Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
February 7, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Remind Yourself of the Basic PrinciplesWhoever regards things that are not under their choice as good will be subject to envy and desire. They will flatter others and will be troubled. Whoever regards things that are not under their choice as evil shall be full of sorrow, will grieve, will lament, and will be unhappy.
February 3, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Train to Deal with Illness1. The purpose of training is to prepare you to face hardships, including illness. 2. Illness is a part of life. We should have our judgements ready and available to us when we need them – as when we get sick.
January 31, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Restrain Your Desires1. We constantly go after honours, but pay little attention to the nature of our judgements. 2. Constantly craving for more and more things leads to constant dissatisfaction. 3. The way out is to drop a few of your desires. Then you will get what you want.
January 27, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Train to Deal with Impressions1. Train every day to deal with impressions 2. Good and bad comes from your choices. What you don’t have control over is neither good nor bad. 3. If you judge every impression by this criterion, you will see progress.
January 20, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Pleasures of the Mind are Superior to the Pleasures of the BodyThree things belong to human beings: body, mind, and externals. Of these, mind is the best.
January 17, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Where You Train, There You Find Results1.Don’t spend time on one thing and expect results elsewhere. 2. A good person restricts his or her decisions to what is under their control. Such a person is invincible. 3. People tend to gravitate towards their natural object.
January 13, 2018 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Avoid Excuses and Train Everyday1. Sooner and later, illness and death will overtake us all. 2. So, instead of complaining, we should accept them cheerfully. 3. Aim to improve yourself every day.
December 20, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
The main objective of Stoic TrainingImpressions are the raw material we need to work with. By nature, we gravitate towards what is good and move away from what is bad. Our only concern is about our choices. Good and bad arise out of our choices and others have nothing to do with it.
December 16, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
Three Aspects of Stoic TrainingStoic practices fall into three areas: desire, action, and assent. Of these the most important and urgent is to deal with our desire. We should always be able to get what we want and always be able to avoid what we don’t want.
December 13, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English