“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.16

I got into stoicism just a little bit before our country announced everybody should stay home and self-quarantine.

At the first week I was so anxious and paranoid about everything.. Not having a job, not being able to see my girlfriend, go out with my friends or go out to workout.. All of these got me into a terrible mental state.

3 weeks later and I'm in a much better shape and a healthier mindset. I can honestly say that reading everyday some quotes from Meditations, The Daily Stoic and meditating everyday for a least 10 minutes has helped tremendously dealing with current situation.

I'm so grateful that I found about stoicism a month ago 🙂

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Do all relationships end?

I'm so sorry if this has come up before but I'm new here and new to stoicism! I just came across the notion that relationships and the idea of attachment are pointless because they will end anyway, or at the very least, are always subject to change.

Part of me welcomes this idea and resonates with it, but I need to understand it better. So my question is: if a stoic were to enter into a relationship of a romantic nature for example, how would they approach it differently from a 'non-stoic'?

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Stoicism and Temporality

I recently had this epiphany while reading Seneca and Marcus Aurelius as to how Stoicism and Buddhism might be the only philosophical/religious ideas that take into account knowingly or unknowingly the temporal aspects of life, meaning, almost every other major religion/philosophy have had this tendency to form tenets based on what is available to them then, rather than seeing humanity as an evolving entity, thereby committing the unwitting mistake of becoming retrospectively bigoted, in turn letting the ideas become less relevant when tried to apply anachronistically. But Stoicism/Buddhism seems to have had a more non-linear approach towards the formation of their philosophical views by taking into account the idea of temporal emergence i.e., you at 52 will not be the same person as you were at 22, or for that matter who you were yesterday is different from who you are today, that is, people change and evolve over time. And so do their virtues, as in, what was right 500 years ago may not be right today eg. authority based morality, purity based morality etc. The beauty I see here is how it manages to address this ever changing nature of humans by only focusing on the unchanging aspects of humans(like kindness, compassion, acceptance, etc through logic and rationale instead of cooked up fanciful stories), and all that without forcing itself upon the changeable aspects through potentially irrelevant ideas of cooking up a mystical authority or a story like other philosophies and religions have done in the past.

Note: I might be way off here in thinking that these are the only two religions/philosophies, so please enlighten me in that regard. And secondly, these is just my thought, so please take it with a grain of salt.

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Stoicism and Schizophrenia?

Is there ways to quiet a mind and soul in constant turmoil?

Not like I hear voices often just when I'm feeling insecure. It often makes it hard to meditate with any ambient noise at all but I've seen progress with hearing less and less with just basic meditation.

Reaching adulthood I've just started having auditory hallucinations and stoicism has helped me take back control of my mind. Although guidance would make me feel more confident.

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Stoicism and Schizophrenia?

Is there ways to quiet a mind and soul in constant turmoil?

Not like I hear voices often just when I'm feeling insecure. It often makes it hard to meditate with any ambient noise at all but I've seen progress with hearing less and less with just basic meditation.

Reaching adulthood I've just started having auditory hallucinations and stoicism has helped me take back control of my mind. Although guidance would make me feel more confident.

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