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Why Stoicism is one of the best mind-hacks ever devised – Lary Wallace

We do this to our philosophies. We redraft their contours based on projected shadows, or give them a cartoonish shape like a caricaturist emphasising …

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Under pressure? Then take a breath

I started taking a course on mindfulness in the hopes of getting better at dealing with stress.<p>The basic premise is simple. The more aware – or …

A Stoic quote from the Bhagwad Geeta

<b>A Stoic quote from the Bhagwad Geeta</b><p>The Bhagwad Geeta, mistakenly called the <i>Hindu Bible</i>, is a narration of the philosophical dialogues and discourses between the warrior-prince <i>Arjuna</i> and Lord <i>Shri Krishna</i>, hailed as an incarnation of <i>Visnu</i> (one of the three primary forms of God). However, while it is commonly believed that the <i>Geeta</i> is a religious text, it deals more commonly with the philosophy of life rather than religion. The result - presence of some very Stoic quotes inside it.<p>One such quote …

Living Stress-Free and Stoically

Feeling stressed? Well, take some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Last year the American Psychological Association conducted a survey of …

Philosophy You Can Use: The Ancient, Practical Wisdom in Stoic Thinking

When most people think of "philosophy," their eyes glaze over. It's the last thing they want, let alone something they need.<p>But this, as you already know, is silly and naive.<p>Philosophy is not just about talking or lecturing, or even reading long, dense books. In fact, it is something men and women …

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This Ancient Philosophy Is What We Desperately Need In Our Modern Lives

We live in a world that is, in many ways, more predictable and under our own control than it has ever been before. We can predict the weather, find information on any subject almost instantaneously, have almost any material item delivered to our door within 24 hours with the click of a button, and …

What Stoicism Isn't

Stoicism has gotten a bad rap. People think of the Stoics as emotionless beings -- as grim, wooden individuals whose goal in life was to stand mutely and take whatever life could throw at them.<p>As we saw in my previous post, though, this perception is quite mistaken. When we read about the Stoics or …

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Read Stoicism

<i>Your first philosophers: Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca, and one strange new face. Why the first books people read about Stoicism should be by</i> …

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Do You Want To Be Happy? Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

Sure, money can't buy you love, but it's hard to imagine that winning rewards won't make us happy.<p>It does, researchers say, but only if our immediate expectations aren't bigger than the size of the payoff. Disappointment squelches happiness.<p>"Your happiness increases only if you do better than you …

How Stoical Was Seneca?

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero<p>by James Romm<p>Knopf, 290 pp., $27.95<p>Hardship and Happiness<p>by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated from the …

7 Things Mindful People Do Differently

Here's How Marcus Aurelius Got Himself Out Of Bed Every Morning

In his philosophical writings collected in "Meditations," Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote a passage portraying an inner dialogue one can imagine him having in his royal bed at the crack of dawn.<p>It's a reflection of his Stoic beliefs, which were centered on the power over one's own emotions …

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How To Stay Focused: 5 Steps To Boosting Concentration

How well you’ve mastered the skill of how to stay focused on the task at hand is going to determine your level of success.<p>If you are able to stay …

7 Simple Tips to Help You Find Happiness | Inc.com

Everyone would like to be happy. Some find happiness more easily than others. I like to consider myself a happy person. Certainly, I am much happier today than when I was younger. Much of the angst and insecurity of my youth is gone, and I now enjoy life and am surprised and amused constantly by …

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Modern Stoicism

Valentine’s Day is coming up in just a few days, a holiday devoted in principle to all things romantic. For many the time leading up to the day – or …

A Guide to Stoicism, From One of NYC’s Greatest Stoics

Stoic philosophy and thought is making the rounds—we caught up with the professor who wrote the viral story on the subject<p>As a student and proponent …

5 Powerful Life Lessons From Marcus Aurelius

Aurelius, the ruler of the Roman Empire for almost two decades, was also the author of the immortal "Meditations." "Yet the title," writes Gregory Hays in the introduction, "is one that Marcus himself would surely have rejected. He never thought of himself as a philosopher. He would have claimed to …

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How the Secret Power of Negativity Can Help You | Inc.com

Positive thinking has become an industry unto itself. From the Norman Vincent Peale book to all the "gratitude days" recitations you see on social media, American culture has become a relentless purveyor of being upbeat and chipper.<p>It's become so pervasive that if you're in a business meeting and …

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Practical Stoicism and Negative Visualisation | Juvenate

Practical Stoicism and Negative Visualisation techniques can be used to help you create more resilience and resolve when confronted with life’s …

Irvine on the three pillars of Stoicism

Home <b>›</b> Modern Stoicism <b>›</b> <b>Irvine on the three pillars of Stoicism</b><p><i>on</i> March 13, 2015 • ( 4 )<p>In chapter 1 of A Guide to the Good Life, William Irvine …

Socrates' Wisdom on Physical Fitness | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: In his</i> Memorabilia<i>, Xenophon, a student of Socrates, shares a dialogue between Socrates and one of Socrates’ disciples named Epigenes.</i> …

The Case for Caring About Your Work

Less than a decade ago, it seemed to become a trend to create “passive” income and outsource everything and go live on a beach while the money piled …

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4 Outstanding Outcomes From Life’s Hard Times

Post written by Kateline Jefferson.No one enjoys going through hard times – they are anxiety-producing; they are outright depressing; and they can …

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The Beauty of Being Different

<b>“We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world.” ~Mother Teresa</b><p>I’ve felt like I was different ever since I was in elementary …