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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor (ebook, pdf)

How to Think Like a Roman Emperor covers the life of Marcus Aurelius in a unique and entertaining way of introducing and exploring a number of key Stoic principles in practice. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor overlays a compelling account of the life of Marcus Aurelius with Stoic philosophy in the context of the great challenges Marcus confronted as a child through to his death. Each chapter takes us through a period of the life of Marcus and ends with a short reflection/explanation of Stoic values in the context of the experiences of Marcus

How to live like a Stoic in 4 steps — How to live like

What can a 2,000 year old philosophy do to help us thrive in the 21st century? Stoicism is a very practical way of thinking with a number of techniques that can not only help us cope, but help us thrive and grow. Surprisingly the Stoic approach to daily life is a great way to more… How to live like a Stoic in 4 steps — How to live like

Be in the Arena

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Rumination

Is our mind the greatest story teller? Our minds seem to work on stories either via replay (he said, she said, and then this) or predictive stories. Our storytelling is largely based on emotion, rarely logical and largely perception biased. As our memory doesn’t work as a reliable filing system but instead recreates our recalled experience, our memories are largely false. This is important when we consider rumination. Simply put rumination is the state of chewing over these stories we tell ourselves without any progress.

The map is not the territory

The map is not the territory was presented as a presupposition of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) on a recent course. The term was for some reason, the trickiest of the presuppositions to grasp in a practical way. Step one was understanding that the world map and model are used interchangeably here. The map is our own model or perception of the world. I then came across this quote: Monks, we who look at the whole and not just the part, know that we too are systems of interdependence, of feelings, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness all interconnected.

Guard the quality of your thoughts

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts Marcus Aurelius Thoughts such as anger, resentment and frustration set our mental filter, distorting our perception and increasing whatever feeling is boiling away. That moment of road-rage is caused by a distorted view of an innocuous event, but we were already angry or frustrated, our perception makes the action of the other driver a personal attack ‘how dare they’.

Goals and Values

If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable Seneca As events unfold without a direction or goal, how would we know if we are moving forwards, backwards or sideways? Seneca reminds us that without a goal we have no ability to assess the direction we are heading. Perhaps we will unwisely judge events emotively without the ability to assess them wisely.