Letters from a Stoic 41 – Summary and Key Takeaways

               In letters from a stoic 41, Seneca talks about the God that within us. “God is near you, he is with you, and he is within you.” He then went to talk about nature and said that if we pay attention to it and look at it with awe our “soul will be deeply moved by a certain intimation of the existence of God.” A deep affinity with…

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Stoicism-Inspired Way to Challenge Your Perception

           "Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them.”  Epictetus            This excerpt from the book of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus called Enchiridion is a fundamental basis on Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the first form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy(CBT).            In this insightful interview with Jeffrey Mishlove in ThinkingAllowedTV, Ellis explained how philosophy is a form of psychotherapy in that the way we…

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Where do I start with Stoicism?

             Probably the most asked question for anyone starting in Stoicism is “Where do I start?” The study of Stoicism can be divided into two broad categories: classic and modern. If you are interested in learning the philosophy on a deep level, you should start with the classics. However, if you wanted to have just enough grasp you can read modern commentaries. Learn me explain.I. Classic Stoicism       …

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Letters from a Stoic 40 – Summary and Key Takeaways

                In letters from a stoic 40, Seneca describes how a philosopher discourse should be. Lucilius met a philosopher named Serapio in his residence. Seneca said not to put so much value on the said philosopher’s discourses which seemed to be done at a fast pace and full of rhetorical words but yet out of order. Seneca argues that discourse should be composed (slow pace) and what matters…

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Letters from a Stoic 39 – Summary and Key Takeaways

            In letters from a stoic 39, Seneca talks about the continual improvement of the soul through studying philosophy. This is a repeated theme in a lot of his letters, convincing Lucilius to put soul above anything else and be a good man. He described two qualities a man with a good soul has. One is the will to be a good man.  “Most excellent quality that the noble soul…

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