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What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started

For those of us who live our lives in the real world, there is one branch of philosophy created just for us: Stoicism. A brief synopsis and definition on this particular school of Hellenistic philosophy: Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC,...

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Feeling Helpless? Here’s How To Break The Spell

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth” - Marcus Aurelius We try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and having uncertainty. It’s why many people are continually looking to the future; planning, wishing, hoping, and maybe avoiding certain circumstances. They stick to a mundane routine and an unhappy life, not...
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Finding Peace: The Real Battle is Within – Always in the Present Moment

“A warrior is not something you become, Dan. It’s something either you are, in this moment, or something you are not.” –Socrates in The Way of the Peaceful Warrior  Folks like to see philosophy as a parlor game that has nothing to do with the rigors of life, but the...
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A Stoic Guide To Workplace Peace Of Mind

The image of the Zen philosopher is the monk up in the green, quiet hills, or in a beautiful temple on some rocky cliff. The Stoic, on the other hand, is the antithesis of this idea. The Stoic is the man in the marketplace, the merchant on a voyage, the...
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Doing the Work Is Enough: Stop Letting Others Dictate Your Worth

What matters to an active man is to do the right thing; whether the right thing comes to pass should not bother him. —Goethe Belisarius is one of the greatest yet unknown military generals in all of history. His name has been so obscured and forgotten by history that he makes...
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A Stoic Response To Anxiety

“True happiness is to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied, for he that is wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with...
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The Daily Art of Giving Thanks

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson The great American essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is...
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7 Stoic Meditations To Get The Most Out of Today

Given the fact that the mere mention of philosophy makes most nervous or bored, “Stoic philosophy” on the surface sounds like the last thing anyone would want to learn about, let alone urgently need in the course of daily life. But in reality, in Stoicism we have a tool to...
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A Stoic Response to Failure

The art of properly responding to failure begins by not being surprised by it. When Seneca wrote that “nothing happens to the wise man contrary to his expectation,” this is partly what he meant. The reason that so many failures are devastating to us—failed businesses, failed relationships, failed vacations, failed attempts...
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Stoicism Saved My Life

“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present” - Marcus Aurelius So there I was yet again, curled up in the fetal position on the bedroom floor with tears flooding from my...
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Keep Calm and Be Stoic: A Practical Response to the Unthinkable

I'll keep this brief, because it's 5AM and the unthinkable has happened: reality star-turned-political savior Donald J. Trump has just clinched the Presidency of the United States. Yes, the same Donald J. Trump who's been publicly supportive of restricting Muslim immigration to the U.S.; the same Donald J. Trump who's...