Here’s my review of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations (and Stoicism): Just look at the state of the book. [+ The philosophy of: Marcus Aurelius]

6 weeks ago, my copy of Marcus Aurelius Meditations looked like this: And yesterday, after consciously taking my time to read as little of it every day as possible (so as to think about and most importantly try put it into practice) I finished. Just over a month later (not 20 years), now …

Emotions are a choice

Once dismiss the view you take, and you are out of danger. Who, then, is hindering such a dismissal?   – Marcus Aurelius, from Meditations 12:25 What if instead of saying ‘I’m happy’ or ‘I feel like shit’, before the emotion, you put: ‘I choose’? So for example, instead of those you’d …

Who or what do you ACTUALLY need?

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. And even then, after the government had decided to let him out, he still tried to get more time (so people outside could have enough time to plan events to mark his release). The only things you need are the things that keep …