Stoicism is a philosophy with great focus on the mind. The Stoics found and used many psychological techniques, like negative visualization. The Stoics also gave practical, pragmatical advice on various topics like grief, anger and life itself. Applying the techniques and advice leads to a virtuous life. But, all that plays in the mind. I want to introduce some tangible tools to stoicism: The Stoic Thinking Tools.
As you may already know, I write, under the buzzword StoicMindset, about topics, I think should be part stoicism. Stoic thinking tools are part of the StoicMindset.
Stoic Thinking Tools …
… are tangible tools that help us to make rational decisions. They can also help us to think clearly and be more creative.
In contrast to stoic psychological techniques and advice stoic thinking tools are tangible!
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Another important aspect is, the tools should be available to everybody. Not just a certain group, like the rich.
Marcus Aurelius Meditations
We can think of Marcus Aurelius Meditations as the first stoic thinking tool. We can assume by the content, that he used it to train himself how to be a better stoic. How to make better, rational decisions. How to live according to nature.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Today paper and pen are available to (almost) everybody. Enough to start a journal.
Thus, a journal fulfills both requirements to be a stoic thinking tool.
Another great stoic thinking tool is a Pro-Con List. It helps to make better decisions and is available to everybody,
What do you think should be considered as a stoic thinking tool? Please tell us, in the comment section below!
Gaius Wolf, Munich 9.July.2016