The Stoics originate the theme of self-control on an everyday basis. Epictetus, for instance, spoke about abstaining from talking about vulgar things, and the Emperor of Rome points out that we must always set limits to comfort and consumption.
The power of self-control, helps one to remain off from addictive behavior, acting on impulses when it’s better to not, and remain focused on the items that truly matter, once we make the excellence between the things in our control and not in our control, the secret is strengthening the items in our control, which is, in one word: our own faculty. a powerful faculty ensures that we’re less likely to be enslaved by outside forces that don’t seem to be up to us. This suggests that impulses, triggers, and temptations have less power over us, which strengthens our position in an exceeding universe that’s ever-changing.
This really hit me after I recently did a a 24-hour water fast, during which I didn’t eat, and drank only water for 24 hours.
The day start was most difficult, but the day end was surprisingly blissful, and that I was able to do all tasks that I’d normally do. This really changed my perception in regards to food. I want to think that I’d faint if I didn’t eat for a day, but it seems that I’m doing fine after a period of not eating.
The lesson I got from this, is that several needs and desires come not most from the body, but from certain ideas that are ingrained in our minds. For me, abstaining from food for 24 hours changed my relationship with it; I’ve diminished needy, knowing that I’ll be fine and that I’m perfectly able to function once I don’t eat for ages. The consequence: I worry less about food.
Statesman and Stoic philosopher Seneca reflected on the festivities happening within the city, during which the Romans feasted, got drunk, and basically indulged in pleasure. He argued that it’s courageous to not participate in these festivities, but it’s even more courageous to participate but in a very different way; without extravagance, thus, I assume, in a very sober and modest fashion. To detach ourselves from luxury and test the constancy of the mind, Seneca gave us the subsequent advice: put aside a specific number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with the coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: “Is this the condition that I feared?
Emperor Aurelius wrote that we should set limits on leisure, emphasizing that we aren’t made to spend our lives eating, drinking, and sleeping to excess, especially once we study the remainder of the world. I quote: Don’t you see the plants, the birds, the ants and spiders and bees going about their individual tasks, putting the globe so as, as best they can? And you’re not willing to try to to your job as a human being? Why aren’t you running to do the things that are meant to be, designed to be done by you, what your nature demands?
Although I favor his analogy, I need to add that some animals probably aren’t the most effective examples when it involves industriousness. However, another argument that Marcus Aureliusbrings forward repeatedly is that we should always sleep in agreement with nature.
More specifically: our attribute. the rule of thumb for this is Stoic ethics. to place this simply: if one lives virtuously, one lives in agreement with nature and contrariwise.
Courage and moderation are two of the four cardinal virtues in Stoicism.
Courage is subdivided into confidence, endurance, cheerfulness, high-mindedness, and industriousness. Courage is something one can possess and embrace. It can grow inside the heart of a person if he is willing to do so.
Moderation is often subdivided into modesty, seemliness, good discipline, and self-control and self discipline. The self control is the most powerful weapon a man could have. There are many ways to coach self-control. Differing types of fasting are very effective, but please consult your doctor first, in our own way is restricting the usage of the smartphone, social media, and therefore the internet all at once, which, by the way, I’m doing at the instant this article is published. Or how about this method: waiting for a moment in front of your dish before you begin to eat, and chewing on your food for a certain amount of times before swallowing. You’ll be amazed how difficult this is often. Self-control makes us accustomed to the hardships that many fellow humans beings bear every day, like hunger, bad luck, and working insane hours with no vacation. No shelter to live. No clean clothes to wear but they still keep going and never gives the hope pf another better day, that the things , their circumstances will change.
Becoming more content with what we’ve and less enthusiastic about what we predict we’d like, brings a couple of sense of inner peace and happiness. Being grateful will give you more reasons to be grateful for. As Seneca puts it: allow us to become experienced poverty, so that fortune might not catch us off our guard. We shall be rich with all the more comfort, if we once learn the way far poverty is from being a burden but more of a life lesson that will teach us by the life itself and help us to be a better human being.
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