Weekly newsletter of Stoic Teacher – Issue #6
Weekly newsletter of Stoic Teacher – Issue #6

 

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Let it go
Learning to accept your past is a process, and isn’t always easy, particularly if it was traumatic or heartbreaking. First, you need to allow yourself to see your past for what it was. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, without judgment; there is no wrong or right way to do this.
As you unravel all there is to see and learn from your past, you may want to curl up in a ball and store it all away again; this is normal. Remember that accepting your past is not about wanting to change or forget about it; it’s about altering your perception of it so that you can live more freely.
The moment you begin to accept the past is the moment you begin your healing journey. This is the start of letting go, moving on, and living more for the present. Give yourself time. Remember that this is a process, not a race or a competition.
 
Amor Fati
“It’s Not What Happens to You, but How You React to It That Matters.” ~ Epictetus
In his book Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr Frankl wrote about the psychological impact of life as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. His mother, father, brother, and pregnant wife were all killed in the camps. Dr Frankl describes in chilling detail how his captors took from him virtually everything of personal value and basic human dignity.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” —Viktor Frankl
The only thing that the Nazis were unable to take away was his choice of responding to the deprivation, degradation, and trauma to which he was subjected. He made a conscious decision to focus his energies on “owning” that small but all-important space between the stimulus (whatever was said or done to him) and his response to it.
His ability to retain that degree of psycho-spiritual autonomy in the most horrific circumstances imaginable provides a remarkable example of intrapersonal strength, grace under extreme duress, the power of personal choice, and the Serenity Prayer in action.
Amor Fati (Love for Fate)
No matter how powerful, strong, wealthy, you are — you can never overcome fate. So, it’s a thing you can’t control- no matter what. Period.
Instead of fighting with it, struggling against fate, stoics were taught to love their fate.
Loving your fate is practising acceptance. Acceptance towards the uncontrollable parts of life — that’s how you avoid your emotional suffering.
 
‘’Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’’ -Seneca : Stoicism
I think this Stoic quote is perhaps the most powerful and closest thing to a superpower: "Don't seek to have events happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do happen" : Stoicism