"You get the god(s) you deserve". Discussion with Donald Robertson at the Temple of Poseidon, Greece
What is your image of "God"? Perhaps you see a Father or Mother in the sky, or for you, God is simply the Logos...Nature or Consciousness...Join my fascinating discussion, up at the spectacular Temple of Poseidon overlooking the sea in Greece, where I am speaking with best-selling author Donald Robertson. He says, "You get the god(s) you deserve"...
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This week I have the honour & pleasure of discussing with eminent Stoicism expert Donald Robertson, renowned author, therapist and Modern Stoic at the www.agiorgiti-residence.com in Athens, Greece. (Home of the Stoic Society of Athens).
Join us as we discuss: Stoicism, Happiness, Self-Leadership, Marcus Aurelius, Corona and much more.
"This book is a wonderful introduction to one of history's greatest figures: Marcus Aurelius. His life and this book are a clear guide for those facing adversity, seeking tranquility and pursuing excellence." ―Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and The Daily Stoic
"Robertson distills the emperor’s philosophy into useful mental habits...[he] displays a sound knowledge of Marcus' life and thought...[his] accessible prose style contributes to its appeal...[the] book succeeds on its own terms, presenting a convincing case for the continuing relevance of an archetypal philosopher-king." ―The Wall Street Journal
"This is a terrific book on Marcus Aurelius and flourishing in the Stoic mode."
Are you a people-pleaser? It’s normal, we all do it, and we all know it’s not good for us when performed excessively. It’s easy to get caught up in what others want or expect, which can result in flexing our own dreams and wishes to fit with someone else’s. While this usually comes from good intentions, the outcome is often disappointment and resentment. Why? Because we missed out on doing what would ring true in our own hearts.
In today's guided meditation, we will be reflecting on the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who was once a slave, but later went on to found an important school of philosophy in Greece.
"When someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn't have to look outside themselves for approval." How does this teaching relate to you?
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In today's guided meditation, we reflect on the wise words of Pericles of Athens who said that "Freedom is not a matter of possessing the ability to control or impact the events of our lives. It is about being free from the frustration and pain that comes from wanting events to occur other than they do." This wisdom sounds remarkably like the Stoic concept of "Dichotomy of Control".
'The ‘Dichotomy of Control’, is a central idea that the Stoics held and practiced. Epictetus, one of the main Stoic philosophers taught:
“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals and not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own.”
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