Roman philosopher Seneca had learned the art of objective, critical thinking from the ancient Greek thinkers, especially Socrates and later Stoic philosophers like Zeno.
In today's guided meditation, we reflect on his correspondence with his friend Lucilius Junior where he wrote:
"There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
Seneca counsels his young friend in his thirteenth letter, entitled “On Groundless Fears”:
"What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come. Accordingly, some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow."
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