I chose Stoicism as my first Ancient Wisdom experiment because at the time, I felt very little control over my life. Though my job was fine, it wasn’t satisfying, and many things, big and small, began to irritate me. I wanted to learn how to be tranquil regardless of my circumstances, and to gain greater control of my mind, if not my external circumstances.
Live in accordance with nature through reason. Observing and controlling your judgments of events is the primary path to harmony and freedom.
- Founded in 3rd Century BCE Athens
- Founded by Zeno of Citium
- Became one of the most adopted philosophies in ancient Greece and Rome
- Was practiced by former slaves like Epictetus, wealthy statesmen like Seneca, and even the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius
In a Modern World...
In contrast to modern secular life which advocates the manipulation of one’s environment to suit one’s desires, Stoics advocated a life dedicated to control only that which is within your control, namely, your mind, and to act virtuously in any circumstance you find yourself in.
My 30 Day Experiment
My Practice: Daily ice baths, and practicing "negative visualization"