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Vol. 2, Issue 11, November 2020

Living A Focused Life

Editorial || CHUCK CHAKRAPANI

Our time is short

How to do I lead my best life? This dilemma is common to all humans, not just Stoics. When we ask ourselves this question, the first thing we need to realize is that our life is made up of time. When we waste our time, we waste our life. Yet time goes faster than we realize, as Seneca realized.


Focus on radical caring

Feature || SHARON LEBELL

Be a citizen of the world (Epictetus, Discourses, 1.9) is an oft-quoted phrase. Other translations express this teaching as “citizen of the universe,” or “citizen of God.” However stated, there is a lot packed into this short assertion.


Focus on simple living

Feature || JONAS SALZGEBER

Living simply

Is it not madness and the wildest lunacy to desire so much when you can hold so little? (Seneca, Consolation to Helvia, 10)


Focus on goodness

Feature || MEREDITH KUNZ

Happiness, wealth, and power

We can all think of people in public life who have accomplished big things and earned wide recognition, wealth, and power, even reaching the highest political offices or C-suite jobs.


Focus on the timeless principle

Feature || PIOTR STANKIEWICZ

As I mentioned a month ago in my first piece, in this column I will step by step explain reformed Stoicism, i.e., my reinterpretation of updated Stoicism for our time. Just as the name suggests, reformed Stoicism diverts many times from the original doctrine. Sometimes I skip certain Stoic dogmas and sometimes I deeply reframe them. Yet, I feel tempted to begin with where I stick to the original Stoic story.


Focus on resilience

Feature || FLORA BERNARD

Stoicism, a philosophy of resilience

The Stoics never wrote of resilience as such, but they could have. It seems to me that the purpose of their philosophy is precisely that: to build resilience.


Focus On Your Chosen Professsion

Stoicism in Plain English / Seneca on Happiness || Editor

This is an extract from the book Stoic Tranquility, which is the plain English version of Seneca’s discourse ‘On Tranquility.’


Is there a case for God? Part 3

Feature || KAI WHITING

Ancient Stoics talked a lot about God or gods. But who is this Stoic God? Does the Stoic God even remotely resemble what we mean by God (in today’s major religions)? In this miniseries, Kai Whiting explores these questions.

Chuck Chakrapani, Editor.


The Stoic Gym - Visit Our New Website

Editorial || Editor

Over the past several months, we have been redesigning our website in an effort to make it the single most useful website for Stoic practitioners. While the website does offer articles that relate to Stoic theory, our main emphasis is on practice: What can I do now to lead a better life?


Recent Books on Stoicism

Book Review || Editor

A description of three books: Epictetus and Laypeople by Erlend D. MacGillivray; A Field Guide to a Happy Life by Massimo Pigliucci; Stoic Philosophy and Social Theory by Will Johncock


Stoic thoughts for every day of the month

Stoic Everyday || Editor


Stoic Fellowship Around the World

Stoic Fellowship || Editor


Our Books on Stoicism

The Stoic Gym Publications || Editor


The Stoic Advisory Board

Stoic Advisory Board || Editor