Monday, December 16, 2019

Thoughts on the 4 habits of the Stoic mind

In the previous post we see the quote from Marcus basically reminding himself about what Stoicism is. It makes you wonder what was going on in his life to make him stop and add that to his journal. Maybe his emotional state was out of control? Maybe he felt he had been selfish? Maybe he was fighting against or regretting something that had happened to him?

Stoicism and the idea of controlling things (namely the lack thereof) has had a major impact on my life. Coming to the realization that we can really only control what we think and say can reduce our anxiety. Doing the next right thing- living a good life by thinking(reasoning) through each interaction will leave you with a feeling of peace. The thoughts and actions of kindness, wisdom, self control, and courage are all within our control.

So get in the habit of:
1. Accepting only true things.
2. Doing things for the good of all.
3. Aligning your needs and wants with what you control.
4. Accepting what life has in store for you.

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