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