Stoicism comes from the Greek word stoa,
It is a school of philosophy that developed during the
Hellenistic Civilisation, in the 3rd century BCE.
Stoicism was founded in Athens, by Zeno of Citium
in modern Cyprus ( c. 344 BCE – c. 262 BCE ), and
became very popular during the Roman Empire.
Zeno used to teach his philosophy at the Stoa Poikile
on the north side of the ancient Agora in Athens.
Zeno’s beliefs were influenced by an ancient Greek
philosophy that flourished during the 6th and 5th
centuries BCE, called Cynicism, and whose teachings
were all about living in virtue.
Stoicism is considered a way of life.
It teaches us to develop strength of mind and self
control in order to be able to overcome and conquer
our hurtful and destructive emotions.
It also teaches us to use common sense and judgement,
to be bold and brave, to be honest and fair, to be reserved
By using logic and intelligence we can understand
life and accept the present moment.
The ultimate goal of stoicism is Inner Peace;
this is a lot similar to the teachings of Siddhartha
Gautama, the founder of Buddhism.
It is to lead a happy life and keep on growing mentally.
Presence Of Mind
Our modern every day life is full of stress, confusion
As a consequence, finding inner peace is so difficult
and exhausting, as trying very hard to find a hiding
place to protect yourself from evil.
If you want to improve,
1) Your mental health.
2) Your physical health.
3) Your total well-being.
4) Your self-confidence.
5) Your creativity.
6) Your productivity.
7) Your connection with your relationships.
8) Your whole life experience.
Adopt the following principles:
a) Recognise that all your emotions are created only
by yourself — and not by any external force.
So, discipline your mind, and keep your thoughts and
attitudes under complete control.
b) Realise that there are many things in life you have
no control over.
So, decide to accept this truth, and stop struggling and wasting
your energy; as well as being concerned and worried about
all circumstances you can not change.
Detach yourself from situations or persons — and understand
that the only thing you can ever change is yourself.
Surrender and acknowledge what is.
c) Learn to live only in the present moment: that is, here
because this is the only true time of living.
Make this your habit, and prevent all distractions from
the past or the future.
d) Pursue learning and growth.
Read books and various writings in order to become more
aware, avoid mistakes, be inspired and take better decisions
in your life.
e) Have solid beliefs, and stay absolutely true to them.
This way you will be guided towards inner peace and have
better quality of life.
f) Be caring and considerate.
Always hope for the best no matter what else happens at
Believe that all will go well eventually.
g) Develop emotions only for the things that really
matter to you.
Ignore and discard whatever else is out there.
This is your power to tranquillity and happiness.
h) Learn to enjoy solitude;
meditate, read or write, sit or photograph nature, do
some breathing exercises, focus on appreciation and
i) Resolve all unsettled issues in your life thoroughly,
and stay true to yourself without hiding or interpreting
things in thoughtless ways.
Only then you will feel calm and free.
Bed Of Roses
Living your life in utter confusion by constantly fighting
against everything and everybody is an absolutely
destructive and deadly obsession.
The most major obstruction to enjoying inner peace is
your assumption that the way your life is at this moment
is not good enough; so you need to keep on changing it.
Certainly this is an endless route, and it needs to be
addressed as soon as possible.
Learn to face the facts of nature, surrender and accept
them as they are, without resisting the reality.
Take full responsibility for your thoughts, feelings,
emotions and actions.
It really is a difficult process, but it can be achieved as
soon as you decide within yourself to start changing the
way you think.
You need to find new ways to improve your life, and
transform yourself mentally.
Distance yourself from your thoughts;
understand change and the actual relationship you have
with your mind, in order to feel free and peaceful.
Inner Peace is a Choice.
Inner Peace should be your topmost goal.
Learn to make it priority in your life.