Stoic Practices to Help You Through This Time of Chaos

Some stoic practices to help you through this time of Chaos.

What is in my control – As this coronavirus outbreak as shown us there are lots of things outside of our control, Shouting at the tv, posting on Facebook, getting worried and panicking won’t change any of that.

What we can do is focus on the things in our control, We can stay calm amongst the panic, follow the guidelines on how to stop the spread by washing your hands and staying indoors, we can’t control whether other people are going out or not but we can control what we do and how we react.

Amor Fati – A fire turns anything that’s thrown on top of it into flames and burns brighter – Marcus Aurelius 

What keeps you from crumbling in the face of difficulties, Loving what happens to you and turning those obstacles into opportunities. No amount of anger or self-pity will change things, 

When your feeling Hungary say Amor Fati – Because your alive and can feel it,

When you’re being overrun at work because of this outbreak – say Amor fati because you’re still at work helping people and making a difference.

When you’ve just been laid off from a job because of the outbreak, Amor fati, This is an opportunity to spend more time with the family…

Whatever you’re struggling with Amor Fati, how can whatever it is turn you into a better person and grow

Premeditatio Malorum – Have a plan for if things get worse,

People seem to think that this is going to blow over in a couple of weeks and then everything’s going to get back to normal,

It probably isn’t, things are likely going to get much worse, not just during the outbreak but after it too, we’re likely going to face depression, prices and taxes are likely going to increase and some of our favourite businesses are going to go out…

Premeditatio Malorum in a time like this is probably the best time to start practising and planning for if things get worse.

What is quite unlooked for is more crushing in its effect, and unexpectedness adds to the weight of a disaster. This is a reason for ensuring that nothing ever takes us by surprise. We should project our thoughts ahead of us at every turn and have in mind every possible eventuality instead of only the usual course of events…”

Sympatheia – We’re all in this together

Stop being selfish, and look after the greater community its a global epidemic, not a youdemic play your part even that means just staying inside.

Memento Mori – We walk around thinking that we’re going to live forever and we treat our loved ones the same,

Memento More means to remember that you will die and so will your loved ones, this isn’t supposed to morbid but the opposite,

Knowing that one day you or your loved one will eventually part ways with life means that you don’t take their time with you for granted, you cherish the time that you’re given instead of wasting it watching tv or on your phone.

We need to practice

We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci

Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,

The question is what are you practising?

Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…

Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time

Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised

Each Change A Death

Each Change A Death – Marcus Aurelius

Each change brings about chaos from our normal world, Chaos of the unknown, Chaos of discomfort and Pain,

Each time we descend into this unknown world, We die a little,

We die a death…

A death of our old self.

A death of the way we used to do things

A death of the way we used to think…

And from those deaths we are reborn…

But life is ever-changing so we are forever dieing

& If you’re not adapting you will forever live in a world of Chaos.

‘If you’re not growing – Your dying’ – Tony Robbins

As the same fire assumes different shapes when it consumes objects differing in shape, so does oneself take the shape of every creature in whom he is present

As the same fire assumes different shapes when it consumes objects differing in shape, so does oneself take the shape of every creature in whom he is present. – Marcus Aurelius

Oneself take the shape of every creator in whom he is present… Look around your office, Your social circle, Your family… Now look at yourself, Do you resemble them?

Maybe not at first look… But dig deeper… Your thoughts, Your actions, Your mood… They converse about tv shows, talk about their anxiety… How they can’t be bothered, Continue reading “As the same fire assumes different shapes when it consumes objects differing in shape, so does oneself take the shape of every creature in whom he is present”

How long are you going to wait

How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself? – Epictetus⠀

An interesting observation I’ve made in myself and others -⠀

We are quick to offer advice to our family and friends, Even go as far as getting annoyed with them if they don’t follow our judgments.⠀

Because we want the best for them, We know that they could do better and make better choices…⠀

Yet when it comes to ourselves -⠀

Level Up Your Life (2)

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