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How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius | Donald Robertson
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"This book is a wonderful introduction to one of history's greatest figures: Marcus Aurelius. His life and this book are a clear guide for those facing adversity, seeking tranquility and pursuing excellence." Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and The Daily Stoic The life-changing principles of Stoicism taught through the story of its most famous proponent. Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius was the last famous Stoic philosopher of the ancient world. The Meditations, his personal journal, survives to this day as one of the most loved self-help and spiritual classics of all time. In How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, cognitive psychotherapist Donald Robertson weaves the life and philosophy of Marcus Aurelius together seamlessly to provide a compelling modern-day guide to the Stoic wisdom followed by countless individuals throughout the centuries as a path to achieving greater fulfillment and emotional resilience. How to Think Like a Roman Emperor takes readers on a transformative journey along with Marcus, following his progress from a young noble at the court of Hadriantaken under the wing of some of the finest philosophers of his daythrough to his reign as emperor of Rome at the height of its power. Robertson shows how Marcus used philosophical doctrines and therapeutic practices to build emotional resilience and endure tremendous adversity, and guides readers through applying the same methods to their own lives. Combining remarkable stories from Marcuss life with insights from modern psychology and the enduring wisdom of his philosophy, How to Think Like a Roman Emperor puts a human face on Stoicism and offers a timeless and essential guide to handling the ethical and psychological challenges we face today.
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“It‘s a double standard to criticize other people without acknowledging our own imperfections. He actually recommends that whenever we‘re offended by the faults of another, we should treat it as a signal to pause and immediately turn our attention to our own character, reflecting on the similar ways in which we go wrong.”

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Graywacke Cool 2mo
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QuoteQueen
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#StoicWeek is upon us! This is a great way to learn about #Stoicism and it‘s completely free. It‘s not to late to join!

https://learn.modernstoicism.com/p/stoic-

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It‘s so important to develop self awareness!

#Stoicphilosophy #Stoicism #mindfulness

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QuoteQueen
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My thoughts while reading my thoughts that I thought were my unique own thoughts but was also very #Stoic thoughts. 😜😂

#Stoicism #philosophy #therapistbooks

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Epictetus likewise told his students repeatedly that they should not speak about philosophy lightly, like the Sophists, but rather show its fruits in their very character and actions. In typical blunt fashion he told them that sheep don‘t vomit up grass to show the shepherds how much they‘ve eaten but rather digest their food inwardly and produce good wool and milk outwardly.”
@QuoteQueen @BookieBiker how‘s your reading coming along? 😊
#Stoicism

QuoteQueen I just finished chapter 2 on how to speak wisely, and frankly it‘s been the theme of the week in my work with clients, though most of them I saw BEFORE reading this chapter. I think all these books on Stoicism are reading my mind rather than me reading them! It‘s a little amusingly freaky. 😬😂 3mo
Faibka @QuoteQueen I know! I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and coincidentally read that same chapter where it talks about how to deal with catastrophizing 🤭 I was like, are you read my mind? This is exactly what I need right now, lol 3mo
QuoteQueen Haha, for me it was the techniques he described. I do them and didn‘t realize it was Stoic. So I was like 😳 3mo
Faibka @QuoteQueen great! Looks like you‘re a natural Stoic 😊 I still have a long ways to go in applying these techniques 3mo
QuoteQueen Every time I read a book the realization I‘m a natural or congenital Stoic becomes stronger. It is an interesting concept. But learning Stoicism has made me even more aware of when I‘m practicing it. 3mo
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“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be; just be one.”
Marcus Aurelius

#philosophy #Stoicism

DrawingSustenance Cute paw 🐾 3mo
Faibka @JulietBooks my reading buddy telling me he hadn‘t finished reading that page 😸 3mo
GingerAntics Oh no, a cat reading up on how to be a Roman emperor. Good luck!!! lol 3mo
Faibka @GingerAntics lol, oh he already rules the household! If he‘s start reading murder books I‘ll start to worry 😂 3mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 oh that would be a good time to worry. lol 3mo
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I have to say that this book has one of the best introductions I‘ve ever read. Mr. Robertson, a cognitive behavioral therapist and founding member of the Modern Stoicism group, gives a candid account of his past and how philosophy in general and Stoicism in particular helped him turn his life around. I was very moved by it and reminded me of the crucial role philosophy has played in my own life.
#Stoicism #philosophy

Ross I‘m in the middle of this one, too! I‘m absolutely loving it. 3mo
Faibka @Ross great! Glad you‘re enjoying it too :) 3mo
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“I took the phrase “I am what I am” to refer to the pure awareness of existence itself, which at first seemed like something deeply mystical or metaphysical to me: I am the consciousness of my own existence.”

Tamra It‘s pretty amazing when we stop to acknowledge it! 3mo
Faibka @Tamra yes! I‘m really liking this book 3mo
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QuoteQueen

Just finished the introduction to How to Think like a Roman Emperor & all I can say is it touched my soul. I had not felt that “love for philosophy” since my philosophy classes days as a undergrad; those same feelings as falling in love...Difficulty breathing, tightness in chest, warm fuzzy feelings of joy...💚😊

*sigh* can‘t wait to read more!

Faibka I agree! Loved the introduction and resonated with my own love for philosophy :) 3mo
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Diving into this one! This will be the start of my 3 therapy books at once rotation. After a chapter in each I‘ll switch to another cause I‘m just too excited for them all. The other contenders are on sex with disabilities and sensate focus. Let the knowledge absorption begin! (Oh and I chose to start with this one cause I just finished How To Be a Stoic last week & loved it so I wanted more!).

#therapistbooks

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“Even the Stoic wise man, therefore, may tremble in the face of danger. What matters is what he does next.”

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I tried so hard not to adopt a new book today (since I‘ve adopted 2 others this week already!) but this one practically jumped into my bag! (Fitting, as my bag had Belle on it 😂).

Idk when I will be able to read it but now it will be readily available to me at any time!

#philosophy #Stoic #Stoicism #therapistbooks