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A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control―52 Week-by-Week Lessons Flexibound – May 14, 2019
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Discover what’s really in your control, and what’s not
This exercise will help you explore the dichotomy of control. Sit down at this time Monday through Saturday of this week and choose something that happened that day to write about. It can be anything from seeing a friend for lunch to a meeting at work. We suggest that you choose an event that wasn’t too emotionally upsetting, which could make the exercise more difficult. List what aspects of the event were completely in your control and which weren’t. It may help to add some quick reasons why the thing was or wasn’t in your complete control.
Let’s look at an example of how this would work. Suppose Alice chooses to do this exercise every day after her daily evening jog. After she runs, she sits down and chooses a meeting with her boss as the event she’ll focus on. Here’s what she writes:
“‘Cognitive journaling’ is genius.”—Thrive Global
“In an age that equates virtue with frenzies of outrage and denunciations of others’ failings, A Handbook for New Stoics serves as an inspired self-help cure that, with insight and sympathy, will nudge you in the direction of the happiness and equanimity born of strength of character and wisdom.”—Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex and National Humanities Medal recipient
“Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez have created an engaging practical handbook for those who wish to explore Stoicism and achieve what Zeno called ‘a good flow of life.’”—Stephen Hanselman, coauthor of The Daily Stoic and The Daily Stoic Journal
“A wonderfully simple approach to the core concepts and techniques of Stoicism, A Handbook for New Stoics gives readers an easy way to train themselves in Stoic practices, broken down into weekly exercises spanning a whole year. Through this book, Pigliucci and Lopez have managed to make Stoicism accessible to anyone.”—Donald Robertson, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor
“A wonderful and potentially life-altering way to encounter the wisdom of the Stoics, A Handbook for New Stoics provides readers with structured lessons and exercises to explore Stoic philosophy alongside the lives they, themselves, are living.”—Professor William B. Irvine, author of A Guide to the Good Life
“In this book Pigliucci and Lopez offer a great hands-on introduction to Stoic philosophy and practice while also providing valuable ideas for long-time students of Stoicism. Well-researched and carefully structured with practical exercises that complement ancient texts, A Handbook for New Stoics will guide you through Stoic practice step-by-step throughout the year.”—Gregory Sadler, editor of Stoicism Today
About the Author
- Publisher : The Experiment; Illustrated edition (May 14, 2019)
- Language : English
- Flexibound : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1615195335
- ISBN-13 : 978-1615195336
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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putting the ideas into practice to deal with specific problems.
As one who has studied Stoicism for 20+ years, I still find much of use to me here. Since beginning the book, I have been more thoughtful on a daily basis. In the morning I think about what I want to improve on that I didn't do so well on yesterday, whenever I fail during the day, I immediately (sometimes in time to stop it), think to myself, "Hey, you can do better!", and at the end of the day I congratulate myself on any progress made and resolve to do better tomorrow.
The authors have put much thought into making this a different kind of book, a practical book. It says it's a handbook for new Stoics, which I take to mean those new to Stoicism, but it could also mean "new" in the sense of "modern", as here you won't find talk of gods and other superstitions from two millenia ago. The book takes for granted a scientific view of the universe.
I love trees as much as the next person, but I am really impressed by the quality of the flexibound book. It feels sturdier than most modern books, with the pages sewn in rather than glued. It's formatted in a style that makes reading easy, with blue highlights and even an attached ribbon place marker.
The authors have done a great job of presenting a step by step guide for easing someone into Stoicism or deepening one's practice.
I enjoy the many daily quotes and such I follow, listen to and read for Stoicism but I was looking for something deeper to really enhance my practice.
This fits the bill perfectly. It has, as the title clues you in, WEEKLY exercises for you to think and work through so you have something to focus on and keep yourself on track. In the end, it looks like the book will help you to review what's worked or needs improvement for creating your own continuations of the lessons needed for the rest of your Stoic life.
If you're serious about Stoicism, I can't recommend this enough.
Finally instead of just reading about Stoicism I found this book which is a workshop, really. It shows you what and how to become a better practitioner of Stoicism by hands on experience. It is broken down in an easy format conducted daily and weekly, I am elated I have this great book and am so far on week two. I look forward to this journey with its authors and fellow practitioners.
This book is really helping understand that, I am the master of my fate.
By Andrew on February 11, 2020
Without accountability, it is easy to become complacent or to neglect daily Stoic practices, this book acts as a mentor that can guide you each and every day!
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Un saludo y muy agradecido por el libro.