The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness

The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness

by Jonas Salzgeber

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ISBN-13: 9783952506905
Publisher: Jonas Salzgeber
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 259,210
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART 1: WHAT IS STOICISM

Chapter 1: The Promise of Stoic Philosophy

Chapter 2: A Quick History Lesson

Chapter 3: The Stoic Happiness Triangle

Chapter 4: The Villain: Negative Emotions Get in the Way

PART 2: 55 STOIC PRACTICES

PREPARING PRACTICES

Practice 1: The Stoic Art of Acquiescence: Accept and Love Whatever Happens

Practice 2: Undertake Actions with a Reserve Clause

Practice 3: What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way

Practice 4: Remind Yourself of the Impermanence of Things

Practice 5: Contemplate Your Own Death

Practice 6: Consider Everything as Borrowed from Nature

Practice 7: Negative Visualization: Foreseeing Bad Stuff

Practice 8: Voluntary Discomfort

Practice 9: Prepare Yourself for the Day: The Stoic Morning Routine

Practice 10: Review Your Day: The Stoic Evening Routine

Practice 11: Keep a Role Model in Mind: Contemplate the Stoic Sage

Practice 12: Stoic Aphorisms: Keep Your “Weapons” Ready at Hand

Practice 13: Play Your Given Roles Well

Practice 14: Eliminate the Nonessential

Practice 15: Forget Fame

Practice 16: Like a Minimalist: Live Simple

Practice 17: Take Back Your Time: Cut Out News and Other Timewasters

Practice 18: Win at What Matters

Practice 19: Become an Eternal Student

Practice 20: What Do You Have to Show for Your Years?

Practice 21: Do What Needs to Get Done

SITUATIONAL PRACTICES: HOW TO DEAL WITH YOURSELF WHEN LIFE GETS TOUGH?

Practice 22: Your Judgment Harms You

Practice 23: How to Deal With Grief

Practice 24: Choose Courage and Calm over Anger

Practice 25: Beat Fear with Preparation and Reason

Practice 26: Blame Your Expectations

Practice 27: Pain and Provocation: Great Opportunities for Virtue

Practice 28: The Equanimity Game

Practice 29: The Anti-Puppet Mindset

Practice 30: Life Is Supposed to Be Challenging

Practice 31: What’s so Troublesome Here and Now?

Practice 32: Count Your Blessings

Practice 33: Other-ize

Practice 34: Take the Bird’s-Eye View

Practice 35: It’s the Same Old Things

Practice 36: Meat Is Dead Animal: Observe Objectively

Practice 37: Avoid Rashness: Test Your Impressions

Practice 38: Do Good, Be Good

SITUATIONAL PRACTICES: HOW TO HANDLE YOURSELF WHEN OTHER PEOPLE CHALLENGE YOU?

Practice 39: We Are All Limbs of the Same Body

Practice 40: Nobody Errs on Purpose

Practice 41: Find Your Own Faults

Practice 42: Forgive and Love Those Who Stumble

Practice 43: Pity Rather than Blame the Wrongdoer

Practice 44: Kindness Is Strength

Practice 45: How to Deal with Insults

Practice 46: Scratches Happen In Training

Practice 47: Don’t Abandon Others nor Yourself

Practice 48: For Such a Small Price, Buy Tranquility

Practice 49: Put Yourself in Other People’s Shoes

Practice 50: Choose Your Company Wel

Practice 51: Don’t Judge But Yourself

Practice 52: Do Good, Not Only No Evil

Practice 53: Say Only What’s Not Better Left Unsaid

Practice 54: Listen with the Intent to Understand

Practice 55: Lead by Example

Acknowledgments

Selected Bibliography

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The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JeyranMain 12 days ago
The little book of Stoicism is a book geared towards bettering your life using Stoic Philosophy. The book begins by providing a brief explanation of the history of Stoicism. The philosophy of what it means and how effective the practices, meditations are for our daily life. I particularly enjoyed how the author compartmentalized the ideas into more straightforward and understandable wording. By using old techniques and philosophy, it addresses modern and complex issues we face today. The literature was easy to follow and to read. The work was divided into reasonable sections and felt well thought out. It was apparent to acknowledge the author’s intentions as he aimed at showing us how to gain resilience, confidence, calmness, and everything that is mentally troubling us in our life. I especially enjoyed the part where the book discusses the ability to contemplate your death. I believe this book would suit people who are into self-help, psychology, social sciences, stoicism, and behavioral therapy. This is a beneficial book for people who wish to try a method is not typically mentioned. I appreciated the novelty of the work and look forward to reading more from this author.
ReadersFavorite2 3 months ago
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber offers 'Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness.' Originating in ancient Greece, the philosophy of Stoicism can help you overcome any of life’s challenges. Discover how you can overcome your self-limiting beliefs and control the emotions that are inhibiting you from becoming the best version of yourself. By learning the principles of Stoicism, you can choose the best response to any given situation, no matter how harsh. How can you deal effectively with toxic people and situations? How can you deal with grief or negative emotions? You will be surprised at how your deep-seated emotions are controlling your behaviour and holding you back from becoming the person you are meant to be. By following these principles, you will finally understand what is important in life and begin to take the steps toward a more peaceful and fulfilling life. The title does not do justice to this excellent guide to Stoicism as the information inside the book is abundant. The author has explained the principles of Stoicism in such a way that anyone can understand. I took so much from this guide, but especially the principles outlined in the Stoic Happiness Triangle. The morning and evening rituals were really helpful too and could change anyone’s daily life, especially those who struggle with negative emotions. I found the teachings very similar to Buddhism, and the belief that thoughts, not people, dictate our state of mind was very enlightening. I feel this guide will have a positive impact on anyone and will really help them connect to their inner spirit and help them live a more fulfilled life which is more in line with their true character. I thank the author for creating such a great guide and explaining the philosophy of Stoicism in such a way that it will help anyone live a more productive and positive life. This book would make a great addition to any school library.
ReadersFavorite1 3 months ago
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness by Jonas Salzgeber is a great non-fiction book on philosophy. In this book, Jonas makes an attempt to consolidate the teachings of the Greek school of Stoic philosophy and present them in today’s setting where they can be just as relevant as they were in ancient Greece over 2000 years ago. The book is divided into several sections and chapters and starts with an introduction to Stoicism and an overview of its most important theories as well as some historical background. This includes a few short biographies on some of the Stoics including Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher Roman emperor. After that, the book moves from the theory of the philosophy towards its practical aspects and presents 55 short chapters on how to practice Stoicism in real life: insights from the ancient philosophers regarding practical advice for day-to-day living, as well as its application in today’s modern world we live in. There is also a bibliography at the end of the book which presents more reading resources. I really liked reading The Little Book of Stoicism for its simplicity and its genuine attempt to demystify this philosophy and present it in a contemporary setting. Although I had read about the Stoics before, I found out a few new things by reading this book. The language and writing style are simple and pleasing and I am sure will be relatable to most young people of today’s age. I actually wish that more short biographies of some other Stoic philosophers from the past had been included as well since I feel it is not only educational but also intriguing to learn more about the roots of this philosophy. Overall, for anyone interested in philosophy or simply looking for ways for self-improvement, this book will surely be very helpful.
ReadersFavorite 3 months ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Little Book of Stoicism: Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness is a self help guidebook penned by author Jonas Salzgeber. Redefining the bedrock philosophy of the past to embrace calmness in the modern day, this guidebook offers part philosophy class and part practical workbook in the quest for its readers to become modern Stoic thinkers. Author Jonas Salzgeber updates the popular philosophy of four key Stoic thinkers - Seneca the Younger, Musonius Rufus, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius – and enables his readers to understand their viewpoints for the modern day in as succinct a way as possible. From here, he develops the key areas of Stoic thinking, and later offers exercises to practice the ideas which have been taught in your daily life. People seeking peace in a chaotic world could benefit a lot in heeding the philosophy of an equally complex ancient time. Author Jonas Salzgeber curates some excellent thoughts and expands upon them with clear prose and uncomplicated concepts and examples, which should make The Little Book of Stoicism an easy and approachable read for all. The content is divided into short sections which effectively organize the philosophy into one point at a time, and the overall message of calm, resilient mindfulness is one which fits well with the modern thinking of the current age. What I particularly enjoyed was Part Two containing the practical exercises, a few of which I tried myself. This is the treasure chest at the end of the learning journey, a practical and mindful way to focus on self improvement.