Mastering Mind & Confidence (Seneca's "Letters from a Stoic")

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Panera Bread

696 E Altamonte Dr · Altamonte Springs, FL

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Panera at 436 & Maitland Avenue

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This is the Friday night meeting of Orlando Stoics (in Altamonte Springs).

We will discuss Seneca's classic book, "Letters from a Stoic", Letters[masked]. (We hoped to discuss Letter 104 last time, but didn't have time, so it carried forward to this week.) Letters[masked] talk about the mind, how to master thoughts and emotions, and how to build confidence in self.

I'll prepare an outline of discussion points, so you don't have to pre-read the book. If you'd like to read ahead (optional), use the links below.

Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.

"Letters from a Stoic" was published about the year 65 AD; it has a total of 124 letters from Seneca to his friend Lucilius. Included are many timeless Stoic ideas on how to improve your life, concepts of ethics and virtue, plus some insight into daily life in ancient Rome.

In general, Stoicism teaches us how to handle difficult people and events, how to avoid anger and worry, and overall to use moderation in all aspects of our lives.

Free online text (translated by Richard Gummere) is here: Wikisource (

An introduction to "Letters from a Stoic" is on Wikipedia ( and Wikisource (

If you'd like to order the book, Amazon offers new, used, and Kindle books. (

Venue - Panera Café, 696 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. We usually meet in the community room (in the back).

Parking is free (parking spaces in front are marked "Panera").

If you are a newcomer, arrive a few minutes early for an introduction to Stoicism.