to. Think of possessions, places, pursuits, and people in your life (or other things that don’t begin with P) that you couldn’t do without. Maybe you have worked hard to accumulate material items you’ve always wanted to have, built a good reputation in your…

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Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor

The following is a short commentary on Donald Robertson's new book, Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor. From the book’s description: This novel biography brings Marcus Aurelius (121–180 CE) to life for a new generation of readers… as Robertson skillfully weaves together Marcus’s inner journey as a philosopher with the outer…

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Seneca’s Mental Remedies For Anger

One of the nice things about the morning time is that you have some distance from what lies ahead. You have a little space into which you can stretch. You can mentally reach into the day and prepare for what comes your way. It's difficult to feel anger, for example,…

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Give Yourself Permission To Practice Philosophy

One of the best TED Talks I’ve ever seen was by the actor Ethan Hawke. It’s called “Give yourself permission to be creative” and it’s all about the importance of expressing yourself and doing what you love. It doesn’t have the traditional TED feel due to the absence of a…

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A Stoic Response to Being Judged

It’s likely that today you’ll be judged in some form. Other people will have their say on your actions. It’s natural human behavior: we all rely on our reasoning skills, experience, and principles to determine whether we approve or disapprove of what others are doing. That point is worth remembering…

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Why Your Insignificance Isn’t A Bad Thing

We're so close to the stories we tell ourselves about our own lives that we often can't see beyond them. If you're like me, you've probably faced a problem that seemed to be the most important problem that anyone on the planet was facing at that time. You're so embedded…

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