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Background to Mindfulness

Our mind is a great time traveller. Our thoughts bounce between reflection and replay of the past and planning and forecasting the future. This storytelling mode of our mind sacrifices our time in the right now. This time right now, or present, is an already filtered state as our brain doesn’t have enough bandwidth to consume full input from all of our senses. Our brain has to filter out and discard what it believes is unimportant to allow it to process what it believes is essential.

Mindfulness Introduction Week 1

Session Start Welcome. This is week one of our ventures into Mindfulness. Each week we will focus on trying out at new techniques, building on techniques we already know and sharing our experiences and questions. First Practice, quick breathing exercise to bring us into the right state Sit with back away from back from the chair Feet on ground Rest on hand on the lap Place one hand across the tummy Gently close your eyes Take 6 slow, but comfortable breaths into your belly.

An open mind is an educated mind

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle There is some speculation on the source of this quote. It is often attributed to Aristotle. More on that later. The essence of this simple reflection is separation from thought from the mind. We can grasp an idea and identify with it. The thought becomes us.

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Getting to know Seneca

Who was Seneca? Seneca was an influential and often quoted Stoic philosopher. Seneca was born in 4 B.C. in Cordoba, Hispania (modern-day Spain). Known as Seneca the Younger and Lucius Annaeus Seneca. Senaca, later raised in Rome, was a pivotal teacher and advisor to Emperor Nero. A rich and powerful man of Rome, Seneca narrowly escaped a death penalty in 41 A.D, endured exile and died by forced suicide in 65 A.

Sharesies – everything you need to know

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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