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Discuss Epictetus' Manual for Living and Irvine's Guide to a Good Life

  • Feb 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM

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  • Kathy J.

    When trying to make a change in your life, take it slowly... and assess how it is going...

    Was this habit change worth it?

    How did it change my thoughts and emotions?

    How did it change my behavior?

    Did it improve the overall quality of my life?

    Is this a change I want to continue in the future?

    always check in and think about how you feel... at peace? stressed?

    Trying an exercised once or twice can be enlightening, but doing it regularly calls for constant evaluation...

    March 1, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    We did not spend too much time with the Irvine book, so next time we will start with it and then compare with Epictetus. Watch for the readings on the next meetup page announcement. In the meantime, try one of the stoic psychological techniques. Start with the small, easy stuff. For example, if you choose negative visualization, think of some favorite objects, not people. Imagine that they could be lost, broken, or stolen. How would you handle this? What options are available to you? Would you be sad? angry? How long would you hold on to this emotional response before acting to resolve the situation? How would you resolve it? Given this possibility, would you consider these objects differently than before the meditation? Would you treat them with more care? less? Does considering their loss and reviewing your options in advance make losing them less frightening? Do you see having lots of objects a burden? If so, how might you change your life to relieve yourself of extra worry?

    March 1, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    Thanks to all who attended.... and to Mike "welcome to the group!"

    I greatly enjoyed the conversation; it was lively and moved smoothly. Now that we have settled into a smaller core group, I'll set up the room differently, with a smaller table, so I can more easily see when you want to talk. I will post the new readings here and on Facebook when I announce the next meetup. For those who want to continue the conversation, we have regular discussions on the FB group and are going through an online stoic course together. You may want to check that out. There was interest in other readings by modern authors. I will post some links and articles here and on FB. As we move along, we may want to meet more often but right now let's keep it monthly. I don't want to burden you with too much reading. If you want more frequent interaction, join the Facebook page... there are daily conversations there. Thanks for all of your participation. You all added so much to the discussion!

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a mentorship meeting Thursday eve. C u next time.

    February 27, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      will miss seeing you ...

      February 28, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I will go over the meetup guidelines at the beginning of the session. They will also be posted here and on Facebook. Looking forward to seeing you all...

    February 27, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I have decided that Epictetus' Manual for Living (aka The Enchiridion) will be our first classical reading. For the next meeting read sections 1 - 13. This sounds like a lot, but these sections are often very short. As you move through these, write down thoughts, questions, disagreements. Bring the notebook to class. Please note which section you are referring to so I can look it up in my print copy. The link below is to read it free online...

    If for some reason you cannot read both, choose one to focus on and participate in the discussion when you can.

    Irvine's Guide to the Good Life:

    January 19, 2013

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