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July 24, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Appropriate action || Stoic Self-help || Stoicism ||

How to Deal with Insults

Insults take many shapes and forms. When we take something as an insult, we may be justified in doing so. Or we might be misinterpreting the situation. Or we may be seeing things that are not there. Depending on how sensitive you are, you can see many things as insulting.

July 21, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Stoic Self-help || Stoicism ||

How to Deal with Worries

We worry about many things: about the way we have lived our lives, about what is happening around us now, or what might happen in the future. Yet we may not even be clear as to the specific reasons we are anxious.

July 14, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Seneca || Stoicism ||

How to be Happy — Seneca’s Dozen

the Stoic philosopher Seneca lays down the path to happiness: What are basics of happiness, what is the path to happiness, how to handle pleasure, how to practice virtue, how to enjoy money that may come your way, and, most of all, how to understand yourself.

July 10, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Epictetus' Discourses || Stoicism ||

Ten Marks of a Free Person

Epictetus was born unfree. He was a slave because his mother was a slave. When he became free, he thought and taught a lot about how to be free. In fact, his longest discourse in his four-book Discourses deals with human freedom.

July 7, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Epictetus' Discourses || Stoicism ||

12 Training Methods of Epictetus

How does one train to be Stoic? What are the most critical areas we should focus on? In his third book of Discourses, Epictetus discusses about a dozen things we should be concerned about when we train ourselves to be Stoics. 

July 3, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Epictetus' Discourses || Stoicism ||

Ten Stoic Choices of Epictetus

This is one of the most fundamental choices one can make. As long as you confine your choices to what is under your control, you will be free, happy, and serene.

June 30, 2021 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Epictetus' Discourses || Stoicism ||

Stoic Foundations: Epictetus’ Ten

Stoicism, especially as taught by Epictetus, consists of a few major themes that he repeats over and over again — sometimes in exactly the same way, sometimes in a different way. The first book of his Discourses summarizes all his basic themes.

April 24, 2020 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Anger || Seneca || Stoic Self-help || Stoicism ||

Why is anger destructive

1. Anger has done greater damage to humankind than any plague. 2. Both individuals and communities are destroyed by it. 3. Even a semblance of anger is enough to cause damage.

April 20, 2020 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Mindfulness || Stoic Self-help || Stoicism || Uncategorized ||

How To Be Mindful

Mindfulness is not a standard Stoic term, but the concept plays an important role in Stoic thinking. For our purposes, if we define mindfulness as the art of paying deliberate attention, then we will see its critical role in moving us towards Stoic virtues and towards the good life.

April 17, 2020 - The Stoic Gym Blog
Tag(s): Appropriate action || Stoic Self-help || Stoicism ||

How To Act Appropriately

The concept of appropriate action (kathekon) was introduced by the founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium. (Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Stoics, 7.108)