Impossible Desires Cause Disappointment
Chapter 14 / 53: There are two main types of negative desires: "impossible desires" and "slave desires." This post explores how to avoid each one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.