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Today we look at "The Three Disciplines or areas of application of Stoic philosophy:
The Discipline of Assent. (Greek: Sunkatathesis)
This has to do with how we allow ourselves to perceive the world around us. When we control our perceptions, we get mental clarity; the ability to assent to true impressions, dissent from false ones, and suspend our judgment (epoché ie Greek for ‘suspension of judgment’) toward uncertain ones. It concerns how we should judge our impressions so as not to be carried away by them into anxiety or disturbing emotions.
The Discipline of Will (Greek: Orexis)
This has to do with how we align and apply our will with the course of Nature; A wise person would seek to harmonize his inner Logos, with the greater cosmic Logos, just like a musician attunes his/her instrument to the symphony orchestra. When we do this, we can deal with anything the world puts before us.
The Discipline of Action. (Greek: Hormê) This has to do with the actions we take or do not take towards a desired outcome; when we direct our actions properly and justly, we are effective and get results. The discipline has to do with the development of the skill to take the right action (Kathekon), at the right time (Kairós), for the right reason (Orthos logos). Vincit qui se vincit. (Stoic motto, Latin: He conquers, who conquers himself) Let’s look at how these three main disciplines would look in practice in today's video.
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We face tough decisions everyday. As a parent, spouse, business professional, you encounter several circumstances each day which test your patience, your character and your peace of mind.
A Personal Mission Statement is a tool that can guide you and help shape your decisions, priorities and reactions, based on your values and the vision you have for your life. It is a condensed, focused representation of your Ethos. A helpful reminder from the person you want to be. But first you need to know your values.
"Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world” - Archimedes
Clarifying your life purpose makes it easier to navigate through life, when you have a sense of where you want to go. Your psychological well being is empowered, when your actions and words are aligned with your core values. Life is generally good and you feel more content, confident and satisfied. When your behavior doesn’t match your values, you develop a sense of uneasiness that swells inside of you preventing you from reaching your state of eudaimonia.
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Your higher self is the real you, the soul consciousness that is so, so much more than the physical form you know so well. Socrates called the higher self, "Daemonion". He claimed that he was given guidance for all his life, and encouraged his students to do the same.
Your higher self is the you that is unlimited and eternal. It’s the part of you that excites you with inspiration, guides you with intuition and teaches you through insight.
Your intentions, desires and your secrets are well-known to your higher self.
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Aristotle, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, proposed that there are 5 fears that every person has in life: Which one of these sound like you? You’re afraid that you won’t achieve anything important in your life..You’re afraid of being alone...You’re afraid of being poor... You’re afraid of being sick... You’re afraid of dying..
Today we will look at what is the ideal way to think and act according to Aristotle.
On the outside, you may appear strong, and confident, but on the inside you often feel frustrated, angry, anxious, and down deep inside, if you are honest with yourself, you have fears.
For Aristotle and the Stoics, the way to excellence is to find the middle way. They called this , The Golden Mean.
If you have the fear that you won’t achieve anything of significance in your life it may be because you are just going about in your life accepting things as they are. You’ re acting like a coward, not asking much in life, quitting easily when life puts obstacles in your way. It’s a clear sign that you don’t have enough courage and that you need to be more pro-active towards your goals.
The other side of the same example, if you are being reckless in your life, risking all your savings on your dream. this may lead to you losing everything and hurting yourself and others.
The real courageous person has some characteristics which are in between cowardice and recklessness, somewhere in the middle of fearful and brash behavior and this is that we should aim for in life so that we can approach the virtue of Courage.
If you want to be a courageous person in your life the Greek philosophers tell us that :
A courageous person is:
1- Not affected by or afraid of the good nor the bad things in life.
2- Realizes with awareness and recognizes the things that he does not like
3- Doesn’t hesitate to take charge of their life.
4- Is constantly trying to improve and and can manage their fears.
5- Isn’t surprised by any situation that may come up in his life.
6- Is strong with their patience and maintains their composure.
7- Can always find something positive in every situation and an opportunity even if
things seem bad.
8- Isn’t afraid of things as they are prepared for every situation.
Finally a courageous person is the one who knows how they should react and are always prepared to confront situations with patience. The person who can evolve in life and live between cowardice and recklessness a has courage.
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"Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all."
– Aristotle, ‘Rhetoric’ 4th century BC
Aristotle is one of the greatest thinkers in the history of science and philosophy, making contributions to logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, politics, agriculture, medicine, dance and theatre. He was a student of Plato, who in turn studied under Socrates. Find out what he said about
FINDING FULFILMENT in life. (Watch the video)
Aristotle was born around 384 B.C. in the ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedonia, where his father was the royal doctor. He grew up to be arguably the most influential philosopher who ever lived, with many nicknames like ‘The Master’, or simply ‘The Philosopher’.
His first big teaching commission was tutoring Alexander The Great, to whom he taught his leadership skills. When Alexander the Great went out to conquer the whole of the known world, Aristotle headed off to Athens, to study under Plato for a while, until eventually branching out on his own. In 335 BC, he founded the Lyceum, the first scientific institute, based in Athens, Greece.
He was one of the strongest advocates of a liberal arts education, which stresses the education of the whole person, including one's moral character, rather than merely learning a set of skills. According to Aristotle, this view of education is necessary if we are to produce a society of happy, as well as productive individuals.
For Aristotle, philosophy was about practical wisdom being of service to society.
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Are you living in a virtual reality? Plato taught that we are caught in the 'Matrix' due to our body...
Are you living in a virtual reality? Plato taught that we are caught in the 'Matrix' due to our body...
For Plato, true insights come from a timeless sphere of eternal truths; the world of Ideas; a higher world, of which this material world that we perceive is just a shadow. In order to find happiness, Plato maintained, we need to have the Guiding Light of the Idea of True, Eternal Love and Goodness.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” - Plato
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Born in 428 BC, into a prominent and wealthy family in the city state of Athens, he studied under Socrates and then devoted his life to one goal; helping people reach a state of what he termed ‘Eudaimonia’ meaning success, happiness and fulfillment...
Expressing his more metaphysical nature, Plato maintained that our body is nothing more than a vehicle for the soul, a sort of biological virtual reality suit. Through philosophy, we could expand our mind and come to the realization that what we perceive as reality is only a shadow of a greater reality. He explained this concept in his work, 'The Republic', using a simple allegory; the 'Allegory of the Cave'. It illustrates the need for more self-reflection and self-knowledge and the consequences of not doing so.
From Plato also comes the vision of the three-part nature of the soul, or psyche, as explained through the 'Allegory of the Charioteer'. A concept with great depth, it furnishes an unmatched visualization of what a human is, and why he does what he does.
The Charioteer represents reason, the part of the soul that must guide itself to truth and happiness (Eudaimonia). One horse represents rational or moral impulse, the positive part of passionate nature (e.g. honor, righteous indignation), while the other represents the soul's irrational passions, appetites, and lustful nature.
Without expanding into Plato’s metaphysical descriptions, the purpose of the Charioteer is to direct the entire chariot, ie the soul, towards enlightenment, while keeping the horses aligned and in balance, a difficult task, given that one wants to rise to the heavens, and the other to return to earth.
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Today we will explore an overview of the views of Socrates on Finding Happiness...
Socrates was born in Athens, Greece in 460 BC and has a unique place in the history of happiness and personal well-being as he is the first known figure in history to argue that happiness is actually obtainable through human effort. (See video or continue reading)
Like most ancient peoples, the Greeks had a rather pessimistic view of human existence. Happiness was deemed a rare occurrence and reserved only for those whom the gods favored. The idea that one could pursue happiness for oneself was considered hubris, a kind of overreaching pride and was to be met with harsh punishment by the gods. Many Greek myths warned of this horrible fate. (Continue reading article below.)
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Against this fatalistic backdrop, the optimistic Socrates enters the scene. The key to happiness, he argues, is to turn attention away from the body and towards the mind’s inner world. By self-inquiry and the harmonizing of our desires, we can learn to pacify the mind and achieve a state of inner tranquility. According to Socrates, leading a moral life is to be preferred to an immoral one, primarily because it leads to happiness.
We see right here, at the beginning of Western philosophy, that happiness is at the forefront, linked to other concepts such as virtue, justice, discernment. It is central in understanding the ultimate meaning of human existence, beyond religion.
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Achieving Your Goals & Life-long Learning...
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