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  • It’s weird how the centuries change, but the human behavior doesn’t. #stoicism #thedailystoic
  • It’s weird how the centuries change, but the human behavior doesn’t. #stoicism #thedailystoic
  •  0  0  1 hour ago
  • Repost: @stoicism.philosophy

Weighing options is what we're meant for. Only take what is given you and let the rest go about their day. For the things that nature does let you choose, always ask yourself "what's more worth it to me?". When bullying is happening to someone else, is it more worth it for you to intervene or to stand still? Is the weight of your conscience heavier than that of  an action? These are the types of decisions I speak of, decisions of character. Even the way you tie your shoe is an act of character, it shows others the type of person you are. Cultivate habits, behaviors, internal narratives, and surround yourself with the environment that sings to your soul.

Above all, be compassionate to yourself when you fail to be that person. There is always another day, another chance at practice.
#becometheoverman #peace #love #acceptance #depression #anxiety #philosophy #psychology #marcusaurelius #stoicism #meditations #mindfulness #health #thc #cannabis #psilocybin #lsd
  • Repost: @stoicism.philosophy

    Weighing options is what we're meant for. Only take what is given you and let the rest go about their day. For the things that nature does let you choose, always ask yourself "what's more worth it to me?". When bullying is happening to someone else, is it more worth it for you to intervene or to stand still? Is the weight of your conscience heavier than that of an action? These are the types of decisions I speak of, decisions of character. Even the way you tie your shoe is an act of character, it shows others the type of person you are. Cultivate habits, behaviors, internal narratives, and surround yourself with the environment that sings to your soul.

    Above all, be compassionate to yourself when you fail to be that person. There is always another day, another chance at practice.
    #becometheoverman #peace #love #acceptance #depression #anxiety #philosophy #psychology #marcusaurelius #stoicism #meditations #mindfulness #health #thc #cannabis #psilocybin #lsd
  •  8  0  1 hour ago
  • // This is where a choice should be // I make the choice. I live comfortably with that choice. “The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —Epictetus

#choice #stoicism #freedom #southafrica
  • // This is where a choice should be // I make the choice. I live comfortably with that choice. “The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own . . .” —Epictetus

    #choice #stoicism #freedom #southafrica
  •  3  0  2 hours ago
  • The mindset to adopt whilst participating in engaging activities.

It's very important that we have a certain kind of mindset when we are engaging in activities.

From my own experience, I always had the mentality of doing something to "feel better." The problem with this mentality is that as a paradox, you automatically become more aware of your anxiety by trying to overcome it. What do I mean? There's a term called paradoxical intention and that means the very act of going about overcoming something keeps it in place.

If I told you to ignore or stop thinking about a certain thought, what are the chances you would actually succeed with this approach? It's pretty much a guarantee to think the thought when I tell you not to think of it. 
This is because the effort and energy you expel into the very act of not thinking about a certain thought backfires. 
Going back to the beach ball analogy, you'll know just how much of a struggle it gets after a while of holding the ball under the surface of the water. Due to the nature of physics, the ball rushes up through the surface and shoots into the air. This is because the force we use to hold the beach ball under water is cancelled out by the force of the water pressure.  Don't go looking to overcome your anxiety through the use of recreational activities.
You'll have more chance of taking your focus off of your anxiety by not expecting them to do so.

For years I went around hoping that doing something like painting or playing guitar would help me become anxiety free. Looking back now, I don't really know what I was thinking.

This was encouraged by an anxiety elimination program I followed which although provided great information, it's important that we approach it the right way. 
Instead of seeing activities as a way to overcome anxiety (wrong approach), see them as an opportunity to express your creativity. An opportunity to have fun and enrich your imagination.

The good thing about engaging in activity, is it allows us to stop checking in/ruminating over our anxiety. When we take our attention away from anxiety, even for just a short period of time, we can allow our nervous system to desensitise.
  • The mindset to adopt whilst participating in engaging activities.

    It's very important that we have a certain kind of mindset when we are engaging in activities.

    From my own experience, I always had the mentality of doing something to "feel better." The problem with this mentality is that as a paradox, you automatically become more aware of your anxiety by trying to overcome it. What do I mean? There's a term called paradoxical intention and that means the very act of going about overcoming something keeps it in place.

    If I told you to ignore or stop thinking about a certain thought, what are the chances you would actually succeed with this approach? It's pretty much a guarantee to think the thought when I tell you not to think of it.
    This is because the effort and energy you expel into the very act of not thinking about a certain thought backfires.
    Going back to the beach ball analogy, you'll know just how much of a struggle it gets after a while of holding the ball under the surface of the water. Due to the nature of physics, the ball rushes up through the surface and shoots into the air. This is because the force we use to hold the beach ball under water is cancelled out by the force of the water pressure. Don't go looking to overcome your anxiety through the use of recreational activities.
    You'll have more chance of taking your focus off of your anxiety by not expecting them to do so.

    For years I went around hoping that doing something like painting or playing guitar would help me become anxiety free. Looking back now, I don't really know what I was thinking.

    This was encouraged by an anxiety elimination program I followed which although provided great information, it's important that we approach it the right way.
    Instead of seeing activities as a way to overcome anxiety (wrong approach), see them as an opportunity to express your creativity. An opportunity to have fun and enrich your imagination.

    The good thing about engaging in activity, is it allows us to stop checking in/ruminating over our anxiety. When we take our attention away from anxiety, even for just a short period of time, we can allow our nervous system to desensitise.
  •  9  3  2 hours ago
  • “Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient.”
-Epictetus 
You know that saying- about the best things in life and how we need to wait and work hard to get them??
Well- it’s true. So make some goals and then do the work- and then remember the PATIENT part. 
#crossfitevolve #dosomethinggreattoday #stoicism
  • “Nothing important comes into being overnight; even grapes or figs need time to ripen. If you say that you want a fig now, I will tell you to be patient.”
    -Epictetus
    You know that saying- about the best things in life and how we need to wait and work hard to get them??
    Well- it’s true. So make some goals and then do the work- and then remember the PATIENT part.
    #crossfitevolve #dosomethinggreattoday #stoicism
  •  12  0  3 hours ago
  • Ok. So it’s one this to be running on these peaks. It’s another thing to be holding the camera. THESE GUYS ARE ANIMALS.
  • Ok. So it’s one this to be running on these peaks. It’s another thing to be holding the camera. THESE GUYS ARE ANIMALS.
  •  62  7  3 hours ago
  • This is the little known pre Revolutionary war flag, first hoisted in my home state of New York in 1771. In Schenectady, New York, the original Dutch Settlers flew this flag in response to British tyranny. Later the flag would be carried by the 1st New York Line Regiment. There was a time when my fellow New Yorkers did not supplicate themselves before tyrants. Excelsior.

#ancap #anarchocapitalism #individualism #secession #stoic #stoicism #freedom #anarchy #ronpaul #guncontrol
  • This is the little known pre Revolutionary war flag, first hoisted in my home state of New York in 1771. In Schenectady, New York, the original Dutch Settlers flew this flag in response to British tyranny. Later the flag would be carried by the 1st New York Line Regiment. There was a time when my fellow New Yorkers did not supplicate themselves before tyrants. Excelsior.

    #ancap #anarchocapitalism #individualism #secession #stoic #stoicism #freedom #anarchy #ronpaul #guncontrol
  •  20  2  3 hours ago
  • To Marcus Aurelius, Nature is synonymous with God in that it is what we spring from and are inevitably tied to - what the stoics referred to as the logos. It is the universal rationality that governs everything, of which we are given a piece a birth to return at our death.

One notion that is pervasive in “Meditations”, and where I differ from Marcus, is the idea that if it is from Nature (logos) then it is inherently good. His logic behind this is that what is good for the whole is good for the individual, thus if it is good for the logos it is good for the individual (of which they are a part). Everything that happens is the will of the logos, for the logos, and if it serves Nature then it is good.

I don’t believe Nature is good or evil - it just is. On the surface it is chaos; a maelstrom of atoms constantly dancing between combination and annihilation. If you look further, though, there is a integral and deep-seeded order to everything in that all events now and forever have built upon the events from the past. A domino effect - ad infinitum.

I believe nature is chaotic in the sense that, although everything follows this natural order, there may be no particular reason as to why THIS order, and thus THESE events, occur and will occur - other than chance. (Although, a quiet voice in my head argues that even that my not be as random as I think.) Fate, then, is randomness feigning a sense of order - divine order, even. Due to this element of randomness the events that unfold just are, and are neither good nor bad.

This leaves me without much explanation as to why certain events happen in our lives. Believing that there is a reason for everything provides many with solace, but when you’ve separated from that train of thought it is hard to understand the meaning behind the things that go wrong.

That said, there is always some good even in the worst events. If there is something to be learned or gained, even in the slightest, during events of trails and hardship then maybe they aren’t as meaningless as they seem. This is why perception is critical. Even the worst of events have a chance for good if any value at all can be derived.

But at what cost?
  • To Marcus Aurelius, Nature is synonymous with God in that it is what we spring from and are inevitably tied to - what the stoics referred to as the logos. It is the universal rationality that governs everything, of which we are given a piece a birth to return at our death.

    One notion that is pervasive in “Meditations”, and where I differ from Marcus, is the idea that if it is from Nature (logos) then it is inherently good. His logic behind this is that what is good for the whole is good for the individual, thus if it is good for the logos it is good for the individual (of which they are a part). Everything that happens is the will of the logos, for the logos, and if it serves Nature then it is good.

    I don’t believe Nature is good or evil - it just is. On the surface it is chaos; a maelstrom of atoms constantly dancing between combination and annihilation. If you look further, though, there is a integral and deep-seeded order to everything in that all events now and forever have built upon the events from the past. A domino effect - ad infinitum.

    I believe nature is chaotic in the sense that, although everything follows this natural order, there may be no particular reason as to why THIS order, and thus THESE events, occur and will occur - other than chance. (Although, a quiet voice in my head argues that even that my not be as random as I think.) Fate, then, is randomness feigning a sense of order - divine order, even. Due to this element of randomness the events that unfold just are, and are neither good nor bad.

    This leaves me without much explanation as to why certain events happen in our lives. Believing that there is a reason for everything provides many with solace, but when you’ve separated from that train of thought it is hard to understand the meaning behind the things that go wrong.

    That said, there is always some good even in the worst events. If there is something to be learned or gained, even in the slightest, during events of trails and hardship then maybe they aren’t as meaningless as they seem. This is why perception is critical. Even the worst of events have a chance for good if any value at all can be derived.

    But at what cost?
  •  131  9  3 hours ago
  • “How long are you going to wait until you demand the best of yourself?” - Epictetus

It's human nature to hold back.
Even if, it's just a little bit.
It's a survival mechanism we've built.
If we send our all, but, we fail... we've been exposed.

We feel embarrassed, even if only for a fleeting moment in time. We can all relate to a recent time where we found ourselves there. Think about how you felt. And ask ourselves - was it so bad, that we’re willing to risk what our best has to offer?

Without active thought and effort, as the quote call for, it won’t happen. We literally have to *demand* it of ourselves. It takes work, as we’re deeply programmed in our subconscious not to.

The choice of words Epictetus used above was purposeful. “To demand the best of yourself”. There isn’t a hint of achieving success, victory, or anything of the like. It was instead a plea to throw circumstances off the table, and to focus on one singular piece - are we giving our best today?

If we can focus on just that - giving your best - everything else seems to just fall into place.

#keepadvancing #stoicism #stoicism #epictetus #beyourbestself #resilience
  • “How long are you going to wait until you demand the best of yourself?” - Epictetus

    It's human nature to hold back.
    Even if, it's just a little bit.
    It's a survival mechanism we've built.
    If we send our all, but, we fail... we've been exposed.

    We feel embarrassed, even if only for a fleeting moment in time. We can all relate to a recent time where we found ourselves there. Think about how you felt. And ask ourselves - was it so bad, that we’re willing to risk what our best has to offer?

    Without active thought and effort, as the quote call for, it won’t happen. We literally have to *demand* it of ourselves. It takes work, as we’re deeply programmed in our subconscious not to.

    The choice of words Epictetus used above was purposeful. “To demand the best of yourself”. There isn’t a hint of achieving success, victory, or anything of the like. It was instead a plea to throw circumstances off the table, and to focus on one singular piece - are we giving our best today?

    If we can focus on just that - giving your best - everything else seems to just fall into place.

    #keepadvancing #stoicism #stoicism #epictetus #beyourbestself #resilience
  •  31  1  4 hours ago
  • The perfection of this loop
  • The perfection of this loop
  •  86  2  4 hours ago
  • Accept the challenges thrown your way.⁣
.⁣
They were put in your life to help you grow.⁣
.⁣
Once we stop complaining about them⁣
.⁣
and start appreciating them⁣
.⁣
our lives drastically change for the better.⁣
.⁣
#StoicElite #Stoic #Stoicism⁣
  • Accept the challenges thrown your way.⁣
    .⁣
    They were put in your life to help you grow.⁣
    .⁣
    Once we stop complaining about them⁣
    .⁣
    and start appreciating them⁣
    .⁣
    our lives drastically change for the better.⁣
    .⁣
    #StoicElite #Stoic #Stoicism
  •  564  1  5 hours ago
  • "It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful."
Adrienne Rich.
.
Looking back I wished my teachers / Coaches from pre-school to now, had taught me how to be unconsciously aware. .
Wish They had taught me How to be more in tune with my own demons, my own fears. Instead I learnt how to ignore them and hide away.
Wish I had learnt how to face them and stand up to them and question every little creation of my Universe. .
.
Today I can tell you that for as long as there is a breath in our lungs, blood flowing in our veins, thoughts running through our minds all is possible. 
I can tell you today that all can b done with a single shift in thought! We are currently creating our reality, often driven by fear and uncertainty. .
.
What If I told you that, that same energy we use to fuck it all up for ourselves, we can use to create what we really want?... #peace , Peace with ourselves, peace with our choices and peace with who we are?!.
.
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it"
Albert Einstein .
.
How do we flip it on its head?.
When do we go from not doing it, to doing it?.
What must change to get us moving?.
.
.
If Nothing else, smile. 
Make a Change. .
.
.
For 1-2-1 Session and Online Program DM. Contact info 👆🏽
  • "It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful."
    Adrienne Rich.
    .
    Looking back I wished my teachers / Coaches from pre-school to now, had taught me how to be unconsciously aware. .
    Wish They had taught me How to be more in tune with my own demons, my own fears. Instead I learnt how to ignore them and hide away.
    Wish I had learnt how to face them and stand up to them and question every little creation of my Universe. .
    .
    Today I can tell you that for as long as there is a breath in our lungs, blood flowing in our veins, thoughts running through our minds all is possible.
    I can tell you today that all can b done with a single shift in thought! We are currently creating our reality, often driven by fear and uncertainty. .
    .
    What If I told you that, that same energy we use to fuck it all up for ourselves, we can use to create what we really want?... #peace , Peace with ourselves, peace with our choices and peace with who we are?!.
    .
    "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it"
    Albert Einstein .
    .
    How do we flip it on its head?.
    When do we go from not doing it, to doing it?.
    What must change to get us moving?.
    .
    .
    If Nothing else, smile.
    Make a Change. .
    .
    .
    For 1-2-1 Session and Online Program DM. Contact info 👆🏽
  •  22  1  5 hours ago