Marcus Aurelius on Contemplation

Develop a thoughtful way of seeing how all things change from one thing into another; constantly focus on this way of thinking; learn this philosophy. Such as person knows we must lose our lives and that we don’t know when we will go away and leave everything here. Such a person embraces justice in every action and accepts what happens as part of the nature of things. Such a person does not worry about gossip or backstabbing, staying contented with two things—just action and acceptance of what can’t be changed. Such a person puts aside distractions and busyness and desires only acting in accord with the universe and doing right.

(Meditations X.11)


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