Stoic Philosophy: Acceptance
I talk about the benefits of a mindset including an attitude of acceptance drawing upon passages from ‘Seneca’s Letters From a Stoic.’
Rather than merely complaining — lamenting our situation in life and events happening around us which are outside our control — we can work to improve our mindset by being more content and in doing so reduce our anger, stress levels, and anxiety. We can work to be aware of our emotions, prepare for hardships, and respond to events more appropriately with an attitude of acceptance.
My Stoic Philosophy series explores the tradition of Stoicism with goals to inform, empower, and help others benefit from practical wisdom of Ancient Greek, Roman, and modern thinkers including Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca.
For the Stoics, a main focus is pursuing virtue to attain a well-examined life through practical applications of Philosophy – acting with good character, using reason to form accurate careful judgments about the world, and achieving contentment. Stoic writers focus on many perennial human concerns and urge people to take action applying what they learn to everyday life. Self-improvement — strengthening and improving one’s mindset and life — is central to Stoic thought.
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