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What is Stoic Meditation?

So you’ve heard about stoic meditation, but what’s the best way to practice it? The Stoics emphasized virtue above all else, and their writings were considered the foundation of modern philosophy. In this article, we’ll talk about the virtues of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca, and discuss how to practice stoic meditation. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Stoic meditation

According to the Stoics, happiness is a state of mind, and following the dictates of reason brings eudaimonia. By following the Stoic virtues, we can harmonize with nature and achieve inner peace. These virtues are not merely theoretical, but are practical tools for achieving inner balance. They also help us to avoid emotional reactions to situations we can’t control.

A Stoic meditation practice involves dividing the attitude of the mind into two parts: awareness of the whole world and your place in it. This allows you to realize how insignificant and transient all material things are, and that your own life is a brief one. Alternatively, you can picture an ideal Stoic wise person, or even a particular role model. These three aspects of meditation help you understand yourself better and change your life.

One aspect of Stoic meditation is journaling. Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius wrote a journal which later became his Meditations. Written to help him deal with the chaos of life, the journal contains wisdom and insight. This writing is an excellent tool for tying your thoughts together and examining your development. It can help you become more aware of yourself. You can also look at your own development as a writer.

Once you have learned how to focus, you can practice the practice. It’s important to adjust to distractions. You shouldn’t exclude your thoughts when practicing Stoic meditation. In fact, repetition can be a mental “centering” device. Just remember not to let your mind drift into intrusive thoughts or feelings. The Stoics warned that you should not allow intrusive thoughts and feelings to overtake you.

Stoic virtues

The Stoics value the virtues of wisdom, justice, temperance, and courage. Practicing these virtues brings happiness and eudaimonia, the Stoic version of ‘enlightenment’. The virtues themselves are a matched set of qualities, and they are central to living a full human life. Here’s a brief introduction to their four most important virtues:

Wisdom. The Stoic virtue of wisdom refers to the capacity to think critically and take action. Rather than reacting to everything, a Stoic thinker considers a situation on its face. He focuses on the present moment rather than speculating on someone else’s intentions. This way, he consciously focuses on the present moment instead of reacting to it. Ultimately, wisdom leads to new behaviors.

Prudence. Prudence is the ability to discern what is good for us. Justice is the habit of mind that attributes proper dignity to all things and respects the welfare of society. Temperance is a well-regulated dominion of reason over the affections of the mind. By reflecting on your values, you will be able to identify the values that matter most to you. Once you’ve outlined your personal values, you’ll be able to better apply them in real life.

Courage. Courage can be extended to the endurance of pain and discomfort. This virtue opposes cowardice, and appears to form a pair with moderation. Courage is the ability to master your passions, desires, and fears. If you have courage, you won’t let fear control you. But it’s worth remembering that courage takes time, and that it doesn’t necessarily follow a plan.

Marcus Aurelius

In this excerpt from his Memorabilia, Marcus writes about his appreciation for the Stoic teacher Rusticus and his reading of the 3rd c. BCE Stoic Aristo of Chios. He also quotes Epicurus, Democritus, Euripides, Heraclitus, and Homer. The Stoics’ teachings on virtue were influential, but the ancient Stoics were not the only philosophers to use these ideas.

Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations were never intended to be published. While he was busy planning military campaigns from the 170s to the 180s, he wrote them while he was at Carnuntum and Aquincum. In fact, he wrote the Meditations during his campaign against Quadi. Despite his dedication to self-improvement, the Stoic philosophy has proved to be an invaluable tool for self-improvement and spirituality.

To practice Stoicism, you must first understand the concept of ‘human nature’ and what it seeks. The Stoics don’t believe in the concept of good and evil, but rather in the nature of existence. Similarly, the Stoics’ philosophy is not a cure for every ailment or pain, but rather a way to deal with those circumstances. And the Stoics’ idea of a good life includes not only self-care, but self-improvement as well.

One of Marcus Aurelius’ meditations relates to the nature of the self. In his Meditations, he discusses the importance of happiness and the power of positive thinking. While suffering is inevitable, the quality of life is determined by how we respond to it. According to Aurelius, happiness is the right of every human being. However, it must be embraced rather than feared. So, while we should not over-react to anything that happens to us.

Seneca

The most famous Stoic meditation is a simple exercise similar to journaling. This contemplative practice involves identifying destructive thoughts and emotions without judgement and then deciding how to react to them in a given moment. Other examples of Stoic meditation include imagining yourself as a philosopher or wise person who watches over your actions, or contemplating the impermanence of everything and the insignificance of the world.

Stoics often meditate in order to learn from their mistakes. When deciding whether to take a course of action, Stoics ask themselves a series of questions to determine their character, virtues, and nature. Do they follow the precepts of virtue and justice? Have they always acted with justice? If so, what should they do differently? Do they live by the Stoic virtues?

The fundamental exercise in Stoic meditation is contemplation of death. Epictetus teaches his students to contemplate catastrophic events, including death. The whole Stoic tradition is based on contemplative practice, whether it be written exercises, visualisation of death patiently, or verbal formulae. It’s not surprising that such practices are so widespread in the Stoic tradition. But what are the benefits of contemplation?

Firstly, it is important to consider the fact that death is inevitable. We are all destined to die. This is the reason why many Stoics compare death to a frightening mask. The truth is, death is an inevitable thing, and no one is immune from it. Therefore, we must prepare ourselves for it. The Stoics’ philosophy teaches us to view death with a radically different perspective.

Epictetus

The Stoics were famous for their discipline of logic, which they used to organize their philosophy. Each impression contained a value-judgment. In addition, we often give assent to this judgment. So, we cannot escape the need to apply logic and dialectic to our lives. Therefore, we must understand the nature of logic and dialectic. Fortunately, Epictetus’ work on logic can help us understand the nature of our own thought processes.

While Epictetus’ writings are not the most enjoyable to read, they often contain some of the most profound ideas. Holiday’s book also points out some of the great authors who are in line with the stoic philosophy and practice. In this short review, I recommend Epictetus’ work for anyone looking to deepen their practice of philosophy. If you want to learn more about the Stoic philosophy and its importance, you should check out Stoic Meditation.

The Stoic tradition includes many examples of meditation from Ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks emphasized the importance of quiet, contemplative meditation to achieve enlightenment. Epictetus also emphasized the importance of examining the impressions that we make. Though our judgments are “upset,” they are ultimately composite. Therefore, we must learn how to discern the value of every impression in our lives.

Stoic philosophy has a practical application today. This book combines Stoicism with mindfulness. Through daily stoic meditation, you can develop perspective and learn the art of meditating. The content includes conversations with expert practitioners, explanations of Stoic theory, and original texts of famous Stoics, such as Marcus Aurelius. It is designed for both novice and advanced meditators alike.