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How to be Stoic When You don't Know How

How To Be A Stoic When You Don't Know How: Learn The Fundamentals Of Stoicism In Ten Short Weeks

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Learn the fundamentals of Stoicism in ten short weeks


How to be a Stoic When You Don't Know How: Learn the fundamentals of Stoicism in ten short weeks

How to be Stoic When You don't Know How || Editor

Learn the fundamentals of Stoicism in ten short weeks


EVERYDAY stoicism: Being compassionate

How to be Stoic When You don't Know How || Editor

When we are in the grip of negative emotions, worries, and anxieties, fear can still take hold of us and cloud our judgment, even if we practice Stoicism regularly. We can deal with these problems by knowing that we have resources available for whatever life may throw at us and remembering that we are more resilient than we think.


Justice: Giving everyone their due

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Big idea 6. Be just 

When we deal with others, we need a second skill—justice. What is justice? It is giving what is due to others, being fair in your dealings with them, and not taking anything that belongs to them. This is the second “wall” of our Stoic house. 


Why outcomes are always dichotomous

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Some impressions are not difficult to judge. For example, yesterday you got into an accident and had whiplash. Clearly you cannot go back and avoid that accident (you can take no action) or not have whiplash (change the outcome). So, it is pointless to keep worrying about it. It doesn't make anything better. You can take no action and the outcome is not under your control. It is nothing to you.


You are in control of how you react

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Recognize that you control your reactions


Act on what you control

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Most of us understand that one of the basic ideas of Stoicism is to ignore what is not under our control. However, the cor-ollary of that idea, “act on what is under your control” is of-ten ignored by many practitioners. 


Wanting and rejecting makes you a slave

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Attachment to external things makes you a slave 


What we don’t control is nothing to us

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Big idea 3 

Don’t worry about things you don’t control 

There is only one way to be happy. Keep this thought ready for use morning, noon and night. Give up the desire for things not under your control. 

Epictetus, Discourses IV.4.39 (Chuck Chakrapani. Stoic Freedom, Ch. 4) 


Living in accordance with nature

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This is the fourth article in the series based on HOW TO BE A STOIC WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW, a 10-week training course that is currently being developed by The Stoic Gym.


Happiness Is a Life That Flows Well

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This is the third article in the series is based on HOW TO BE A STOIC WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW, a 10-week training course that is currently being developed by The Stoic Gym.


External events don’t cause unhappiness

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This is the second article in the series on HOW TO BE A STOIC WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW HOW, a 10-week training course that is currently being developed by The Stoic Gym.