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Exercise: Write Your Meditations Book One

Marcus Aurelius's Meditations is a collection of private notes the Roman Emperor wrote to himself for his own guidance and self-improvement. Written almost two thousand years ago, it remains one of the key texts on Stoic philosophy. Meditations consists of twelve books, covering different periods of Marcus's life. Book one begins as follows: 'From my…

Interview With Brittany Polat, Stoic Author And Blogger

Brittany Polat is an author of two books, a blogger at Apparent Stoic, and a contributor to the Modern Stoicism site. She has a keen interest in the application of the Stoic principles in modern life, and has even used them as part of a yoga practice as you can see in the video below:…

A Good Day

I don’t often confirm a "good day" unless a number of good things have happened. There needs to be a clear and heavy imbalance in favour of things going right, categorical and undisputed, before any contentment can ensue. I woke up early, I completed my work to-do list, I exercised, I read a chapter of…

Six Ways Stoicism Is Helping Me Train A Puppy

When you first get a puppy and you’ve owned it for a couple of days, your prevailing thought might be "what have I done?" Before you got her you watched just about every dog training video on YouTube, you read endless articles about what to feed her and how much mental and physical activity she…

7 Stoic Talks For Productive Binge-Watching

Do you ever get a feeling of emptiness after spending hours binge-watching a TV show? I do, it can feel like eating junk food - enjoyable at the time but with no lasting benefit or satisfaction. Binge-watching is what Robert Greene would call "dead time": While people wait for the right moment, there are two…

Exercise: Learn To Want What You Have

From an early age, largely thanks to advertising, we’re told it’s normal to be on a satisfaction treadmill.  We feel dissatisfied when we develop desires that are unfulfilled. We strive to fulfil these desires in the hope of satisfaction. Before long, the fulfilled desire becomes the new normal and is taken for granted. Then the…

Interview with Simon Drew, host of The Practical Stoic

Simon Drew is an alignment coach, a musician, and a trail runner, but if you have an interest in Stoicism you'll know him best as the host of the excellent Practical Stoic podcast. You can find Simon at https://www.simonjedrew.com/ and The Practical Stoic at https://practicalstoicpodcast.podbean.com/ It was great to be able interview Simon recently, and…

Stoic Resources For Uncertain Times

The world feels like a bad movie right now. People are losing their jobs, people are falling seriously ill, and worst of all, people are dying. That's the current reality of coronavirus/COVID-19. Workplaces and schools have been deserted, bustling cities have been emptied, whole countries have been locked down. Now, more than ever, it has…

What Does Your If-then-else Look Like?

In the world of computer science, “If–then–else” is a conditional statement in a programming language that performs different actions depending on whether a boolean condition evaluates to true or false.  In pseudo-code form, an If–then–else statement looks like this: If (boolean condition) Then    (consequent)Else    (alternative)End If In the non-computer world, when we set out to achieve something,…

The Stoicism Of Mac Miller

It’s Friday and you’re out browsing the local stores. You see something you want to buy but don’t have the money for right now. A yellow pair of sneakers. They’re unique, perfect, you. They’ve been on the market for a while but you just became aware of them. You resolve to save for them and…

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