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Living like a Roman Emperor: Stoic Week One

Our first Stoic week will be from Monday 26th November – 3rd December. This will include following key Stoic principles, and the practice of specific askeseis (spiritual exercises) on a daily basis. A booklet is currently being put together by academics and psychotherapists  which will be uploaded by this coming Friday (23rd November) at the latest. Check back later in the week to download a copy. You are invited to join in this experiment!

Video of Stoicism Today Workshop

Interviews on the dialogue between psychotherapy and academia on adapting Stoicism for the modern day, including ideas on the way forward. See below: watch and leave your reaction!

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The System of Stoic Philosophy

The System of Stoic Philosophy

Copyright (c) Donald Robertson, 2012. All rights reserved.

This article attempts to summarise some of the structured elements of the early Stoic philosophical system, such as the tripartite classification of the topics of philosophy, the virtues, the passions, and their subdivisions, etc., as reputedly described by the primary sources. It’s still a work in progress, see please feel free to post comments or corrections.

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Stoicism in Healthcare: Parallels with the Adaption of Buddhist Mindfulness

This reflective essay, drawing on parallels with the adaptation of Buddhist mindfulness practice into the eight week mindfulness programme, offers one approach for the applications of Stoicism in Healthcare today. Patrick Ussher explores the parallels in this piece.

Please read and share your thoughts.

Stoicism in Healthcare

 

 

An Evening of Stoic Meditation

N.B. This is reposted from our Ancient Healthcare: Modern Wellbeing blog.

“MA Student Patrick Ussher reports on the recent Medication event held at the University of Exeter:

On the 22nd February, 2012, the University of Exeter’s Meditation Society held an exploratory session with the theme

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius

‘Stoic Meditation: Learning from the Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.’ The session was led by Prof. Christopher Gill, professor of Ancient Thought in the Classics department, and by Patrick Ussher, MA Classics student. It was  part of the University’s mental wellbeing day.

The session began with Prof. Gill outlining the core principles within Stoic psychology as well as a discussion on what Stoicism can offer today. On this, Prof. Gill put forward that Stoicism has ‘…a coherent and powerful philosophy of life, based on a connected framework for correlating ethics with psychology and our study of the natural universe.’ We then turned our attention to Marcus Aurelius and the meditative nature of his ongoing philosophical dialogue with himself, as well as the specific principles within those dialogues. As an example, Continue reading “An Evening of Stoic Meditation”

Workshop: Stoicism and its Modern Uses II

Supporting papers for the Exeter workshop, including a discussion of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and its possible usefulness for modern psychotherapy, from the workshop at Exeter University 5th-6th October. Delve in and post your thoughts!

Discussion of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations and its Modern Uses

Outline of Sessions