Enjoy this deeply relaxing guided meditation, reflecting on the teachings of Epictetus, the Greek philosopher.
"There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs...."
So starts the first lesson in The Manual For Life (The Enchiridion) , from the teachings of the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus.
It is the inspiration for the Serenity Prayer:
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."
DID YOU KNOW? Deep relaxation practices of consciously recognizing and controlling our thoughts and dreams, has been around for centuries. Since ancient Greek times, "Morpheus" the Greek god of Dreams was venerated. Aristotle, the Greek philosopher and scientist, (384-322 BC) who wrote about this practice in his works, ('On Dreaming' and 'On Sleep and Waking') was the first to note that the images and symbols we see in dream and myth speak directly to our subconscious. Hippocrates, (460-377BC) the Father of modern Medicine, praised induced dreaming & hypnosis for its benefits.
DOCTORS RECOMMEND daily practice of a deeply relaxing inner state, to help us manage stress and anxiety. Scientific Studies have proven that in relaxed state, the mind is more than 200% more receptive to suggestions, than in ordinary, conscious state. In addition, when we introduce a 'positive mission statement' during this practice, it can bring on positive powerful changes in our life. Here's where you can listen to more like the above GUIDED MEDITATION.
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