Last year at about this time I was reading Eric Greiten's Resilience. It was my first real introduction to Stoicism. Whenever I suggest that book, I get push back from women saying "Stoicism isn't my jam." I think, and I could be wrong, that this is largely because people think stoicism is the absence of emotion. Except that it's not.
Here's how/why Stoicism has changed my life: I'm what I call a thinker-feeler. I think all the time and I feel all the feels. It would not be incorrect to say I can tend to be ruled by my emotions. Or I used to. Stoicism, to me, is the use of logic, not in an attempt to deny my emotions, but to deny them the power to dictate my life to me. It's quite possibly the simplest anti-anxiety tool on the planet. It's precisely why asking yourself if a thought is true works. Just as meditation calms the monkey mind, logic takes your emotions and peels back the layers to the root cause, shining a light on what is true and what is not. It's, as the above quote says, the awareness behind the emotions.
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