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Popular Searches irresistible book by andy stanley books by rudolf steiner siddhartha by hermann hesse hung by the tongue book australia books by ayn rand. Item Added: Meditations. View Wishlist. It's closer to a diary. Marcus wrote the 12 books that make it up sometime during the last decade of his life. The emperor was faced with constant fighting, the rebellion of his general Cassius, the deaths of his wife and close friend, and the realization that his son Commodus was destined to be a bad ruler.

He dealt with these hardships by turning to philosophy, specifically the Stoicism of the ancient Greeks and his contemporary Roman philosophers. We went through Hays' translation and picked out some key points on one of the main themes of "Meditations," how to recover from massive setbacks. Your energy and time are both limited, so don't waste them on what inconsequential people are doing, thinking, and saying, when you could be focusing on your own issues.

The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see," Marcus writes. The same is true for us. Which is an interesting and impressive thought…considering his job was as the first citizen of Rome. He judged cases, heard appeals, sent troops into battle, appointed administrators, approved budgets. A lot rode on his choices and actions. A number of my favorite books came to me from my teachers. In fact, I was introduced to the Stoics by asking Dr. Drew for a book recommendation.

Who did he recommend? We all do things in private that we would never do in front of other people. He says, basically: If someone else has done it—then it is humanly possible. We want so desperately what others have that we lose the pleasure of the things we already have.

Smoke, dust, legend…or not even a legend. We should enjoy this brief time we have on earth—not be enslaved to emotions that make us miserable and dissatisfied. Marcus was clearly a big reader, he clearly took copious notes and studied philosophy deeply.

10 excerpts from Marcus Aurelius' 'Meditations' to unlock your inner Stoic

Yet he took the unusual step of reminding himself to put all that aside. At some point, we must stop our reading, put all the advice from Marcus and the other stoics aside and take action. To alternate between the reading and the doing. But I am making progress. Fantastic Ryan. Well worth the read. Ego is the Enemy was terrific.

Curiously, I own books on Stoicism. Bought them thinking they would be helpful on my journey, read them, but not to completion, and never really embraced the philosophy. The knowledge I now possess thanks to you, and the Stoic of course, has had a beneficial effect in my life. Thank you. Keep up the great work. The fact that Stoicism has so much crossover between not only Eastern philosophy, but Native American beliefs and such really drives home the point of how connected everything is.

Great post! Finding your blog led me to path of learning and making myself better and in small to spread this philosophy of self learning and applying what I learn to benefit myself and those who are close to me. Ali Saudi Arabia. Recent transformations in my life allow me to understand this, believe it and now live it and be it. Or what others think who have not quite made it across the river of change? Thank you so much for recommending this book. I enjoy that I can just read a few sentences and feel like I have something to meditate on all day.

Hi Ryan! About 10 years ago I also bought my now dog eared copy of Meditations. I did it because of the Silence of the Lambs quote… Which I found.. In itself…intriguing.

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Meditations is an exalted term with perhaps some element of the mystic, but I prefer to think of Meditations now as the simple journal Marcus kept not intending or caring if anyone ever read it. Do it for yourself. Do it regardless of what happens. Marcus reaffirmed that for me with the fact that he probably never called it his Meditations. Nor did he intend to maybe share it.

He did it for himself. Like the cave paintings. I do believe the greater cosmos is congruent and conducive. It helps when we cooperate even if the nudges we ger from it seem to be impediments. October 24, by Ryan Holiday.


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Mark Singley March 29, at am. And thank you for your Ted talk which I stumbled on in a particularly difficult period.

What stands in the way becomes the way. The impediment to action proceeds action.