You are composed of three things: body, breath, and mind. Of these, the first two are yours only in care. Only the third is truly your own. If you separate from yourself everything that others say and do, and if you separate from the things that you have said and done in the past; and … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
IV. 7. Take away your opinion about it, and you take away your complaint, “I have been harmed.” Take away your complaint that you have been harmed, and the harm goes away. 8. Those things that do not make you worse than you were, also do not make your life worse, and neither do they harm you, inside or … More Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself
I have been discussing the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). Number one is Write and Reflect in the Morning. The second is Focus on Your Goals. The third is Take the Long View and Practice Letting Go. The fourth is Practice Self Control. Today I will conclude with the final two. … More The Mindfulness of Stoicism
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.
32. Fortunetellers thrive. But wait: You know what you want, don’t you? OK, think—is that within your power? If not, it’s neither good nor bad. Yes, fortunetellers thrive. If you go to a fortune teller, don’t take your desires or dislikes along. If you do, you’ll be worried. Keep this in mind: events don’t care … More Epictetus, from The Handbook