Wisdom

Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday: Book Summary, Key Lessons and Best Quotes

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”  — Blaise Pascal The Buddhist word for it was upekkha. The Muslims spoke of aslama. The Hebrews, hishtavut. The second book of the Bhagavad Gita, the epic poem of the warrior Arjuna, speaks of samatvam, an “evenness of mind—a peace …

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Who Is Chrysippus? The ‘Second Founder of Stoicism’ Who Died Laughing

Introduction Many of us don’t consider philosophy a laughing matter. After all, we turn to philosophers to understand the world around us and determine how to find meaning in it. To many, philosophy is a matter of life and death. However, that doesn’t mean philosophers take their own lives so seriously. The death of Chrysippus …

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It’s All About Community

Sometime around 300 BC, Zeno of Citium founded the first school of Stoicism. Zeno taught his classes at the Stoa Poikile (“Painted Porch”) to what could have only been a few dozen promising students. The stoa (“porch’”) became a place for individuals to gather, exchange ideas, and work on becoming the best version of themselves. There they were challenged, provoked, inspired—holding …

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Stoicism and Pain Management: 4 Techniques Practiced By Marcus Aurelius

This is a guest post by Donald Robertson. Donald is a cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, trainer, and writer. Robertson has been tirelessly researching Stoicism and applying it in his work for twenty years. He is also the author of the remarkable new book on Marcus Aurelius, How To Think Like a Roman Emperor *** The Roman emperor …

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We Were Made For Each Other: 32 Reminders From One Of History’s Most Powerful Figures

We should never forget the truly tremendous fact that Meditations carries the private thoughts of a man, Marcus Aurelius, during his reign as a virtual god, as the emperor of Rome. If ever there were a man qualified to think himself the center of the universe, Marcus Aurelius was it. And yet, the most powerful …

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