Enchiridion

Quick access to all of my Stoic breakdowns of The Handbook of Epictetus.
Nov
19
Do Not Wish to Appear Wise

Do Not Wish to Appear Wise

Chapter 13 / 53: Many of us are interested in philosophy and self-improvement not to become wise, but for the reputation of being wise. Epictetus saw that this pattern of behaviour is very counter-productive if one wishes to acquire true wisdom.
2 min read
Nov
10
How to Turn Stress Into Tranquility

How to Turn Stress Into Tranquility

Chapter 12 / 53: In today’s lesson, we will look at the irrational worry model built around “If/then” thinking about the future, why this causes us stress, and how to break the cycle.
3 min read
Oct
26
Nothing Can Be "Lost"—Only "Returned"

Nothing Can Be "Lost"—Only "Returned"

Chapter 11 / 53: If you deeply recognise the facts that life is impermanent, ever-changing, and that everything we enjoy is a gift from the Universe, you can no longer suffer in the same way when things are taken from you.
2 min read
Oct
19
Every Challenge is a Gift

Every Challenge is a Gift

Chapter 10 / 53: n this lesson, Epictetus explains that whenever we get confronted with challenges or temptations there is little need to worry—in fact, there is more reason to celebrate.
2 min read
Oct
12
Illness Is Only a Problem For the Body

Illness Is Only a Problem For the Body

Chapter 9 / 53: We all know what it’s like to have an injury or sickness that prevents us from being able to function in ways we like, but the question is… Does a physical illness automatically have to mean psychological suffering?
1 min read
Oct
05
Welcome Events Just As They Are

Welcome Events Just As They Are

Chapter 8 / 53: The idea Epictetus shares here may at first appear triggering and uncomfortable for most people. But if you suspend knee-jerk resistance and explore this process properly, you will, as Epictetus says, experience “the path to peace.”
1 min read
Sep
28
The Dangers of Becoming Too Attached to Life

The Dangers of Becoming Too Attached to Life

Chapter 7 / 53: You can never live without the promise of death, and you can never own something without the promise of loss.
2 min read
Sep
21
It Is Foolish To Feel Pride Over External Things

It Is Foolish To Feel Pride Over External Things

Chapter 6 / 53: Epictetus believes it is foolish to feel proud over traits that you do not own yourself. But for things you do own, it is perfectly acceptable to feel pride.
2 min read
Sep
14
No Event is Disturbing or "Bad"

No Event is Disturbing or "Bad"

Chapter 5 / 53: Here Epictetus reminds us of the cardinal rule of Stoic philosophy: it is not events that disturb us, but our opinions of them. A simple idea, but without it, there is no Stoicism.
2 min read
Sep
07
How to Plan Your Day

How to Plan Your Day

Chapter 4 / 53: Epictetus saw that we become frustrated and angry when our expectations about the world clash with reality. Here we learn how to protect ourselves from this common issue.
2 min read