Fear never beginning to live (IM 840)

This words from Book 12 of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius always inspires me to be patient and to live the present moment: Everything you are trying to reach – by taking any long rounds, you can have it right now, right this moment, if you’d only stop thwarting your own attempts, if you’d let go…

Properties of rational mind (IM 833)

Marcus Aurelius in his “Meditation” journal of Book 11 wrote that following are the properties of rational mind: i. Self-perception ii. Self-analysis iii. Affection for their neighbor iv. Truthfulness v. Humility Furthermore, he mentions rational mind understands that those who come after us will see nothing different and those who came before us saw no…

A moral character (IM 822)

It is so important to understand our moral character and acknowledge that it has its epitome. The ancients Roman philosophy calls this epitome as perfection of moral character. Marcus Aurelius said that the perfection of moral character is to live everyday as the last day, without frenzy or sloth or pretense. He said that if…

Meditating on mortality (IM 803)

One of the important lessons I’ve learned from the stoic philosophy is meditating on mortality. “Memento mori” – meaning – remember that you will die is the ancient practice of reflection on mortality that goes back to ancient Rome, from Epictetus to Seneca to Marcus Aurelius. Seneca told, “Death is not something that comes in…

One Quote (IM 802)

“You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.” – -Marcus Aurelius

The morning awareness (IM 800)

Marcus Aurelius had a very powerful habits that he reminds himself of every morning during his time is Rome and wrote this in his journal. I find this lessons as a morning awareness that should be embraced by heart, mind and spirit. And these lines goes like this: “When you wake up in the morning,…

Morning remainder (IM 798)

Marcus Aurelius remined himself every morning with some important thoughts that he included in his journal. In this hurried world where everyone is busy with their own stuffs and are overwhelmed by their circumstances, I find these lessons very helpful. Here is this important lessons that everyone should be aware of: In the morning when…

A quote to live by…(IM 783)

Marcus Aurelius’ following quote shows us the wise way to live life happily. It goes like this: ” In your actions, Don’t procrastinate. In your conversations, don’t confuse. In your thoughts,  don’t wander. In your soul, don’t be passive or aggressive. In your life, don’t be all about business.” In simple and short words, it…

From the fourth book: Meditations (IM 777)

Marcus Aurelius wrote a journal almost 2000 years ago, which is now published as a book, Mediations. His journal was not meant to be published but was written to himself to guide him towards courage, temperance, justice and wisdom. His words are more important in today’s world. Here are some of his words: Let nothing…