Who is your North Star? Who is the leader or person you measure yourself against?
According to the Greek philosophers, this is an important question that must be answered urgently. The Stoics used the concept of the Sage as a hypothetical ideal to contemplate and measure themselves against.
The Stoic Sage is a supremely virtuous, perfect human being. She is a completely good person and lives a smoothly flowing, happy life. She’s the ideal role model in the Stoic philosophy.
This guided meditation will help you decide on who your role models are...
You must always be pointing them out to yourself, as Seneca said. You must always be asking yourself how they would behave, what they would expect of you. You must strive and struggle to live up to their standard.
“There is a need, in my view, for someone as a standard against which our characters can measure themselves. Without a ruler to do it against you won’t make crooked straight.” - Seneca
At the end of each day, sit down with your journal and review:
What did you do?
What did you do well?
What not so well?
How could you improve?
Keep constant watch over yourself and put up each day for personal review,
just like the Pythagoreans and Stoics:
Why? - if you don't know where you went wrong, how are you supposed to improve as a person?
If you don't know how you want to behave in the world, how can you be your best?
Plus, you'll sleep much better with this routine.
Watch video to find out more...
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One of the most advocated routines by the Stoics is to take time to look inward, examine, and reflect. The best times to do that? In the morning after rising and in the evening before you go to bed. Epictetus advises to rehearse the day in the morning, and then review your progress in the evening. At daybreak, we should ask ourselves a few questions, watch the video to find out what those are!
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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In today’s meditation, we will reflect on the Greek philosophy practice, (especially the Stoic School ) of envisioning all the things that can go wrong, which the Romans later called "Premeditatio Mallorum". Why should we practice this? A) To be better prepared B) To feel more grateful for all the things that are going well in our life.
Modern Stoics advise practicing negative visualization daily at a set time, such as early in the morning or late at night.
In the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius Book II.I, the author recommends to himself that he performs the following negative visualization in the early morning:
"In the morning say to thyself, This day I shall have to do with an idle curious man, with an unthankful man, a railer, a crafty, false, or an envious man; an unsociable uncharitable man. All these ill qualities have happened unto them, through ignorance of that which is truly good and truly bad.
But I that understand the nature of that which is good, that it only is to be desired, and of that which is bad, that it only is truly odious and shameful: who know moreover, that this transgressor, whosoever he be, is my kinsman, not by the same blood and seed, but by participation of the same reason, and of the same divine particle;
How can I either be hurt by any of those, since it is not in their power to make me incur anything that is truly reproachful? or angry, and ill affected towards him, who by nature is so near unto me? For we are all born to be fellow-workers, as the feet, the hands, and the eyelids; as the rows of the upper and under teeth: for such therefore to be in opposition, is against nature; and what is it to chafe at, and to be averse from, but to be in opposition?"
In today’s meditation, we will reflect on the Greek Philosophy notion that the only secure source of happiness and freedom is your inner world. This is because everything outside of you can be taken away. Therefore, it is foolish to trust your happiness and wellbeing to that which is outside your control. Everything can be taken from you, at any moment, except one thing: the last of your freedoms—to choose your attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose your own way.
As Seneca, the Stoic philosopher wrote, “We have no grounds for self-admiration through our possessions as they have been loaned to us. We may use and enjoy them, but the one who has allotted His gift decides how long we are to be the tenants; Our duty is to keep ready the gifts we have been given for an indefinite time and to return theem when called upon, making no complaint…”
Let’s reflect on that :Do you truly own anything? Is it really within your control? For example your body, your money, your relationships…? Not really, because at any moment these can be taken away from you due to a change in your luck…
Another Stoic philosopher, Publilius Syrus taught that “If you are to have a great kingdom, rule over yourself!” That’s what we will reflect on today.
Real power can’t be taken away—not by the economy or by an election or by anything else. A weak person is dependent on the moods of the crowd, on the stock market or on the weather, but a philosopher—a lover of wisdom focuses their happiness on their principles.
Other people may hate you, they can be toxic towards you, they can send you away, they can make fun of you or even try to destroy your reputation, but no one can take away your principles.
No one can stop you from ruling over yourself. It’s the best and the biggest and the strongest kingdom there is. Your true kingdom is within.
Think of everything outside of yourself, as borrowed... They are on loan from Nature, Fortune, God, or whatever you want – and you can only use these things temporarily, you are a caretaker.... Everything can be taken away in an instant. Without prior notice. Without asking. It’s just been taken away. Lost. Broken. Stolen. Burned. Died. Or killed….
So imagine all that you have as borrowed, your spouse, your lover, your children, your health, your car, your computer...These are really just on loan to you..At any point the lender may want these back. Just be grateful for all that you have received.
In today's relaxing, healing guided meditation we reflect on "Memento Mori"—the ancient Greek practice of reflection on mortality. It goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.” Plato, who Socrates mentored, taught about the purpose of philosophy in the dialogue of "Phaedon". Plato defined philosophy as a reflection on our own death. This death, of course, could be not only natural, but also the death of the Ego.
Later on the Stoic school adopted this practice, and named it "Memento Mori' in Latin, (Remberance of our imminent death). “Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca To us moderns this sounds like an awful idea. Who wants to think about death? But what if instead of being scared and unwilling to embrace this truth we did the opposite? What if reflecting and meditating on that fact was a simple key to living life to the fullest? Or that it was the key to our freedom—as Montaigne put it,
“To practice death is to practice freedom. A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”
Note: Alkistis is wearing Zeus + Δione clothing.
DEEPLY RELAXING, HEALING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM, "A View From Above" - Plato
In this week's relaxing guided meditation, we go over Plato's liberating concept of "View from Above".
As Marcus Aurelius wrote in Meditations, 7.48, "How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once—of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets—all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites..."
This change of perspective from the individual to “the Whole” has the capacity to change us in fundamental ways. When we take it seriously, it can turn “this human life of ours upside down” (as Plato says in his dialogue Gorgias, line 481c). It can produce inner peace and freedom, replacing anger and pain with compassion and love, even when we are most hurt.