The Stoic Handbook by Jon Brooks
Modern, practical breakdowns of the best ideas in ancient Stoicism.

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Jul
10
Use The Mental Contrasting Method to End Dabbling and Achieve Mastery

Use The Mental Contrasting Method to End Dabbling and Achieve Mastery

Many of us spend our lives dabbling from one thing to the next without ever committing to anything with all our hearts. This makes us feel as though we've wasted our time and squandered our potential. So what's the solution?
6 min read
May
23
"What If" Technique to Discover the Source of Your Anxiety

"What If" Technique to Discover the Source of Your Anxiety

The "What If" Technique comes from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an effective, science-backed therapeutic system inspired by Stoic philosophy and it helps you discover the root of your anxieties.
3 min read
May
17
Stoic Cheat Sheet: Volume 2

Stoic Cheat Sheet: Volume 2

In this second volume of the Stoic Handbook cheat sheets, you can read the essential wisdom of chapters 5-10 of Epictetus' manual, and listen to companion audio reflections.
5 min read
May
10
Armour Yourself Against Mental Assault

Armour Yourself Against Mental Assault

Chapter 28/53: Why would we stop others from hurting us physically but allow them to do so emotionally?
2 min read
Mar
23
Nature Is Not Evil, It Just "Is"

Nature Is Not Evil, It Just "Is"

Chapter 27 / 53: In this lesson by Epictetus, reminds us of a common Stoic theme. We see that nature itself, as a whole, is neither good nor bad—we have the freedom to choose the meaning of reality in our response.
2 min read
Feb
17
"See Yourself as a Friend" Technique for Managing Distress

"See Yourself as a Friend" Technique for Managing Distress

Chapter 26 / 53: Epictetus recommended that when we are faced with setbacks, one of the best ways to ease the suffering is to imagine it happening to a friend.
3 min read
Feb
07
Stoic Quotes on Anxiety to Organize a Chaotic Mind

Stoic Quotes on Anxiety to Organize a Chaotic Mind

A handy Stoic reference guide to understanding and working with anxiety.
8 min read
Dec
21
The Stoic Antidote to Envy

The Stoic Antidote to Envy

Chapter 25 / 53: In this guide, Epictetus reminds us that in life there is always a price of admission to get the things we want. If we do not pay it, we cannot expect the goods. This way of thinking is very useful for navigating feelings of envy and bitterness.
2 min read
Nov
24
Never Sacrifice Integrity for Wealth

Never Sacrifice Integrity for Wealth

Chapter 24 / 53: Here the Stoic master Epictetus gives five potent arguments against the mindless pursuit of status and wealth.
3 min read
Nov
16
Stoic Evening Reflection Meditations

Stoic Evening Reflection Meditations

A resource page of guided Stoic evening reflections.
2 min read