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JONAS SALZGEBER

Paying attention: The skill of practice

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

Stoicism isn’t an easy-to-follow road. There are many principles to keep in mind and to live by. 


Learning to practice the “reserve clause”

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

I will sail across the ocean, if nothing prevents me. 

Attributed to Seneca by Donald Robertson 


What’s your job? Being a good person

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

What are you reading this magazine for? 

You won’t get a badge of honor or some other award for learning about Stoicism. Nobody cares what books you read or what you know about ancient philosophy. 


Everyday equanimity: Playing the game

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

When force of circumstance upsets your equanimity, lose no time in recovering your self-control, and do not remain out of tune longer than you can help. Habitual recurrence to the harmony will increase your mastery of it. 

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.11 


In forgiveness lies strength

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

The Stoics used their philosophy to correct their own faults, not to judge others for theirs. If anything, they tried to show kindness and forgiveness toward others, knowing that they’ve gone wrong themselves before. As Marcus Aurelius reminded himself: 


Emotional first-aid—help when you need it

Practicing Stoicism || JONAS SALZGEBER

The Stoics often summarized their main principles in succinct statements such as 

Live with aretê.
(Always try to express your best self.) 


Relax. Things change all the time

Practicing Stoicism || JONAS SALZGEBER

Change is a universal law of nature. 


Scratches happen in training

Practicing Stoicism || JONAS SALZGEBER

The Stoics shared dozens of practical ideas to put their philosophy into action. The following is one of my favorites – I try to keep it ready at mind whenever possible.