This Ancient Philosophy Is What We Desperately Need In Our Modern Lives


Another link from Brian Williard:

This Ancient Philosophy Is What We Desperately Need In Our Modern Lives

Growing up, all the word “Stoic” meant to me was keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

Not until 1989, when I was taking the Synoptics course at St. Mary’s Seminary, did I learn — from Sean Freyne’s The World of the New Testament, which I highly recommend for many reasons — that there is a great deal more to it, including much to like.

Stoicism is a life of ordered joy.

As you read this article, please note the many similarities between the approach to life described there, and the things I have said here about presence.

Carolyn Gregoire also wrote the first article I mentioned about emotional intelligence,  “How emotionally intelligent are you?”

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And yet another link from Brian Williard:

Google’s ‘Jolly Good Fellow’ On The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

Looks like links to Carolyn Gregoire are becoming pretty common on this blog.

Don’t scoff at the headline.  From the gentleman in question here, Chade-Meng Tan, comes another ringing endorsement of meditation and presence as I have discussed them.  I note that the first exercise described in the article is tantamount to what I call prayer, and practically the same as I proposed in “You don’t need an invitation to love people.”

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One thought on “This Ancient Philosophy Is What We Desperately Need In Our Modern Lives

  1. This guy seems like a douchebag, but I’m glad that some people have too much time on their hands and can provide relevant links.

    A) Stoicism has that negative connotation of “coldness.” That’s somewhat deserved, but there’s obviously so much more to it than that.

    B) Emphasis on EQ can (or does?) too easily lead to acquiescence to the whims of others, just like stressing mindfulness can readily slope into quietism. If, however, you know with reasonable certainty that you’re right, you have to follow your own conscience’s dictates.

    I, for one, tend too much toward both of these qualities and tendencies that I’m being critical of here, but I’m somewhat aware of the many beams in my eyes.

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