How To Not Fear Death

Death. It terrorizes. It paralyzes. If it doesn’t keep us up at night, it wakes us up. It is so certain to come for all of us but when and what follows is so uncertain. We know what we have here and knowing is comforting. Not knowing what awaits there, in death, has tortured minds … Continued

Who is Gaius Musonius Rufus? Getting to Know “The Roman Socrates”

The name Gaius Musonius Rufus may not sound familiar, but the work of “the foremost stoic of his day,” as Roman historian Tacitus prefers referring to him, will. Musonius’s influence in Stoicism was and is substantial. Equally so is the praise spoken in his name by those who were well familiar with it. Origen, himself … Continued

The Daily Stoic Books

  The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of … Continued

Premeditatio Malorum

Premeditatio malorum (“the pre-meditation of evils”) is a Stoic exercise of imagining things that could go wrong or be taken away from us. It helps us prepare for life’s inevitable setbacks. We don’t always get what is rightfully ours, even if we’ve earned it. Not everything is as clean and straightforward as we think they may … Continued

Announcing: The Daily Stoic Journal

In the year since The Daily Stoic was launched, we’ve seen all sorts of readers who have filled the pages of the book with thoughts inspired by each day’s meditation. In the margins of the book, in little notebooks, as screencaptures on Facebook, on blog posts. It makes sense, as journaling is one of the … Continued

It Could Always Be Worse

One of the best ways to make even the worst situations a little better is to remind yourself that the situation is not even close to the worst. As bad as things look in Houston (and quite possibly will be in Florida soon), on this day 117 years ago hurricane winds of more than 120mph … Continued

Four Productivity Principles From The Stoics You Can Use Today

This is a guest post by Monil Shah I find it fascinating how, nowadays, we intend to beat procrastination by procrastinating on finding the “Best” productivity apps. Are paragraphs of code really going to help us? Or, is the issue deeper? Shouldn’t we focus more on changing our mindset as compared to changing our apps? … Continued