Post your reflections, observations, share advice and discuss any passages in Stoicism you have found particularly helpful, all in the thread below!’ Please post here anything related to Living the Stoic life today, whether in the comments or, if you would like, via your own Youtube video diary! [Feel free to publish under pseudonym if you prefer!]
Want some listening material for Stoic week? I would strongly recommend Peter Adamson’s podcasts from his series ‘History of Philosophy Without any Gaps‘. In particular:
- Marcus Aurelius
- Stoic Ethics (there are also Stoic Physics and Stoic Logic)
- Interview with David Sedley on Stoicism
- Interview with John Sellars on Roman Stoicism
That list of six recommendations gives you one a day, each 20 minutes or so, ideal for listening to while on the bus, train, or walking. Available via iTunes.
Roundup of recent posts from the blog.
Roundup of Recent Posts
- Stoic Reflections From The Gym (part 1) by Greg Sadler
- Modern Stoicism Expert Panel Posts – Stoicism, Pain, and Illness
- Gratitude in my Attitude: How I Found my Way Into the Rooms of AA and the Stoics
- How to Support Modern Stoicism
- Freelancing, Stress and Stoicism by Andrew Munro
- Suggest a Quote For Our Expert Panel to Discuss
- Earlybird Tickets for Stoicon Athens Now Available
- Stoic Therapy for Anger by Tim LeBon (part 2)
- Bloggers: Send us your Articles
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If you intend to take part in Stoic week, please can you spend a few minutes (less than 10 in all ) helping us by filling in three questionnaires. You can do this by visiting the following three pages.
Anyone completely new to Stoicism who is going to follow the Stoic Week may want to read some ancient Stoic texts but not know where to begin. For the purposes of this project I would recommend two texts: The Handbook of Epictetus (cited a number of times in the booklet) and Seneca’s On the Shortness of Life. Both of these texts are short, accessible, and to the point. Reading them and reflecting on their ideas would itself form a productive exercise during the week. I have made copies of both available online, and they should display reasonably well on mobile devices.
Download the Booklet
You are all, wherever you are around the world, warmly invited to take part in our Stoic week!
Above is the link to the thirty-page booklet, a joint effort by academics and psychotherapists who have studied Stoicism, a booklet which you can use during our Stoic week [November 26th – December 3rd]. It contains all that you need for the week, including important (yet practical) background theory, specific advice (including bringing Stoicism to work), as well as a host of Stoic exercises (‘askeseis’) which you can practise. Take your time to read and reflect on the booklet this weekend, and be ready to live the Stoic life come this Monday, joining people from all over the world, in living the wisdom of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, et al.!
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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!