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…

Thinking About Seneca (IM 915)

Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE–65 CE) was a Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist, statesman, and advisor to the emperor Nero. His teachings about accepting the hardship as a way of making ourselves strong is what we all need these days. The idea is called antifragility which means to enhance the capacity to thrive in stress, adversity,…

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 Remainder We All Need (IM 899)

Memento Mori The ancient practice of meditating on mortality goes back to Socrates, who once said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.” One day we all die, that’s what we all have been told and that’s what we believe. But we are, in fact, dying everyday. We…

Wisdom: Inclination Towards Virtue (IM 887)

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself…

Four Important Lessons From Seneca (IM 873)

The great stoic philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger, usually known as Seneca, was born in Cordoba in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy. It is true that Seneca was very wealthy, indeed one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Rome. But, this didn’t change his…

“Hymn to Zeus”: A poem by Cleanthes (IM 861)

Most honored of immortals, many-named one, ever omnipotent, Zeus, prime mover of nature, steering all things by your law, Greetings! For it is proper for all mortals to speak to you: For we all descend from you, bearing our share of your likeness We alone, of all mortal creatures that live and move on earth….

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…

A empty container makes a lot of noise (IM 725)

There is a beautiful quote by Plato which goes – “A wise man speaks because he has something to say, but a fool speaks because he want to say something.” This is so relatable. This is same as saying an empty container makes a lot of noise. Those who have knowledge don’t speak too much…