Live Like A Stoic Week starts on Monday November 25th. It’s hosted by the Universities of Birbeck, London, and Exeter in the U.K., so the correlation with Thanksgiving here in the U.S. is probably coincidental. It’s a great time for self-experimenting in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy flavored philosophy though, as the holiday season can be full of emotional stress for many of us.
The Live Like A Stoic Week’s presenters’ favorite stoics are Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. Of these, I have always loved Marcus Aurelius’s Analects. Stoicism itself can sound a little scary, especially if you think the self-control and fortitude parts are going to suck all the spontaneity and fun out of your life. Luckily,the Live Like a Stoic Week’s focus is about learning to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions, not about turning into Mr. Spock from Star Trek.
Although we can’t control events, we can perhaps learn to control how we react to and feel about events. The Stoicism for Life people think that an application of gentle Stoicism can help us lead better, happier lives. I have some things that I’m struggling with in my life that I think this might really help with, so I’m going to give it a try next week. I don’t have dysfunctional extended family holidays to deal with, but if you do, I really think it might be useful, if for no other reason than to keep your mind occupied with something other than the secret desire to choke people. If you do nothing more than take the pre-launch assessments, you might find something helpful.
Check it Out at: Stoic Week 2013
- Stoic Week 2013 (theunemployedphilosophersblog.wordpress.com)
- Try being a Stoic for a week? (timesonline.typepad.com)
- Stoic Week (naturalpantheist.wordpress.com)
- Live like a Stoic week is coming up: November 25th – December 1st, 2013 (hesperusisbosphorus.wordpress.com)