Daily Stoic Exercises for Beginners

From reading the Stoics we notice their emphasis on spiritual "training" to strengthen the character and enable one to endure difficulties with equanimity. What exactly did they mean by this training, also referred to as spiritual exercises? Is it enough to read the Stoics and apply what we learn there to situations as they arise? Or…

Looking at “the thing behind the appearance”: examining “phantasiai” and finding calm

Happy Stoic Week! One of this week’s morning meditation passages, from Marcus Aurelius, reads in part: There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain…

Under My Control?

Epictetus starts his Handbook with the reflection that “Some things are under our control, while others are not under our control.” The University of Exeter’s Stoic Week 2013 Handbook (a nifty nod to Epictetus’s HB) states: “Having a Stoic attitude means completely accepting that things outside of your control are outside of your control” (Stoic…