What we're about
“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” -Marcus Aurelius
If you're a person who values the capacity and a philosophy focused on enduing hardship without complaining and if you want to develop more of that capacity this group welcomes you.
If you believe in a life practice of cultivating mindfulness of transforming misfortune into opportunities, seeing the beauty in fate and defining your self through ethical action, then please join.
We will pontificate didactically. We will read old texts in various translations and gently debate our personal interpretations. We will share our views and we will listen to one another.
Some Stoicism basics are listed below...
1. PRACTICE MISFORTUNE
“It is in times of security that the spirit should be preparing itself for difficult times; while fortune is bestowing favors on it is then is the time for it to be strengthened against her rebuffs.” -Seneca
2. TRAIN PERCEPTION TO AVOID GOOD AND BAD
“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed and you haven’t been.” -Marcus Aurelius
3. PRACTICE HUMILITY - REMEMBERING THE SCOPE OF LIFE
“Run down the list of those who felt intense anger at something: the most famous, the most unfortunate, the most hated, the most whatever: Where is all that now? Smoke, dust, legend…or not even a legend. Think of all the examples. And how trivial the things we want so passionately are.” -Marcus Aurelius
4. TAKE THE VIEW FROM ABOVE
“How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s- eye view and see everything all at once— of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets— all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites.” - Marcus Aurelius
5. MEMENTO MORI: MEDITATE ON YOUR MORTALITY
“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” - Seneca
6. “IS THIS WITHIN MY CONTROL”
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .”
7. PRACTICE NEGATIVE VISUALIZATION
“Nothing happens to the wise man against his expectation,” he wrote to a friend. “. . . nor do all things turn out for him as he wished but as he reckoned—and above all he reckoned that something could block his plans.” - Seneca
8. AMOR FATI: LOVE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS
“Do not seek for things to happen the way you want them to; rather, wish that what happens happen the way it happens: then you will be happy.” - Epictetus