Do you have a life philosophy to help guide you? Sounds too difficult? It is more simple than you would imagine. It is all about letting of what really does not matter...
Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome proves to be remarkably applicable to modern lives. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, one can avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility will be presented along with how to put these techniques to work in our own life. You will learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control. Stoic philosophers show us how to become thoughtful observers of their own life in a way that parallels the mindfulness techniques of Buddhism. This is an western path to reduce suffering, live a virtuous life (in the Roman sense) and attain a truly joyful life.
I will use William Irvine's A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy as a starting point for conversation because it is so accessible to newcomers to Stoicism. We will then read other texts (ancient and modern) to build on this modern guide and introduction. Many of these texts can be found online at no cost to you. I will present a short lecture at the beginning of each meeting based on recent readings I have been doing. This mini-lecture is meant to stimulate conversation and active participation by attendees.
On the Facebook page I will post links, articles, and book recommendations on Stoicism and other ancient philosophies that can be applied to modern living. I hope that we can also have some insightful discussions there as well. I will post notices for our events on both webpages.