In today's relaxing guided meditation, we focus on how the Stoics used physical exertion as a way to practice and expand their resilience. Much like a muscle growing stronger with use, the mind can grow its ability to remain in a calm emotional state if repeatedly exposed to voluntary hardship. Epictetus used the analogy of “Hard Winter Training.”
In ancient Greek times, warfare would stop during the winter months. The soldier that continued to train during these months would be far better prepared for combat in the spring than the soldier that did no training during this period. Therefore, the Stoics believed in exposing themselves to voluntary hardships during times of relative comfort in life to be fully prepared to meet difficulties when they arrive.
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