Question Every Thought (Inner Peace with Stoicism)

In this whirlwind of a world, finding inner peace might seem like an adventure of its own. But fear not, the ancient wisdom of Stoicism can help. And you know what the secret sauce is? Question every thought!

What the Heck is Stoicism?

Ah, Stoicism! That ancient gem from Greece and Rome, all about virtue, rationality, and living in harmony with nature. You see, according to Stoics, happiness lies in focusing on what we can control — thoughts and attitudes — and what we can’t control — external events, circumstances, and the actions of others. 

Questioning Every Thought

We call it “cognitive distancing,” and it’s pretty nifty. It’s like giving your mind a little spa day. By critically examining our beliefs, we can boot out irrational emotions and biases and get some mind clarity.

Key Questions to Ask About Your Thoughts

  • Is this thought based on reason and evidence? Prioritizing reason helps avoid irrational beliefs.
  • Can I change the situation or outcome? Accepting what’s beyond our control reduces stress.
  • Does this thought align with Stoic virtues? Striving for wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance ensures moral integrity.
  • Am I making unwarranted assumptions? Challenging assumptions leads to better judgment.
  • What are the consequences of holding on to this thought? Considering outcomes helps respond with wisdom.

The Pursuit of Apatheia

The goal here is to achieve apatheia — not a lack of emotions, mind you! It’s like finding that quiet oasis amidst the turbulent waters of life. Embrace the ever-changing nature of things, and you’ll be as cool as a cucumber

Embracing this Stoic mindset empowers us to find serenity amidst the ever-changing world around us.

Tim Kane

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