Some things are within our power, while others are not. Within our power are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not within our power are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not of our own doing.
Epictetus (c.50 – 135), Handbook (1.1)
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.
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We freelancers are a happy lot, but that doesn’t mean it’s a stress-free lifestyle. The corollary of freedom and flexibility is inevitable uncertainty. Sometimes it feels as if you’re always stressing about either time or money. How can Stoicism help?
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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):
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Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problem and to fulfil the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.
Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997), Man’s Search for Meaning
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.
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‘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)
you say, science itself will teach man (though to my mind it’s a superfluous luxury) that he never has really had any caprice or will of his own, and that he himself is something of the nature of a piano-key or the stop of an organ, and that there are, besides, things called the laws of nature; so that everything he does is not done by his willing it, but is done of itself, by the laws of nature. Consequently we have only to discover these laws of nature, and man will no longer have to answer for his actions and life will become exceedingly easy for him. All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more actions or adventures in the world.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) , Notes from Underground, Part 1, chap. 6