Give it the whole of your attention, whether it be a material object, an action, a principle, or the meaning of what is being said.
This disappointment serves you right. You would rather hope for goodness tomorrow than practise it today.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.22)
The first rule is, to keep an untroubled spirit; for all things must bow to Nature’s law, and soon enough you must vanish into nothingness, like Hadrian and Augustus.
The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are, remembering that it is your duty to be a good man. Do without flinching what man’s nature demands; say what seems to you most just – though with courtesy, modesty and sincerity.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.5)
Image: Andrew Munro: young Marcus Aurelius, bust from Temple of Flora, Stourhead Gardens, Wiltshire
Finally arrived today.
I’ve just read the introduction and already I’m hooked.
The must-read shelf has been bullied into submission.
Perfection of character: to live your last day, every day, without frenzy, or sloth, or pretence.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.59)
Note, unusually, I’ve taken the above from the Gregory Hays translation. My more usual Maxwell Staniforth translation has…
To live each day as though one’s last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinising – here is the perfection of character.
Here’s a wide-ranging Weekend Watch (well, more of a listen actually).
In this podcast from High Existence, writer, psychotherapist and Stoic Donald Robertson talks about mental health, cognitive behavioural therapy, Stoicism, Buddhism, philosophy and more.
Continue reading “Stoicism as Preventative Psychological Medicine – @DonJRobertson”
Losing your temper is a sign of weakness, they say. It’s not great for your health, either. Or, for those around you.
Writing about a Stoic approach to anger, author, stoic and cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson recalls the emperor Hadrian (not a Stoic):
Continue reading “May I have my eye back? – Stoicism and anger”
Love nothing but that which comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny. For what could more aptly fit your needs?
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.57)
In your power at all times and places there lies a pious acceptance of the day’s happenings, a just dealing towards the day’s associates, and a scrupulous attention to the day’s impressions, lest any of them gain an entrance unverified.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.54)
Stoic, cognitive psychotherapist, trainer and writer Donald Robertson has a new book out in April. If you took part in the recent Stoic Week event, you’ll recognise him and his voice from the introductory webinar and recorded exercises.
In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius, Robertson combines historical biography, stoic philosophy and cognitive behavioural therapy. The result promises to be an effective, hands-on guide to applying stoicism in everyday life.
Continue reading “How to Think Like a Roman Emperor – @DonJRobertson”
‘All born of earth must unto earth return;
All growths of heav’nly seed to heav’n revert.’
– by the disintegration, that is, of their atomic structure and the dispersion of their uncaring elements.
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.50)