Tag: Stoic wisdom

  • Is Stoicism Creative?

    Is Stoicism Creative?

    “Health is generally preferable to illness and wealth to poverty, depending on how they’re used, but neither is of any value whatsoever when it comes to judging whether someone has lived a good life, according to the Stoics.” ― Donald Robertson, Stoicism and the Art of Happiness: Ancient Tips for Modern Challenges. Since creative work…

  • The Stoic Writer: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Creativity

    The Stoic Writer: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Creativity

    “Learn something new every day.” I’ve lived by this charge since graduating university more than a decade ago, determined not to let my brain atrophy amid the numbing routines of adulthood. Raw curiosity (and research for my novels) usually keeps me in good stead, but to supplement my cognitive nutrition, I always have a page-a-day…

  • Stoicism: A Kinder, Gentler Model for Creativity

    Stoicism: A Kinder, Gentler Model for Creativity

    When I saw Piotr Stankiewicz’s Does Happiness Write Blank Pages: On Stoicism and Artistic Creativity appear on my social media feed, I had a dramatic reaction: “No! Piotr, no. It is unhappiness that writes blank—very, very blank—pages.” I was, of course, talking about me (as a creative does—me, me, me). And, I was, of course,…

  • The Creative Stoic – An Artist’s Adventures

    The Creative Stoic – An Artist’s Adventures

    It’s in looking back and reflecting that one’s life journey is sorted and makes sense. Marcus Aurelius knew this. The entire first book of Meditations is a review of the people that shaped him. A process in which he expresses sincere gratitude to family, friends, colleagues, and teachers. What is creativity? Creativity is a fundamental…

  • 9 Stoic Principles Every Creative Needs

    9 Stoic Principles Every Creative Needs

    “Most people don’t understand what a Stoic is. They think that a Stoic wants to sort of be robust, no positive nor negative emotions, get rid of [their] attachment from the world…My definition is a Stoic Sage is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking. Someone…

  • Stoicism Basics for Creatives

    Stoicism Basics for Creatives

    I assert that “stoicism is stupid.” To be clear, what I mean is, common English usage, lower case “s” stoicism is a pretty poor strategy for cultivating happiness while building a life worth living. Meaningful living and work, without question, involves challenges, misfortunes, and invitations for shame and suffering. And “keeping a stiff upper lip”…

  • Stoicism 101: An introduction

    Stoicism 101: An introduction

    Simply put, Stoicism helps you live your best life. It’s like ancient self-help, which has been tried and tested for generations, and is still relevant today. Practicing Stoicism tends to produce all sorts of positive effects (e.g. reduces negative emotions, increases positive emotions, enhances performance and promotes life satisfaction). And it’s easy to learn. Stoicism…

  • Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations can help us in a time of pandemic

    Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations can help us in a time of pandemic

    Considered to be one of the most important stoic philosophers,  Marcus Aurelius created an enduring legacy during an extended crisis. Enjoy this DailyFind, love from CW! Marcus Aurelius was no stranger to pandemics. For 16 years of his reign as Roman Emperor (161-180 CE), the empire was ravaged by the Antonine plague , which took five…

  • Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being

    Seneca on Gratitude and What It Means to Be a Generous Human Being

    In modern times have we lost the capacity to be generous, both to ourselves as well as towards others? Enjoy this DailyFind, love from CW!  “I am grateful, not in order that my neighbour, provoked by the earlier act of kindness, may be more ready to benefit me, but simply in order that I may…