A Handbook for New Stoics | The Experiment

A Handbook for New Stoics | The Experiment
— Read on theexperimentpublishing.com/catalogs/spring-2019/a-handbook-for-new-stoics/

To study a way of being like this one may be a good decision, but only you can decide.

It is a way that is tried and true, given the work involved it may be no simple task.

From my experience, being grounded with purpose is one angle but there are many benefits to putting these principles into practice.

A philosophical approach to good living may be an understatement…

Why We Need To Keep Striving To Live A Better Life

Why do you climb the mountain?

Because it is there. And because there is always more to learn. It is proper to find virtue in becoming a better person with better habits.

I just watched this animation film that expresses the feelings of striving and learning to live a good life using the metaphor above.

Seen “The Summit of the Gods” on Netflix yet?

https://www.netflix.com/us/title/81439550?s=i&trkid=13747225&vlang=en&clip=81513604

If you see any value here you may enjoy watching this vid.

Canadian Government?

www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/five-key-takeaways-from-trudeaus-substantial-cabinet-shuffle/

Any government can have citizenship.

What does citizenship mean to you?

Do your best.

Think.

Do no harm.

Proper use of impressions.

Living the ‘good life’

Yes, Epictetus says to start from a place of intention or purpose.

He suggests strongly to not act on desire at all, for now.

But to act on aversion with good intentions or the proper use of impressions.

Cicero, argued that the only way to live is to practice living the way Epictetus taught his kids in school.

He wrote a synopsis of the good life for his son to follow.

A proper impression is to find moral good through building experience by practicing habits that help you act on aversions that build the good habit you happen to have aversion for in your present life.

By getting to know yourself, you will identify said aversion.

It is best to find a few to start, but only a few which will create work but a sufficient amount of outcomes to consider the exercise worth the effort.

The outcomes of say learning to make your bed, you may have a slight aversion to making your bed, is love and freedom.

We learn what real freedom and love can be by building good habits which instill a sense of how love and freedom feel from direct experience.

Adults may or may not wish to experience this kind of good life.

It precludes you don’t wish to live a bad life.

Adults tend to pick some of both.

To use journaling as another tool to enhance the process of good intensions towards living a good life will help one maintain the boundaries of privacy while exercising this difficult task.

Adults need a more complex method of viewing the intensions, a deeper knowledge of themselves and more time and energy to practice.

Anyone can benefit from a moral practice, but it requires experience and insight to develop the motivation to proceed.

There are numerous sources on the topic, a little research will produce a lot of free information from the internet.

A good exercise is to focus on how to live the good life.

Being mindful of the good life is all it really requires for a good start.

But it takes a sincere effort to build on the good life we already live.

Happiness is…

To Write: I will do my best and do no harm

The idea is to think about love and therefore wisdom.

It may sound precocious and selfish, nihilistic and deceitful.

Or it may have a poetic sound like a message from someone with a philosophical bent.

The virtue is nothing less than true happiness.

Define love, to be compassionate through working on being compassionate in emotionally challenging situations.

An aloof man with no willingness to cooperate with others.

He looses much but he is willing to take from those that give with a good happy manner.

He is far from hopeless but challenges anyone’s patience on every occasion.

To unpack this experience is to live through pain, suffering and may lead to a happier way of being, at least in a temporary way.

More, live with a good life in mind.

Be mindful of living a good life.

Bring that to your every life experience.

Not to be a saint, but to feel compassion and happy: I will do my best and do no harm.

The Stillness

In the west it is the stillness.

Doing your best in the moment.

In the east it is the way or Tao.

It is going with the flow in the river of life.

Perhaps, Greece is a place where east meets west.

For there they say, “I practice doing no harm and the proper use of impressions.”

How do I do stillness?

I am present and experience as much of it as I know how.

Here I am listening in the present.

This is a start to listening and learning to be present.

Next, I act in a way that does no harm, for me it is easier to act on aversion, while letting go of desire.

I go for flow in all my affairs.

I act on the things I have learnt to be a chore or my job.

With this in mind, be mindful, meditate.

Live in a way that does no harm.

There will be many up and downs, but I want less and less.

I am learning to do my best, more and more.

Is this a life worth living?

I believe it is a ‘good life’.

Nobody wants to hear it (you do it when taking care…)

Be mindful, be here now,

Do no harm,

Practice the proper use of impressions,

What is your purpose?

Healthspan, diseasespan

Taking care of yourself and others,

The motivation to live a good life,

Simplicity, compassion and patience,

A Tale of Two Cities – Wikiquote

A Tale of Two Cities – Wikiquote
— Read on en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities

To live and let live is like doing no harm, but in this novel the story is told.

An epic or story that shows us the truth is the most enlightened way we know to show us the value of consciousness.

If you love, live and learn, you will want to read this story.

Too Many Bumps Or Mood Swings

I’d call any kind of emotional outburst (negative emotions) a mood swing or a bump.

With Corona, I generally get more bumps than usual.

I have made it a practice to take a mood swing or pump moment to calm down and take stalk of my state of mind.

Mental health is just as important as physical health.

Having faith in myself and others is part of my day to day well being.

When I take responsibility for an emotional or mental health problem, I am taking care of myself to do no harm.

I call it buckling in to corona. And I need help and give help to my friends, family and co-workers.

See you in the new normal!

Doing, when it matters most

Be mindful now!

There are many people or peoples that reflect the above image or practice.

Does the message kill the practice or is it the messenger?

Does breathing cause us harm when we fall into the habit of shallow breathing?

The experience of being mindful may be its best teacher, but many students will need a Little Rock and roll to get the message across to them.

Check out the sexy app about being mindful now!

Don’t worry, you will find it if it works for you.

Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, M.K. Gandhi,

Cicero, The Cynics, The Stoics,

Tao Te Ching, Mindfulness in Action by Chogyam Trungpa, Meditations for Beginners by Jack Kornfield

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Red Book by C.G. Jung

There are many more roads to living a full life.