Not a Guru


Well, duh (see title). I wish I had it all wired. As I read through Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations or Epictetus’ Enchiridion, there’s a tendency for me to think that these guys had it down; like they really had their shit together. Then, I wonder, had they really reached a destination? Were they Stoically enlightened? Did each claim to be Buddha? Were they actually sages? I prefer to think of them as thinkers, writing to help themselves wrestle life…kind of like me.

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Wrestling Your Mind


“Wipe out imagination: check desire: extinguish appetite: keep the ruling faculty in its own power.” Marcus Aurelius Meditations Book 9

How often are we engaged in a battle within ourselves?   This battle rages on we imagine worst case scenarios, while at the same time we desire for our lives to be different.  Me personally, not you, I am rather content.  I really have little to complain about.  I reflect on this when I rest my head on my pillow.  I have no physical pain usually, my eyes and ears still work, my room is not too cold, nor is it too hot (and if it were, I could adjust the temperature).  My children and wife are currently healthy and relatively happy.  My family seems to get along just fine.

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