37. When you pretend you can do what you cannot do, you demean yourself and prevent someone who might do the job from doing it. Someone who might turn out to be a friend.
This is the continuation of a discussion of the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uucollective/2016/08/stoic-mindfulness/ Number one is “Write and Reflect in the Morning.” The second is 2. Focus on Your Goals. The list continues: 3. Take the Long View and Practice Letting Go 4. Visualize Catastrophe and Practice Letting… More The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part 2
As the number of the post-religious skyrockets in the United States, the “mindfulness” train is picking up speed. Mindfulness answers a basic question: how do we tame our own thoughts? Most mindfulness programs are based in Buddhist practice, but the study of Stoicism is a growing trend. Stoicism has the advantage of being a Western… More Mindfullness and Stoicism
After the lamp is out and my wife and I have said goodnight, I parade the whole day in review before me, and repeat all that I have said and done. I hide nothing from myself and leave nothing out. Why should I be afraid of any of my shortcomings, when it is in my… More Seneca, from “On Anger”
Bk. III. 4. Do not waste the time you have left in life thinking about what others are thinking when you could be thinking about something useful. You are losing the chance to think about something besides “what is so-and-so doing? and why? What is so-and-so saying? What is so-and-so thinking? What is so-and-so plotting?”… More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
8. Forget about controlling what happens; learn to wish that everything that happens happens just as it happens. Then . . . all will go exactly as planned.