The second most useful Stoic Exercise averaging a 4.2 star rating (out of five) was the View from Above
This is the description from the Stoic Booklet
Key text: Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 7.48.
‘A fine reflection from Plato. One who would converse about human beings should look on all things earthly as though from some point far above, upon herds,
armies, and agriculture, marriages and divorces, births and deaths, the clamour of law courts, deserted wastes, alien peoples of every kind, festivals, lamentations, and
markets, this intermixture of everything and ordered combination of opposites.’
The ‘View from Above’ is a guided visualization which is aimed at
instilling a sense of the ‘bigger picture’, and of understanding your role in wider
community of humankind. You might decide to listen to the View from Above first
thing in the morning, at a quiet point during the day (e.g. after lunch) or late in the
evening, perhaps even last thing at night. It can be listened to sitting or lying down.
You can download a free recording of the View from Above (by Donald Robertson) at this
The application below should also allow you to play the recording:
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The New Year may be a particularly appropriate time to gain this cosmic perspective, so why not download and listen to the recording today?