Practice stoic philosophy
Stoic philosophy is not something you do or do not believe in. It is something you do or do not live by.
The way to be a better stoic is by integrating this ancient thoughts into every day life. It is not an easy task to do, but there are practices that can help you with that.
The most basic Stoic practice is meditation on famous stoic thought, that stayed with us in a form of quotes. It is essential to understand that Stoic quotes should not be read like books. We reed one, and then we reflect on the meaning of it. A few typical options are to read a quote and:
- go to sleep (reflect on the thought before you fall asleep)
- take a walk,
- start driving, home chores etc.
The best stoic quotes and reflections can be found in Meditations by Marcus Aurelius <...>
Those quotes can be also found in an easier form in books by Ryan Holiday: Daily Stoic, Obstacle is the way and Ego is the enemy are all great books that present the most useful (for us today) stoic quites together with a deep explanation and up-to-date examples. Reading one chapter a day before sleep (all chapters are very short) seems like the best way to start your stoic practice.
Over time, you should enrich it with other forms of meditations, like:
- making long walks to think about philosophy and your life only,
- sitting in silence and try to not think except saing from time to time a stoic quote or prey.
Then there are more concrete stoic meditations:
- EARLY MORNING REFLECTION (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/)
- A VIEW FROM ABOVE (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/) (The agitations that beset you are superfluous, and depend wholly upon judgments of your own. You can get rid of them, and in so doing will indeed live at large, by embracing the whole universe in your view and comprehending all eternity and imagining the swiftness of change in each particular, seeing how brief is the passage from birth to dissolution, birth with its unfathomable before, dissolution with its infinite hereafter. (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 9.32))
- CONTEMPLATION OF THE IDEAL MAN (OR WOMAN) (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/)
- BEDTIME REFLECTION (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/)
- NEGATIVE VISUALISATION (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/)
## Practicing asceticism
One of the most
Now there are two kinds of [Stoic] training, one which is appropriate for the soul alone, and the other which is common to both soul and body. We use the training common to both when we discipline ourselves to cold, heat, thirst, hunger, meager rations, hard beds, avoidance of pleasures, and patience under suffering. For by these things and others like them the body is strengthened and becomes capable of enduring hardship, sturdy and ready for any task; the soul too is strengthened since it is trained for courage by patience under hardship and for self-control by abstinence from pleasures. (Musonius Rufus, Lectures 6)
SELF RETREAT (https://dailystoic.com/10-insanely-useful-stoic-exercises/)
Causing positive disconfort:
- Cold showers
- Retreats - escaping world for a few days and doing nothing but reflecting and writing.
Admit not sleep into your tender eyelids till you have reckoned up each deed of the day — How have I erred, what done or left undone? So start, and so review your acts, and then for vile deeds chide yourself, for good be glad. (Epictetus, Discourses III, 10)