Enchiridion

Quick access to all of my Stoic breakdowns of The Handbook of Epictetus.
Apr
24
Never Experience Defeat Again

Never Experience Defeat Again

Chapter 19 / 53: According to Epictetus, entering into contests that you can lose is a foolish thing to do. This post explains exactly what that means.
3 min read
Apr
15
All Bad Luck is Good Luck

All Bad Luck is Good Luck

Chapter 18 / 53: In Chapter 18 of the Enchiridion, Epictetus explains how we ought to think about "bad luck" signs, and whether anything can be truly unlucky.
1 min read
Mar
29
Life is a Movie, Just Play Your Role

Life is a Movie, Just Play Your Role

Chapter 17 / 53: So much in life depends on the luck we are dealt. We do not choose our genetics, our body, our brain, or our parents. How can we maintain peace of mind when so much of our life is outside of our control?
2 min read
Mar
15
How Stoics Sympathise with Others

How Stoics Sympathise with Others

Chapter 16 / 53: Stoics often get this unfair reputation for being cold and lacking in compassion. This is less to do with Stoic philosophy, however, and more to do with the misinterpretation of Stoic principles.
2 min read
Feb
15
How to Gain the Powers of a Stoic God

How to Gain the Powers of a Stoic God

Chapter 15 / 53: The three levels of restraint include enslavement, wisdom, and divinity. This post explores the analogy Epictetus gives his student to go through the entire process.
2 min read
Jan
12
Impossible Desires Cause Disappointment

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.
3 min read
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: In 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