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“A man said to the universe: “Sir I exist!”

“However,” replied the universe,

“The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.”

We’re all a bunch of matter moving around, altering other matter; someday we’ll become soil or whatever but there’s always, some sort of natural purpose. Where humans run into trouble is when they think they are more important than they are. The world would be a simpler place if people learned to conquer themselves first. There would be no need to conquer others.

- Stephen Crane

The Earth Has A Way (The Daily Zen)

Epictetus, (Stoic Philospher)

“I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

We don’t have to wait for a crisis to realize that we only have time to love what is real.

Steven Umbrello explores parallel philosophical universes.

“Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“However, I have noted, that the ‘healthy’ release of emotion is frequently very unhealthy for those closest to you.” – Spock

The “Animals” Have It All Over Us

“...there are two voices much blacker and more serious than the rest: lack of persistence and lack of self-control...two words should be committed to memory and obeyed by alternately exhorting and restraining ourselves, words that will ensure we lead a mainly blameless and untroubled life...persist and resist.”

Although positive emotions are worth cultivating, problems arise when people start believing they must be upbeat all the time. In fact, anger and sadness are an important part of life, and new

By Tori Rodriguez on May 1, 2013

“I realize that there is a certain amount of worrying that is what I call constructive anguish and then there's useless rumination that's just making you miserable.”

In this video excerpt from Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things , ABC News anchorman and 10% Happier author Dan Harris discusses how mindfulness helps decrease worry in our daily lives.

Self-control

research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health. Attempting to suppress thoughts can backfire and even diminish our sense of contentment.

David Banner: “I’m always angry.”

While probably an overstatement and more cinematically dramatic, Dr. David Banner’s statement could be interpreted as “I’m always in control of my anger or emotions.”

A skill he necessarily needed to acquire in hopes of controlling his destructive alter ego, The Hulk. This is one of the central ideas of stoic philosophy. Seeking not to avoid emotions, but to exercise control over them.

“Maybe so. Maybe not. We shall see.”

Living life in moderation; seeing no event as good or bad

‘The Parable of the Horse’ (@ 22:00 of the Secular Buddhism podcast episode below)

“Life is much more comfortable and comforting if we merely accept what we’re given and make the best of our life circumstances. Rather than always having to pass judgement on things and declare them as good or bad.”

To be human is to worry about getting by, doing better, finding love and accepting the march of mortality. Designer Thomas Thwaites decided to try to escape the burden of being human — and he would do it by becoming a goat.

TAKING WHITMAN’S LAMENT TO THE EXTREME

Anger must be metabolized.

The focus is not on the person who caused your anger, or his actions.

It’s about you – and your emotions.

To metabolize anger you must not fear it.  You must contain it – feel it, study it, learn from it – but not succumb to the temptation to go unconscious and act on it.

When you act unconsciously on anger you “act out” – discharge aggression.  Or you act in – shutting down and refusing to act.

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South African writer and conservationist Boyd Varty has spent his entire life among wild animals. He describes how he discovers "new old ways" by observing the natural world. (FULL SEGMENT)

The Trap of Thinking You’re Special and Entitled to Success

Ego, especially when you hide it from yourself, is your worst enemy.

In fact, ego is nothing but a symptom of feeling weakness in one area and wanting to cover that up by acting too strong, which never works.

In order to get something, you need to qualify for it, to earn it, and that requires putting yourself on the line and working hard.

...to be where you are and to allow action to arise out of that being...

“If we have the smarts and yet remain so morally crippled we have no compassion for the weak and the elderly something MUST be wrong. Right?   Animals don’t have to be told that part of the responsibility of being a dog or a whale is taking care of members of their family. They just do it. And as Koko the gorilla demonstrated, it doesn’t even have to be a member of their own species. So — what is standing in the way of human compassion?

Personally, my vote goes to THE EGO.”

Imagine spending the first four decades of your life in darkness. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on.


Emotions and relating to other people and their emotions comes easy for some--some would say the majority of people. But for people with Aspergers, like John Robison, not having had this ability from the outset and then suddenly having them can instill a great deal of regret.


John Elder Robison is a writer, speaker and advocate for people with autism. Be sure to check out his neurodiversity work at the College of William and Mary as well as his car restoration work at RobisonServices.


Producer and Sound Design: Davey Kim

 

Emotions Are Not All They’re Cracked-up To Be, For Some

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The Stoa

Accepting what is, as it is, doesn’t mean that we’re like doormats and get walked over by all and sundry. Rather, it means recognizing that what happened even just a second ago can never be changed; it is letting the past be where it is so it doesn’t take over the future.

TIMELESS AWARENESS: Two universal truths about time and awareness


Two universal truths: There is no time outside of this moment, and there is nothing that exists outside of awareness. Everything is timeless awareness.

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Ed and Deb Shapiro

Linda Geddes

Dr. Mike Lacombe

Making friends with our own minds shows us that beneath even the darkest difficulty is the happiness of our true nature.

If you think you're an emotional dunce, don't despair. Anyone can improve their emotional life by honing three key skills

There was a legend in central Maine, about a hermit who had lived in the woods, unseen, for 30 years. Then, in 2013, the police arrested a man named Christopher Knight.

Sometimes You Just Need To Get Away. . . . . . . . . . . and stay away.

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The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to neutralize toxic people. Top performers have well-honed coping strategies that they employ to keep toxic people at bay.

by Dr. Travis Bradberry

by Dr. Travis Bradberry

Unlike your IQ, your EQ is highly malleable.

Emotional intelligence is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky. Find out if you have what it takes in this critical skill.

Unlike your IQ, your EQ is highly malleable. As you train your brain by repeatedly practicing new emotionally intelligent behaviors, it builds the pathways needed to make them into habits. As your brain reinforces the use of these new behaviors, the connections supporting old, destructive behaviors die off. Before long, you begin responding to your surroundings with emotional intelligence without even having to think about it.

ADAPT      FLOW              EVOLVE

“dow • osso • fee”

Equip yourself against the trappings

of the ego and align with the way.

The Stoa

Stoicism: avoidance of destructive emotions that result from errors in judgment to maintain a will that is in accord with natural forces.