Overview of Week One

So that’s the general format. This is what it looks like for Week One…

  1. Lesson.  You’re doing it now!  You’re going to be reading some more about the basic Stoic concepts we’re employing, though, over the next few pages.
  2. Daily exercise.  This exercise is designed to help you ground your awareness in the “here and now” and view your experiences from a detached and objective perspective, as the ancient Stoics described.
  3. Audio recording.  This recording contains some simple relaxation followed by a script describing basic Stoic values and attitudes, which you should contemplate and mentally-rehearse each day.  Listen with headphones using an MP3 player or computer – or burn it to a CD.
  4. Self-monitoring.  You’re going to begin self-monitoring simply by keeping a careful tally or count of how frequently you find yourself doing things you’d like to stop, such as dwelling on unhealthy thoughts, feelings, or desires, etc.
  5. Discussion questions.  “What do you think would be the pros and cons of living a life in which you take  excellence of character (Stoic ‘virtue’) to be the only thing that’s intrinsically good?”

This week is very important because it provides a solid foundation for the concepts and practices to follow.  If you really reflect on the questions we’re raising, observe yourself very closely, and stick with these initial daily exercises, you’re bound to get much more out of the weeks that follow.

If there’s anything you don’t understand or get stuck with, let us know immediately, by posting on the Comments section below or contacting the course facilitator, and we’ll do our very best to help you.

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19 thoughts on “Overview of Week One”

  1. We haven’t converted the current version of the course to PDF yet. It’s difficult to do this because the course is frequently updated so it would take a lot of time and effort to continually maintain a PDF copy in parallel. EPUB is actually a better format for mobile devices but fewer people seem to use that, although we previously provided Stoic Week in Mobi (Kindle), EPUB, and PDF.

  2. My attempt to replay the audio recordings on my ipad by copying the mp4 file to imovie isn’t working that well as the ipad or the app shuts down about 1/2 through the playback…

    I did see the information about copying to file to itunes, etc, etc, I should probably give that a try but I thought a Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience app would be great! It could capture both the audio recordings and the meditative exercises… I attempted to create one using the snappy appypie tool (free and for an iphone – no ipad option) but it wouldn’t load? on my iphone. I’m wondering if anyone has created an app before and can recommend a free tool? Cheers!

  3. I asked this question on Google, but perhaps it is better here: Are any of the meditations we will be taught intended to be things we can do with our minds when they wander off into places they “shouldn’t” be? Things we can automatically turn to when our thoughts go in a direction we don’t want them to go?

    1. I don’t you should think that there are places that our minds “shouldn’t be”. Our minds will go where they will go and it is important not to place a value judgement on that. What is important is to not linger or cling to these negative or otherwise undesirable thoughts. You want to acknowledge the thoughts and then let them pass, nothing more. It can be difficult at first, but with practice it gets easier. Hope this helps!

  4. Hi,
    1. Is there a way for me to copy the audio clips to an ipad for playback?
    2. Is there a link to the ‘group forum’ for posting our response to the discussion question?
    Thank you for your help. And thank you for this course 🙂

    1. Yes, to play MP3 files on an iPad you need to download them to a computer and import them to iTunes then sync with the iPad. Apple make this slightly trickier than it should be because they want you to purchase music via iTunes rather than downloading free recordings.

      The discussions are at the bottom of each relevant page, in the Comments sections.

      1. I’d appreciate that.
        The document that is linked to below is so dense that it is difficult to read.
        Maybe an updated version that is reformatted for easier reading.