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…