Stoicism

Dr. Strange’s Keyhole: Opening The Doors Of Perception

Freedom IS a constant struggle not against the external but against the INTERNAL. I can’t recall the correct attribution, since I ran across the quote in some link-rabbit hole surf day. Even so, the idea resonates with me, especially as one just beginning to practice Stoic philosophy. After all, one of the big keys of …

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Belief, Instinct, Social Norms, And The Mess Of Personal Psychology

Go with your gut. Trust your instincts. Both wonderful lessons. Often, though, I believe we confuse belief or cultural understanding with instinct. Don’t believe me? Name five differences between men and women off the top of your head. Feel free to write them down. Now…how many of them involve learned behavior? 😉 I bet you …

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Stoic Musings: Acceptance vs. Passivity. What’s The Difference?

So, Wednesday, and we’ve got two out of five pieces to the puzzle I’m trying to work into my thought process. Control what you can.  Ignore the rest. Events don’t upset you.  Beliefs do. Now we come to number three, which is where things really started coming together for me.  Because while the two pieces …

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Stoic Musings: Why What We Believe About Events Upsets Us More Than The Event.

Remember the last time someone upset you?  Did something that really hurt?  Did you stop to ask yourself, Why?  What do I believe about this event that caused the pain? I don’t know if it’s a rare person or not that will ask such a question of themselves.  I only know I began asking myself …

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Stoicism: What The Stoics Knew About Realistic Thinking And Gratitude

Fascinating what we find when we dig into the history of a concept.  Stoicism isn’t even an idea I found particularly interesting or appealing until two days ago, when Tim Ferris shared a blog post from Aeon about the concept.  Aeon’s post Indifference Is A Power discusses why stoicism is “one of the best mind hacks …

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