Implementing Stoicism Day 26 – A Theoretical Discussion With Marcus Aurelius

In this article we will have a hypothetical discussion with one of the most prominent Stoic philosophers and Roman emperors, Marcus Aurelius. We will consider any weak spots in his thinking and also attempt to clarify his theoretical position.  Before we begin, it is important to note that…

Implementing Stoicism Day 25 – Meditating on World Fire

In this article we will reflect on the Stoic notion of “world fire”. What does it mean and how can pondering about it be beneficial for us? Early Stoic philosophers were prominent theoretical thinkers and they covered many subjects with their philosophy. They asked metaphysical questions about the…

Implementing Stoicism Day 24 – Meditating on the Cosmos and Our Place in it

This article will focus on the vastness of the universe and our place within it. Understanding the relation between our personal and communal worlds within the universe can bring us to beneficial conclusions.  In ancient Greek philosophy, the universe was understood as a vast organism. They believed every…

Implementing Stoicism Day 23 – Rebutting Negative Thoughts

In this article we will learn the most effective ways to rebut negative thoughts. But firstly, we need to be familiar with the nature of such thoughts. In today’s contemporary world, we are constantly under siege by an onslaught of different information. As our lives become faster, it…

Implementing Stoicism Day 22 – When Offended, Take a Deep Breath

In this article, we will learn how a Stoic would deal with insults. Their insights can help us remain “cool” in difficult situations.  Insults can be hard to deal with, especially if you are having a bad day. Being insulted can have varying consequences, ranging from petty quarrels…

Implementing Stoicism Day 21 – Keep Change and Death in Mind

In this article we will reflect on change and death in relation to Stoic thought. Learning to accept change and death can help us to acknowledge the present and attain true happiness. People often experience stress when a big change threatens to influence or change their lives. There…

Implementing Stoicism Day 20 – How Do They (Not) Sin?

In this article, we will talk about what causes others to sin or to remain virtuous. What does it mean to be virtuous, and how can we recognize others’ virtues and vices? In Stoic philosophy, virtues are considered to be the highest good one can attain. Therefore, living…

Implementing Stoicism Day 19 – View Life From Above

In this article we will talk about the benefits of an objective perspective, or adopting an impartial “view from above”. People tend to believe their unique worldview is the universal truth. Alternatively, we often think of things that conflict with our beliefs as false. When something is subjected…

Sublime Buddhist States: What is loving kindness (Metta)?

One of the consequences of reaching Nirvana is the ability to experience the four sublime attitudes or states. These states govern our lives, decisions, guide our thoughts and reign in on our relationship with others. Loving kindness is one of those states, followed by compassion, empathetic joy and…

Implementing Stoicism Day 18 – Imagine How Life Would Be If You Lose All You Have Now

In this article we will direct our attention to a meditation exercise on loss. This meditation will prepare you for inevitable losses and loosen your attachment to things you don’t control.  When we lose something we treasure deeply we usually feel upset or angry. We think of such…
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