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Stoic spiritual exercises: II, from the Meditations

We have recently looked at a number of Stoic exercises straight from the mouth of one of the great ones: Epictetus. He was, of course, a teacher, and his Enchiridion, on which I focused, was explicitly put together (by his student… 1,832 more words

Modern Stoicism

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Stoic spiritual exercises: I, from the Enchiridion

Stoicism is a practical philosophy of life, and while I enjoy writing about its history and theory, it is the practice that has so far had a… 2,004 more words

Ancient Stoicism

How this human erred over the weekend

“If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please.”-Epictetus

Boy, did I live that quote this weekend. I have written previously about eating better through a mostly Ayurvedic diet, and drinking beer on the weekends, but not to excess. 855 more words

Mental Health Monday—the power of listening

Lord, You listen to the desires of those who suffer. You steady their hearts; You listen closely to them. (Psalm 10:17)

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” —Epictetus… 157 more words


Secret Discipline and the Pursuit of Purpose

Enchiridion #47:

“When you have become adapted to the simple of life in bodily matters, do not pride yourself upon it; nor, if you drink only water, be saying on every occasion, ‘I drink only water.’  And if at any time you want to train yourself to endure hardship, do it for your own sake, and not for the world; do not embrace statues, but, when you are violently thirsty, take a little cold water in your mouth, and then spit it out and tell nobody.” 1,212 more words