How Stoicism Helped a Genius

There’s value in learning not just from Stoic philosophers, but from “natural Stoics”—people who have lived with the kind of wisdom we want to cultivate in ourselves, even if they never called themselves Stoics. That kind of model doesn’t have to be a Cato, a Seneca, a Marcus Aurelius, or some distant historical figure. We … Continued

Stoicism and Martial Arts: More Common Than You Think

This is a post by Jason Maine, a founder of fullcontactway.com, where he helps his readers with martial arts training. Jason’s personal experience and interest in every aspect of training brought him into a conclusion that there are close links between Stoicism and martial arts. *** Martial arts are built with their own set of … Continued

The Way of Stoicism: How East and West Use Similar Principles for Virtuous Living. 

This is a guest post by Brenton Weyi. Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Zeno believed that Stoicism was based on the universal principles of life. They believed that these principles transcended any individual human being or society. This steadfast conviction allowed them to remain strong during circumstance that would break most ordinary people. What’s interesting is … Continued

“Memento Mori”: The Reminder We All Desperately Need

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca At a Roman triumph, the majority of the public would … Continued

Can Stoics Be Charismatic?

I’m an aspiring Stoic. Emphasis on the word aspiring. When I share this burgeoning desire with friends or show family members I’m reading a book on Epictetus, the response is universal: “A Stoic? But you’re so friendly.” When most people hear the word ‘Stoic’ they conjure up a mental cliche of an unsmiling, unexpressive, stiff. … Continued

The Body is a Garden, The Will is a Gardener

The post below was originally sent as part of the Daily Stoic email where we bring you one Stoic meditation per day. When you sign up, you will also automatically get a free 7-day deep dive into Stoicism—from an introduction to the most popular resources to Stoic exercises. Sign up now! You probably don’t know … Continued

Integrity Has No Need Of Rules

“If it is not RIGHT do not do it; If it is not TRUE do not say it” – Marcus Aurelius One word we do not hear from the Stoics, is integrity. They saw it as part of being human – part of being virtuous. I am not sure of the social, political or cultural … Continued