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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