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Do you ever wonder how some people just seem to have calm
and certainty, no matter what they are faced with?
This is sometimes referred to as "stoic'"calm, because Stoics,
since the times of ancient Greece, were known for their mental
and emotional resilience.
They practiced "Ataraxia" (serene calmness).
In today's video, I will reveal to you 2 central concepts of Stoic practice,
that can help you face life's challenges and obstacles with self-mastery.
"The greatest victory, is over oneself"- Plato.
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Although physically ugly, Socrates had great charisma
and a brilliant mind.
Everyone in Athens agreed that there had never been
anyone quite like him
and probably wouldn’t be again.
He was unique....But he was also extremely annoying.
Socrates described himself as one of those horseflies that
have a nasty bite—a gadfly.
They’re irritating, but don’t do serious harm.
Some loved him; others thought him a dangerous influence.’
Socrates would approach perfect strangers in the marketplace and
ask them questions about their life...
While Socrates’ questions often seemed ‘straightforward’,
they were really designed to make the other person think
hard about his beliefs and re-evaluate things that they would
normally take for granted.
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Ethos, should be the first filter any decision we make needs to pass through.
It is our character - our only true possession.
Your Ethos, apart from personally empowering you, will also make you more trustworthy, gain you a better reputation, an invaluable commodity in business and personal relations.
A leader with Ethos will attract the best people into his/her business, the business will gain a better reputation, better partners and, everything else being equal, more clients. This will drive others to do the same, in order to compete, which will improve the economy on the whole, to the benefit of everyone. Ethos will create a healthier overall environment wherever it’s applied; a beneficial rising tide that sweeps through our society, lifting everyone up.
Virtue (Greek: Areté), the cornerstone of Ethos, is not therefore an abstract term for philosophy, but a very concrete aspect of our personal happiness, freedom and fulfillment. We should be ethical, not only because it’s the ‘right thing’ to do, but for purely selfish reasons. It benefits us and our well being.
Ethos is so important because it becomes the backbone of our character, an experience of our Self in our most empowered state. It provides us with an armour to fight off fear and doubt. It gives us strength, purpose and direction, which are the most empowering traits one can have. Without it, we are a ship without a compass.
As Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor and devout student of Greek philosophy wrote 2,000 years ago:
“No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be good. Like gold or emerald or purple repeating to itself, ‘No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my colour undiminished.’”
Click the graphic below to find out more about "ETHOS" as a life-changing tool
Enjoy ! Alkistis
What is the one key to happiness and freedom that has been a constant from the time of Socrates and the Stoics to today's modern psychotherapy practices like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) etc?
The answer is best expressed by a quote of the Greek philosopher, Epictetus who taught that, 'It isn't events themselves that disturb people, but only their judgments about them.'
This week's video is a clip from the book launch of two books on Stoic Philosophy by Donald Robertson and John Sellars, where I was recently asked to translate at IANOS bookstore in Athens...
Watch our lively discussion and find out how Modern Stoicism can help you create more happiness and freedom in your life.
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As I look back on my childhood, I can clearly see that I was
introduced to Greek philosophy by my father. From a young age,
instead of fairy tales like Cinderella, my father would read us
bedtime stories from Aesop’sFables, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Much later, it was through leadership training, that I was introduced to
Aristotle’s timeless system for influence and persuasion: He
wrote the worlds’s first ever manual on the Art of Persuasion.
It’s called, “The Rhetoric” .
Little did I know, that within this system, lies the key to navigating life...
Like an "Inner GPS"
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How can a philosophy which is over 2000 years old, help someone like you
to overcome anxiety, anger and frustration?
I recently co-hosted a big conference here in Greece (Stoicon) where over 300
people came to find out exactly that.
It went so well, it looks like we will repeat it next year!
Hope to see you there too ! Watch video to learn more.
Enjoy the video, and as always, make sure to leave a comment, or contact me with
your views and questions!
This is Alkistis
Dr Alkistis Agio,
World-class Leadership Trainer & Philosopher,
Founder of The ALKISTIS Method
"There are things which are within our power, and there are things
which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire,
aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own.
Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and,
in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs...."
So starts the first lesson in The Manual For Life, from the teachings of
the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus.
Click on the image below to watch and listen to my latest guided meditation.
You have to admit it, that there is a great wisdom in knowing
what things you can control, and what things you can't control.
Much of our anger, frustration and anxiety stems from things
that we can't control, and it is a waste of time and energy to
be worried all the time about them.
It's like the weather: Can you control the weather? Of course not.
So simply take your precautions and make auxiliary plans, but being anxious,
angry or frustrated is not going to help at all.
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or contact me with your views and questions!
In today's guided meditation, Epictetus warns us that when we really want something badly enough, we are sometimes willing to 'sell ourself cheaply'; we lower our standards, and we forget about our deepest values like honour, virtue, justice etc.
This can lead you down a very 'slippery slope', becoming the type of person that you despise. This will cause you 'dis-ease', and can lead to demotivation and depression.
Guess what? You don't have to do that ! Focusing on maintaining your high values and being true to yourself is the path to fulfilment.
So after today's guided meditation, you will base your decisions on your highest ethos knowing that in the middle and long-term, you will get much better results in your life.
Just sit back, relax and know that true happiness cannot rest on a lie, but only on Truth and Virtue, as Socrates would say.
"It is better to die of hunger, so that you be free from pain & fear, than to
live in plenty & be troubled in mind..."
So taught the great Greek-Stoic philosopher Epictetus in Lesson 12
of, "The Enchiridion" (or Manual for Life) over 2,000 years ago...
He continues, "Is a drop of your oil spilt? Is your cup of wine stolen?
Say to yourself, 'This is the price paid for freedom from passion,
this is the price of a quiet mind'.
So sit back and make yourself as comfortable as possible for today,
you will release anxiety and fears...in our Guided Meditation.
Enjoy the relaxation that also transforms you into a free human being.
I hope you enjoy the video, and as always, make sure to leave a comment,
or contact me with your views and questions !
From Athens, Greece
This is Alkistis
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