How to journal like a stoic

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The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday has led the popular revival of stoicism since 2014, with his acclaimed bestsellers The Obstacle is the Way, Ego is the Enemy, and - in partnership with Stephen Hanselman - The Daily Stoic. This latter offered powerful quotations, fresh anecdotes, and insightful commentary on the wisdom of Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius.

Now Holiday and Hanselman are back with The Daily Stoic Journal, an interactive guide to integrating this ancient philosophy into our 21st century lives. Readers will find weekly explanations and quotations to inspire deeper reflection on Stoic practices, as well as daily prompts and a helpful introduction explaining the various Stoic tools of self-management. The beautifully designed hardback features space for morning and evening notes, along with advice to encourage ongoing writing and insights, day by day through the year.

As a companion volume for those who already love The Daily Stoic, or as a stylish stand-alone journal, this is perfect for anyone seeking inner peace and clarity in our volatile world.
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The Power Of Journaling - Stoic Exercises For Inner Peace

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Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday's top tips for journaling in 2018

Journaling changed my life. But, being honest, the skill didn't come easy. From Jim Rohn to people you've never even heard of before. The reason I started was simple: coaches are expensive. I've paid thousands of dollars to get the right coach in front of me - and that was good… But journaling lets you coach yourself.

These three radically different men led radically different lives. But they seemed to have one habit in common: Journaling. In one form or another, each of them did it. They were not the only ones to practice the habit of writing. Foucault observed of this era of history, all the great minds practiced it. And of course, many people—Stoic or otherwise—have fallen in love with and dedicated themselves to morning or evening journaling in the centuries since. And for good reason—it works.

Why Journal?

Do you ever contemplate the many facets of your existence? Do they add value to your life, and you to theirs? What kind of value? Are you conscious of how they might be influencing you? Do you ever choose to write down the fruits of your contemplations? Do you ever harness the flow of your thoughts to a page with no particular end in mind? What have come to be known as his Meditations began purely as personal, written explorations which were never intended for publication.

Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter. And lead pencil markings endure longer than memory. Each morning, usually after a long walk on my farm , I go upstairs to my office and pull out three small notebooks. In the first one— a small blue gold leafed notebook —I write one sentence about the day that just passed. And then finally, I pick up The Daily Stoic Journal to prepare for the day ahead by meditating on a short prompt: Where am I standing in my own way?

Today I want to describe various Stoic exercises that you can do to develop a Stoic outlook on life. While this is obviously useful for the would-be Stoic, I think that everyone can benefit these exercises. These exercises have been used by millions of people because they work in real life , not in some imaginary far away land. They are practical and they do not require any equipment with the exception of a functioning brain. All of these exercises have been around for thousands of years and the reason that they are still applicable today is because they are grounded in common experience and in common sense.

4 thoughts on “The Daily Stoic Journal: 366 Days of Writing and Reflection on the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday

  1. Seneca's favorite time to journal was in the evenings. Some like to pull up an empty document on their computer and record thoughts. But it is the process that .

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