Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

Think about the times of Vespasian (emperor 69-79 CE). People married, raised children, got sick, died, fought wars, feasted, traveled from here to there, farmed, flattered, acted arrogantly, got suspicious, plotted, wished others dead, grumbled at the state of things, loved, accumulated stuff, sought power. All that is gone!  Think back to Trajan (emperor 98-117 … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part 2

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