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How to Deal with Change: Advice from the Stoics

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom ‘’You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength’’ ~ Marcus Aurelius Are you finding yourself struggling with both expected and unexpected changes in your life? Change is common to the human experience, and no one understood this better

Aristotle: Happiness is an Activity

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “For contemplation is both the highest form of activity (since the intellect is the highest thing in us, and the objects that it apprehends are the highest things that can be known), and also it is the most continuous because we are more capable of continuous contemplation

Stoicism: A Life In Accordance With Nature

Written by Van Bryan, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom “That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.” ~ Zeno of Citium Stoicism departs rather dramatically from the previous schools of thought we’ve been covering. With an emphasis

Broken Down by Force: On Seneca and the Power of His Word

Written by Mariami Shanshashvili, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Not many historical events in the annals of our civilization are so universally well-known that they need no introduction. The death of Socrates is one such momentous event. An unfading scene firmly entrenched in all our minds; for most of us, dictated by the iconic painting of Jacques-Louis

Discipline: Lessons from the Ancient World

Written by David Hooker, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Derived from the Latin discipulus, “discipline” has several shades of meaning.  It can mean a branch of knowledge or learning, or “a training that develops self-control, character, or efficiency,” or submission to an authority and a system of rules, such as those for military purposes, or a

How to Eat Like a Stoic: The Ancient Diets of Cynicism and Stoicism

Donald J. Robertson, Writer and Cognitive-behavioural Psychotherapist, author of “The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” The ancient Cynic and Stoic philosophers were very interested in food. (At the end of this article you’ll even find a modern recipe for Stoic soup.) They talk both about what we should eat and how we should eat it, if we want to live wisely