Stoic View On Meditation
- Greetings and Felicitations,
Men seek retreats for themselves, houses in the
country, sea-shores, and mountains; and thou art
wont to desire such things very much. But this is
altogether a mark of the most common sort of men,
for it is in thy power whenever thou shalt choose
to retire into thyself. For nowhere either with
more quiet or more freedom from trouble does a
man retire than into his own soul, particularly
when he has within him such thoughts that by
looking into them he is immediately in perfect
tranquility; and I affirm that tranquility is
nothing else than the good ordering of the
Meditations. Book Four. Section 3.
Peace On Your Path,
They (Hellenic Philosphers) saw the philosopher as a compassionate physician whose arts could heal many pervasive types of human suffering. They practiced philosophy not as a detached intellectual technique dedicated to the display of cleverness but as an immersed and worldly art of grappling with human misery.
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