This is a new thing that I am trying and focussing on.
Few philosophies that I like can resonate with, that can express my feelings or concepts that simply I needed to hear and be inspired by.
A week of philosophies. 7 different ways to look and learn about various aspects and views of life.
7 days to learn new, different 7 philosophies and incorporate these learnings into my life.
Day 3, September 13th 2018
Today’s philosophy: Stocism
What is Stoicism?
“External thinks are not the problem. It’s your assessment of them. Which you can erase right now.”
In simple words, Stoicism sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be.
Stoicism doesn’t concern itself with complicated theories about the world, but with helping us overcome destructive emotions and act on what can be acted upon.
The Stoics focus on two things:
- How can we lead a fulfilling, happy life?
- How can we become better human beings?
The goal of Stoicism is to attain inner peace by overcoming adversity, practicing self-control, being conscious of our impulses, realizing our ephemeral nature and the short time allotted.
It’s important that we understand the obstacles that we face and not run from them; it’s vital that we learn to transmute them into fuel to feed our fire. But at the very root of the thinking, there is a very simple, though not easy, way of living. Take obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage, control what you can and accept what you can’t.
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“Complaining does not work as a strategy. We all have finite time and energy. Any time we spend whining is unlikely to help us achieve our goals. And it won’t make us happier.”
Stoicism originated as a Hellenistic philosophy, founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium (modern day Cyprus), c. 300 B.C.E. … The name comes from the Stoa Poikile, or painted porch, an open market in Athens where the original Stoics used to meet and teach philosophy.
Why was I inspired to choose this?
“How does it help…to make troubles heavier by bemoaning them?”
We may not always have control of the events that affect us but we do have control over our emotions, recations and ourselves. That is what inspired me to incoorporate stoicism into my life.
I want to learn how to be calm and not blame the world. I want to know how to deal with life at its worst, be understanding and not let if affect me in any bad way, shape or form.
I wish to be calm, positive, think of the best in everything, learn how to not let things get to me easily.
I want to pratice the art of stoicism in my daily life. I want to maitain an inner balance and peace within me.
How to practice stoicism
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
Some ways that I have found to be of interest and use that could help incorporate stoicism into my life and also yours.
- Early morning reflectionFirstly, be thankful that you have actually woken up, many people will not have this privilege today.
Secondly, plan how you will embrace your virtues and avoid your vices. Pick a particular philosophical precept or a personal strength you want to cultivate and think about how you can incorporate it into the day ahead. Mentally check how you will deal with any difficult situations that know may well arise.
Thirdly, remind yourself that the only things you can control are your thoughts and your actions. Everything else is uncontrollable.
- Meditate and make your mind at ease. Self retreat
- Regular self-imposed discomfort. It is, again, both a reminder of what we have and may take for granted. Negative visualization is a simple exercise that can remind us how lucky we are.
- You can use a philosophical journal as a tool to discover your own shortcomings and to track the way you change over time. By constant reflection we can improve our current and future life.
- The thinking behind this exercise is that every situation has many layers, just like an onion. Each layer represents something that we bring to the situation and not the situation itself. It’s only by considering the core issues without the relatively unimportant layers we add that we can act according to a proper ethical framework. Stop considering your reputation or whatever personal advantage you think you may gain as part of the equation when working out what to do in a given situation. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What value does this situation bring to everyone? You might be surprised at how many times the answer is “none”.
- What type of qualities does this situation require? If you have these qualities then great, if not then just think of this situation as a good chance to develop them.
- Learn from your mistakes is the ideal lesson
- Bed-time reflection. Think about your day what has happened. Mentally replay your entire day and then ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I behave according to my principles?
- Did I treat the people with whom I interacted with in a friendly and considerate manner?
- What vices have I fought?
- Have I made myself a better person by cultivating my virtues?
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Today’s quote to end the day
Objective judgment, now at this very moment.
Unselfish action, now at this very moment.
Willing acceptance–now at this very moment–of all external events.
That’s all you need.
– Marcus Aurelius