The View From Above is a Stoic technique that can help to clear away the noise of the day and take an objective, bigger picture viewpoint of the world. Marcus Aurelius was fond of using this technique and wrote about it often:
“Think of substance in its entirety, of which you have the smallest of shares; and of time in its entirety, of which a brief and momentary span has been assigned to you; and of the works of destiny, and how very small is your part in them.”
So, The View From Above is about shifting from a first person view to a third person view. Imagine looking at yourself as if you were in the sky and it could seem as if the events that you’re currently experiencing aren’t nearly as bad or important as they seem in the moment.
With that in mind, here’s a photography collection that is inspired by this Stoic practice.
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Philosophy has no boundaries or borders. It influences people from all walks of life and one of the main reasons for creating the Stoic Athenaeum was to talk to people from different backgrounds and see what life lessons could be unearthed.
An aspect of philosophy that interests me is how it intersects with education. This fascination is also shared by the Head Mistress of Manchester High School For Girls, Helen Jeys.
I’m pleased to present a conversation with Helen that dives into her interest in Aristotle, how she applies the concept of eudaimonia to education and why introducing philosophy to younger generations is more important than ever before.
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Ryan Holiday is one of the most well-known names in Stoicism and mainstream philosophy books, with his approach to explaining Stoic precepts striking a great balance between relatability and tradition. Holiday’s latest work, Courage Is Calling: Fortune Favours The Bold, continues his path of writing inspirational books that will resonate for years to come.
The first book in a series that covers the four Stoic virtues of courage, temperance, wisdom and justice, Courage Is Calling dives into the backbone of Stoicism and highlights people who’ve truly extolled the virtue.
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Every day we are subjected to countless demands. Jobs, friendship, family, being a good partner, looking for ways to matter among the noise and buzz of social media and technology. In a fast-paced world with so many distractions and responsibilities, it’s no wonder our mental health is impacted and disorders like depression and anxiety are the price we pay for short term gratification.
No wonder suicide has become one of the biggest killers of young people and men. Suicide is one of the most loaded words in the English language and may bring to mind all kinds of discomforting images. But it’s real. It’s raw. It’s been a part of our culture for thousands of years and its meaning has changed with the times.
The Stoics had a lot to say about suicide and in this article, I’m exploring the Stoic response and reflecting on my own experiences with the thought process of taking one’s own life.
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Learning about the philosophy of Stoicism has become an important part of my daily routine and hearing the perspectives of others in the community is always enjoyable.
I recently chatted with author and podcast host Anderson Silver, who’s committed to helping others through talking about Stoicism on his podcast Stoicism For A Better Life and sharing insights in his books.
Read on to learn more about how Silver became started his Stoic journey, his approach to content production and what to expect from him in the future.
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Much of life is uncertain. One could argue that the only sure thing in life is death and that nothing else matters beyond our actions. Photography is a powerful medium for showcasing abstract ideas like death and exploring other philosophical concepts.
For the Stoics, the idea of death was best expressed through the concept of memento mori, which acts a reminder that life is meant to be lived while it can be. Read on to discover a photography collection inspired by memento mori.
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There’s a lot to love about journaling. It’s therapeutic, helps to reflect on thoughts, provides a space to zone out and creates the opportunity for self-growth through interrogating who you are and who you want to be.
I enjoy journaling for the positive mental health benefits it provides and when it comes to looking at how other people journal, I get really geeky about the process and seeing what practices can be used in my own routine.
With that said, I’ve learned some valuable journaling lessons from pro wrestler Chris Jericho after reading The Complete List Of Jericho. In the book, Jericho records an incredible 2722 wrestling matches and it inspired me to think about my own journaling techniques.
Here are five key lessons on journaling I’ve taken away from Chris Jericho.
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The Stoics say focus
Control what’s in your control
Accept fate’s word
Transitions are a natural part of life. They are transformative moments that make us reevaluate the path we’re walking and move in a new direction for better or worse. Transitions connect people from across the world, young, old, poor, rich, and 2020 has been a year where many of us have had to adapt to changing circumstances.
Bruce Feiler’s Life Is In The Transitions: Mastering Change At Any Age is a timely book that delves into the process of reframing your life story and coming out stronger. From sharing the personal tales of 225 people from across America, to explaining transition superpowers and kryptonite, this book reveals some great insight into personal development.
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In the arena of philosophy, practices are always evolving and being updated. Stoicism is no different and through the centuries, the original ideas laid out by Zeno of Citium were adapted and changed by later Stoics like Cleanthes, Chrysippus and Epictetus.
Epictetus in particular is of note for his focus on the dichotomy of control and his teachings in The Enchiridion have influenced countless generations.
A modern Stoic who’s been influenced by Epitectetus is Massimo Pigliucci and in his book The Stoic Guide To A Happy Life: 53 Brief Lessons For Living, Pigliucci reinterprets The Enchiridion for a modern audience and introduces his own take on how Stoicism should be updated.
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