For people with an interest in Stoicism and philosophy, the Roman power broker and politician Seneca looms large. His writing offers great insight into the mind of someone who was attempting to put the philosophy into practice, while also serving as a will and testament of a man who was guilty of falling short of what he preached at times.
Letters From A Stoic contains all 124 of the letters Seneca wrote to his friend Lucilius. The book would benefit anyone who wants to pick up a bit of wisdom or change their perception of the world.
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Well done for making the decision
Now embrace every moment of it
All that is bad and good
Is what you perceive it to be
As the old saying goes, in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. The latter is something we have a choice of whether to pay or not and face the consequences. The former is inevitable, so we might as well do the best we can while we’re alive and look back on a life well lived.
All of this ties into the idea of memento mori, a concept the Romans took to heart and it’s the focus of Memento Mori: What The Romans Can Tell Us About Old Age & Death by Peter Jones.
An informative book filled with quirky and resonant themes about how to accept death with grace, Memento Mori may help change your perspective on life beyond the veil.
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The life of a freelance writer can be an emotional rollercoaster. You’re running a business, you’re juggling responsibilities, you’re trying to lock in new clients, you’re shedding old clients, you’re learning on the job, you’re taking a step back, you’re trying your best to make it work.
As a freelance copywriter myself, stepping on and off this rollercoaster is made a little easier by turning to Stoicism and books like How To Launch A Freelance Copywriting Business: Creative Writing For A Living by Jules Horne.
A must-read book for freelance creatives, Horne shares her own experiences of setting off into the writing wilderness and creating a business that’s sustainable and satisfies the soul.
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Reflect on the momentum of the day
Thank the people you meet
For giving you a different perspective
Another step towards striving to be better
Examining the philosophies of different cultures is useful for bringing into your own perspective if there is a personal connection. For the vikings, they felt personally connected to themes of strength, bravery and family that are as timeless today as they were back then.
A key theme of Old Norse philosophy was the concept of wyrd. Translating to fate, wyrd encompassed personal choices, the gods and more.
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Even when you’re unsure of the outcome
Do the right thing
You’re an archer aiming for the target
It doesn’t matter if you don’t hit the bullseye
Making the attempt is enough
Of the many things I’ve come to appreciate about Stoicism is the fact that it attracts people from all walks of life. It inspires them to pursue new interests, to understand different types of philosophy through unique lenses and everyone has their own story about coming to Stoicism in general.
Stoic Athenaeum recently interviewed What is Stoicism?, an epic online resource packed full of actionable insights. It was a pleasure to hear this unique tale of Stoicism told and how the brand has developed over time.
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Do you consider yourself an epicurean? Do you enjoy fine food and a pleasurable lifestyle? Being an epicurean is different to being an Epicurean, as in following the teachings of Epicurus.
The philosophy of Epicureanism is often misunderstood as a hedonistic worldview and I’ll admit to thinking that too when I first came across it. After reading The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness by John Sellars I was glad to be proven wrong.
A wonderful book on an introduction to Epicureanism, The Fourfold Remedy sets the record straight.
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Not knowing what the next day brings can feel scary
It’s only an impression
Love your fate and live the best version of it