Stoic Protection From the Dangers of Desire

Desire has a reliable way of making us view our lives through the lens of what we don’t have. This lens obscures from our sight the many blessings we already have and puts us into a discontented state of ungratefulness. There’s a passage in Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino’s novel in…

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How a Stoic Becomes a Saint

Becoming a Saint If you’re familiar with the work of Kurt Vonnegut, you’ll know he had a wonderful knack for crafting beauty out of very simple words. He did this not just in his books, but also when giving talks (this one is my favorite) and recounting conversations. Another source of…

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How to Count Each Day as a Separate Life

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. These are Seneca’s words from his 101st letter to his friend Lucilius. The message the Stoic philosopher was sending to his friend was that the future is unsure for everyone and that only Lucilius’s lack of focus…

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Young Plato: Teaching Stoicism in School

Young Plato is a documentary film that charts the dream of Elvis-loving school headmaster Kevin McArevey. Using philosophy, the maverick teacher sets out to change the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by urban decay, sectarian aggression, poverty, and drugs. The all-boys primary school Holy Cross in post-conflict Belfast, Northern…

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Book Review: Journal Like A Stoic

A 90-Day Stoicism Program to Live with Greater Acceptance, Less Judgment, and Deeper Intentionality The practice of journaling is one of those spiritual exercises whose value is evidenced by the fact that it has endured for hundreds and hundreds of years. It's inspiring to know that the writing we do…

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How To Remind Yourself Like Marcus Aurelius

In his Discourses, Epictetus tells us that the practice of Stoicism is nothing more complicated than good preparation for what lies ahead: But what is philosophy? Doesn’t it simply mean preparing ourselves for what may come?Epictetus, Discourses 3.10.6 By taking on the Wisdom of the ancients, by learning it and…

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A Stoic’s Easy 3-Part Evening Routine

The Stoic way to put the finishing touches on your day We rightly place a lot of importance on our morning routines. Even if we’re not consistently doing the things we know will help us prepare for the day, we at least know we should be. We know the benefits of…

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Book Review – The Quest for Character

It’s impossible to be a student of Stoic philosophy in the modern day without coming across the work of Massimo Pigliucci. The Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York is one the leading experts and popularizers of Stoicism in the early twenty-first century, having contributed books, talks,…

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The Micro Morning Meditations

Refreshingly simple Stoic morning routines delivered to you daily Monday to Friday The principles of Stoicism can help you do many things. For example: Quell your angerDiscard your anxietyOvercome your fearsBe a better friend to yourselfIncrease your peace of mindImprove your resilience in the face of life’s challenges But these…

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