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Life Is A Mere Moment – Do As A Stoic Would And Live Immediately

In Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, the main character, Binx Bolling, periodically muses on the concept of a repetition. He first explains it as follows (if you’re like me, reading the explanation will need several repetitions before it sinks in!): “What is a repetition? A repetition is the re-enactment of past experience toward the end of…

A Very Brief Timeline Of The Origins Of Stoicism

Check out the infographic or text below for a very brief timeline of the origins of Stoicism, the philosophy founded over two thousand years ago by Zeno of Citium! Around 301 BC The first Stoics The founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, begins teaching in the colonnade in the Agora of Athens known as the Stoa Poikile. Taking their name…

The Best Stoic Tattoos

In his Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote, "The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts." In other words, what you frequently think about affects who you are and it's within your power to think mostly of things in line with your principles. If that seems too abstract, thanks to the centuries-old practice of tattooing,…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 3 of 3

This post covers the third and final week of the Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge. Click below for the first two weeks! Week 1Week 2 Day 15: Cut Out One Recurring Expense Of all the things that are, some are good, others bad, and yet others indifferent. The good are virtues and all…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 2 of 3

This post covers week 2 of the Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge. Click here for week 1! Day 8: Open Your Mind: Read Something by Someone You Disagree With “It is likely that you will ask me why I quote so many of Epicurus's noble words instead of words taken from our own…

Daily Stoic New Year New You Challenge – Week 1 of 3

In July I took the Daily Stoic Freedom Challenge and documented my progress here. It was an interesting experience, a challenge in discipline which I found worthwhile and rewarding. So when Daily Stoic announced their New Year New You challenge I was happy to sign up and use it as a kick-start for 2020. I…

The Best Stoicism Groups

One of the stranger misconceptions about Stoicism is that it is an individualistic philosophy focusing only on self-discipline. The reality is quite the opposite - Stoics believe, as Marcus Aurelius put it, that humans exist for the sake of one another. The extension of that message is that we should make an effort to socialise…

Four Stoic Questions To Ask When You’ve Been Criticised

The next time someone judges you, remember this: everyone judges everyone else by their own standards. The judgemental “I can’t believe you did that” is a thin mask for “I wouldn’t have done that”. The spotlight is projected onto someone else’s actions, often in a denigrating way, when actually the judgement is saying more about…

New Year’s Contributions

As each calendar year ends, most of us scramble to list areas of our lives we’re failing in and set about resolving to address those failures. We look within at these times. What am I dissatisfied with? My appearance? Relationships? My career or lack thereof? How can I fix these? The gym? Better communication? A…

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