“Anyone with any degree of mental toughness,” artist Georgia O’Keeffe wrote with regard to life and the art of setting priorities, “ought to be able to exist without the things they like most for a few months at least.” Seneca, the Roman philosopher, who served as Nero's adviser and
In life, fear often goes hand in hand with the unknown. It's natural to shy away from unfamiliar territories, whether it's the fear of failing on stage, the apprehension of rejection, or the anxiety of living paycheck to paycheck. This fear, born out of uncertainty, has a profound impact on
In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Find joy and rest in one thing alone: in moving from one socially useful act to another, while remaining mindful of God.” (6.7) In general, Marcus, like other Stoics, wrote about being indifferent to both pleasure and pain, and hardly touched on the question
It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of our thoughts and problems in the modern world. Thomas Weiner's words, “Life resolves itself in the process of life itself,” remind us that life is a continuous journey of challenges and solutions. Instead of being consumed by worry, perhaps we
Yesterday was Halloween in the US, and today and tomorrow, we celebrate its Mexican counterpart Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. While the former is more or less a juvenile event involving candies, cosplay, and partying until late, the latter is a much more mature and poignant
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” — Buddha In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, our attention is like a wandering traveler, always exploring the external world. We are engrossed in the problems and challenges that surround us, from the demands of work to the complexities
“The man who has virtue is in need of nothing whatever for the purpose of living well.” — Cicero Stoicism was a school of philosophy established in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. It gets its name from the Greek word stoa, which translates to porch.
In essence, the Stoic virtue of temperance is a guide to a well-lived life—a life where desires are mastered, and the soul remains unshaken amidst the chaos. It's a blessing that helps us stand tall and walk with grace and poise through the highs and lows, neither clinging desperately
In Marguerite Yourcenar's Memoirs of Hadrian, the emperor Hadrian conveys to Marcus Aurelius that excessive eating is a prevalent flaw among Romans. He points out that many citizens indulge in “poisoning themselves with spice” and drowning their dishes in rich sauces, resulting in overwhelming their taste buds and, consequently, themselves.