Sympatheia and Its Importance (IM 926)

Sympatheia is defined as the largely interconnectedness between many things. It’s an idea that all things are mutually woven together and therefore have an affinity for each other. Marcus Aurelius talks about this in Meditations. He says that everything in the universe in interconnected and are interdependent. The result of one happenings will affect the…

The Mindset We All Need (IM 916)

It is to meditate on the wrong and evil things that can happen in the future and prepare ourselves to become mentally and emotionally strong. It’s to be aware that bad things are inevitable. This is the mindset we all desperately need… We all try to pacify other people if something goes wrong to them…

Busy Is A Decision (IM 907)

“I am busy” is one of the most unauthentic and lazy statement we make all most all the time. “I’m busy” is an another way of saying this is not important enough. We only do the things we want to do, period. Busy is a decision… The point is: we don’t find time to do…

Nothing Surpasses Not knowing (IM 904)

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ― Epictetus It might sound weird but not knowing is a great skills and nothing surpasses it. It is the inception of everything. Milan Kundera in his book The Unbearable Lightness of Being said: “The stupidity of people comes from having…

A Letter To Future Self (IM 903)

We write a letter to our past selves expressing our feelings towards the decision we made in past. It’s metaphorical. Its easy to blame our past decision for the result we get. The question is: What would you say to your future self? And how would you feel when you read that letter in a…

Kindness or Anger: What Is More Manly? (IM 902)

Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one -Meditations, 10.16 These words written by Marcus Aurelius to himself about 2000 years ago still resonates today. What he meant by these words is-  it isn’t what we say that defines our character, it’s what we do. Today, in a society obsessed…

Psychological Resilience (IM 901)

It’s a psychological toughness. It’s an ability to mentally and emotionally recover from difficulties. It also enables us to withstand adversity and bounce back from it more strongly than before. The ancient philosopher from Epictetus to Seneca to Marcus Aurelius are the huge admirer of the resilience. Epictetus who was the slave once said, “You…

Equilibrium (IM 900)

Every condition reverses itself and it tries to become normal. That’s universal. This equanimity and balance holds true in almost every aspects of the life. What increases will fall back and what downgrades will upgrade to become normal. Every losses has some kind of gains and every gains come with some losses.  As a saying…