Mindfulness: Marcus Aurelius

A Stoic and Buddhist overlap.

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From Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts (5.16).

It’s not external things that trouble you but your judgement of them—and this you can erase immediately (8.47).

Stick to what’s in front of you—idea, action, utterance (8.22). Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions (2.5).

The mind is roused and directed by itself. It makes of itself what it chooses (6.8). The mind has no needs except for those it creates. It is undisturbed, except for its own disturbances. It knows no obstructions, except those from within (7.16). The mind without passions is a fortress. No place is more secure. Once we take refuge there we are safe forever (8.48).

Published by Dave DuBay

Dave is a Florida man. He blogs at https://fratresestoics.com. He's also at twitter.com/Dave_DuBay.

One thought on “Mindfulness: Marcus Aurelius

  1. I think that we are not taught how to manage our mind. We are taught how to memorize but we don’t know how to manage our thoughts and emotions. We are taught we have to imitate and obey. We don’t know why is it that we come to this world and if we don’t have this matter clear everything can go very wrong.

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