Practice Routine

Introduction

This blog post describes a continuous training you can do to incorporate Philosophy and contemplation in to your life.
Enjoy! (or at least look at your suffering more objectively)

The Schedule

Daily

Morning Meditation

  • What will you do today, fate permitting? Go through your day step by step. What opportunities and challenges you expect to face, and how will you deal with them? Practice responding to adversity with the mental resources and skills you have.
  • Choose one of these tasks to complete, either in writing or in your mind.
  • Read a short passage from one of your favorite philosophical works (Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca, Modern Stoics, etc.).  If you are short on time, recite and reflect on a quote.
  • Go into silence for at least five minutes. Just sit there and observe without judgement or analyzing.

The whole thing should not take too much time: ten minutes on a busy morning. On a weekend morning you can spend more time in silence, and also reflect on a question more thoroughly.

 

Alternative script for Morning Meditation.

Throughout the day

  • Continuous attention and awareness of your thoughts, actions, speech and moral choices (Prosochē). Ask yourself often “Am I doing the best thing I could be doing, right now?”, and “Am I responding and behaving in the best way I can?”.
  • Self-retreat (Quiet reflective moment + reciting few useful philosophical maxims/quotes), use when needed.
  • Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Practice discipline and moderation (food, drink, physical exercise).

Evening Meditation

Go through the events of the day.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • “What did I do amiss?”
  • “What did I do?”
  • “What duty was left undone?”

Answer the questions honestly, and when possible, in writing.  Keep your file private. Do not just list the stuff you did or did not do throughout the day, but reflect on how you did in regard to your philosophical practice, virtues, and your own goals in life.

Monthly or quartelry  

  • Do the normal Daily routine (Morning, daytime, evening). If you can spare the time, do longer sessions than usually.
  • Review the events of the past month/quarter, plan the next.

Yearly     

  • Values clarification.
  • Review the past year, plan the next.
  • Consider participating in the Stoic Week or a longer course.

Exercises

Here are some more exercises and reflections you can add to your pracitce routine. Take one, many or all. Add them to your daily, monthly or yearly reflections as time allows.

Sources and inspiration

More on Morning Meditation

Morning Meditation Exercise By Donald Robertson

How to meet the morning by The Immoderate Stoic

Three Stoic reminders by Daily Stoic

Practice Regimen

https://philosophy-of-cbt.com/2013/02/03/a-simplified-modern-approach-to-stoicism/

https://medium.com/pocketstoic/a-daily-regimen-for-the-modern-stoic-e4b9ae750e58

Buddhist and Mindfulness

Guided Meditations and Buddhis teachings by Gil Fronsdal and others

Dharmapunx NYC and Brooklyn, guided meditations and Buddhist teachings by Josh Korda

Evern more good stuff

How To Be A Stoic

Modern Stoicism

Daily Stoic

The Immoderate Stoic

Painted Porch

Stoicism Today

Philosophy of CBT

Stoic by Design