The Stoa

“Be defined by how you define yourself, not what you’re born into.”

“Forge your own path”


“Ants seem to get more disciplined as their density increases.”

Stoicism Tee

“Relax...everything is NOT going to be ok” ($20 all sizes)

How Stoicism can help us tackle anxiety, fury and loss of perspective - and realize that very little is needed to make a happy life.


Relax...everything’s NOT going to be o.k.

How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?"

(Condo Fire) “The way I look at it--it’s just material things than can be replaced--we’ll just pick up what we need for now...then take it one day at a time.”

Ant Flow: Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than Humans

The Meaning of Human Existence

Stocism ?

By putting into practice the ninety-three witty, wise, and razor-sharp instructions that make up The Art of Living, readers learn to meet the challenges of everyday life successfully and to face life's inevitable losses and disappointments with grace.

The Art of Living  Epictetus

Epictetus was born into slavery about 55 ce in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy, stressing that human beings cannot control life, only their responses to it.

Prison was his great teacher. It burned away a lot of his character, a lot of the youthful impulsiveness and recklessness, and taught him incredible self-control, because in prison that was all he could control. There was no room for outbursts or self-indulgence or lack of discipline.

Nelson Mandela is a true hero and the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. The tenets that have guided his life and shaped his remarkable journey are now accessible to all in Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage, by Richard Stengel, editor of TIME magazine, with a preface by Mandela himself.

-Richard Stengel, Time magazine

If you care about the people around you, you will likely help change many people throughout your lifetime.  But just as important as seeing the people they will become tomorrow is accepting them for who they are today

“You’re Not Special”

An inflated sense of self can be burdensome for a teenager, even inhibiting. With expectations high, every step tends to become laden with significance. For some, this can be paralyzing.

Better would be to set aside any self-satisfaction or notions of entitlement, focus on the moment, and try one's best. Outcomes will take care of themselves.

Until June 2012, David McCullough Jr. was a high school English teacher best known as the son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Then he delivered a 12-minute commencement speech at Wellesley (Mass.) High School, where he teaches.

-David McCullough Jr.

Stoicism Cheat Sheet


  1. If you are unhappy, it is your fault

  2. Everything is temporary

  3. We are social beings, with a social duty

  4. Fatalism

  5. Hedonism is not the path to happiness

  6. Fame and fortune are overrated

  7. A philosophy of life must be lived


  1. Rephrase goals so they are entirely within your control

  2. Possess nothing you aren’t prepared to lose

  3. Live simply

  4. Negative visualization

  5. Exercise self-denial

  6. Resist materialism

  7. Accept what cannot be changed

  8. Refuse to consider yourself a victim

  9. Practice misfortune

  10. Live in accordance with nature


  1. Be satisfied with your current situation

  2. Maximize positive emotions, minimize negative emotions



On Merit

Epictetus, (Stoic Philospher)

Try Materialism: a form of philosophical monism which holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all phenomena, including mental phenomena and consciousness, are identical with material interactions.

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Read personal accounts of how Stoicism is still being used today. Available in both Kindle & Paperback.

from The Art of Living

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.