What are your journaling strategies?

I’ve often read that journaling is an effective practice for clearing your mind and focusing on the things you can control (while relieving your mind of the things you cannot control). For those of you that journal, what is your “strategy” for how you organize your thoughts on paper? When I sit down with a […]

What are your journaling strategies?

Peculiarly inspiring quotes!

“If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid”. Epictetus

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage”. Seneca

“We have art in order not to die from the truth”. F. Nietzsche

“Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science”. H. Bergson

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live”. Marcus Aurelius

“Free election of masters does not abolish the masters of the slaves”. Herbert Marcuse

“Love is a serious mental illness”. Plato

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. Plato

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit”. Aristotle

A stoic guide to become fearless

In chaotic times, in a world without any visibility, the urge of reading and learning Stoicism is a must.

Stoicism is an ancient philosophy created by Zeno, targeting well-being and resilience in daily actions. While Stoics criticized Plato for being too theoretical, they wanted philosophy to be practical, to teach people to be fearless when faced with troubles.

Check this brilliant article down below on how to become less anxious and more fearless.

https://link.medium.com/GxFMx6sfocb

Some things are in our control … others are not.

Epictetus Epictetus “Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our actions. The things in our control are by […]

Some things are in our control … others are not.

Sénèque, De la constance du sage (extrait)

“Est invulnérable non pas l’être qui n’est pas frappé, mais celui qui ne subit pas de dommage; c’est ce caractère que je te montrerai dans le sage. Est-il douteux qu’une force qui n’est pas vaincue soit plus assurée que celle qui n’est pas attaquée? N’étant pas mise à l’épreuve, sa vigueur reste douteuse; au contraire, n’a-t-on point toute raison d’être sûr de la solidité d’un être qui repousse tous les chocs? Sache donc bien qu’un sage à qui l’injustice subie ne nuit pas est supérieur en nature à celui qui n’en subit pas. L’homme courageux, dirai-je aussi, c’est celui que les guerres n’abattent pas, celui qui ne s’effraye pas à l’approche des forces de l’ennemi, et non celui que le repos fait engraisser au milieu des gens inertes. C’est en ce sens que le sage n’est pas exposé à l’injustice : aussi peu importe tous les traits qu’on lance sur lui, puisque aucun d’eux ne peut pénétrer. De même que certaines pierres sont d’une dureté inattaquable au fer, le diamant par exemple qui ne peut être ni coupé, ni entamé, ni même usé, mais qui fait rejaillir tout ce qui le frappe, de même que certains corps ne peuvent être consumés mais conservent au milieu des flammes leur consistance et leurs propriétés, de même que les rochers avancés dans la mer brisent les vagues et, fouettés depuis tant de siècles, ne montrent pas trace de ces attaques, de même l’âme du sage a de la solidité et a rassemblé en elle tant d’énergie qu’elle est à l’abri de l’injustice tout autant que sont à l’abri des coups les corps que je viens de citer”. 

Sénèque, De la constance du sage, suivi de De la tranquillité de l’âme, traduit du latin par Émile Bréhier et édité sous la direction de Pierre-Maxime Schuhl, Paris, Folio, « Sagesses », 2016, p. 17-18.

Epictetus vs Jesus on Figs. The relationship between philosophies… | by Massimo Pigliucci | Stoicism — Philosophy as a Way of Life | Medium

Massimo Pigliucci refers to two passages on the fig tree. One is from the Gospels, where Jesus cursed a fig tree and it died completely. The second passage is from Epictetus, the stoic philosopher, who explained that it is wise to take advantage of what life has to offer; therefore it is foolish to desire the impossible.

Through the comparison of these two references, the author explains the difference between religion and stoicism as a philosophy.

It is a well written article, easy to read but profound. There is a freedom in picking religion over philosophy and vice versa. This choice, along many others, dictates our life in general.

Check the article by clicking on the link below:

https://medium.com/stoicism-philosophy-as-a-way-of-life/epictetus-vs-jesus-on-figs-the-difference-between-philosophy-and-religion-3f47939375d1

How to face the planetary lockdown? Stoic philosophers answered

Scenic View Of Sea Against Clear Sky

Stoic philosophers are the best choice of coaches to help us get through our long days. Here are some inspirational quotes to get us on perspective.

On external events and the future:

Just keep in mind: the more we value things outside our control, the less control we have. Epictetus

The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. Seneca

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. Seneca

On self-control and will power:

It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it. Seneca

He has the most who is content with the least. Diogenes

If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining. Marcus Aurelius

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. Marcus Aurelius

The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable. Seneca

You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

On daily life:

Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Marcus Aurelius

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius

As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We must seize what flees. Seneca