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ASK THE GREEK ORACLE ”How will you know you‘re on the right path?” AMORFATI

You’re constantly second-guessing yourself. Because instead of choosing the comfortable, straight route, you went with your gut. You chose the haphazard, difficult-to-navigate route, and it's not easy. You feel stuck sometime, but how to get out of it? Watch this episode of "Ask the Greek Oracle", to find out, an answer informed by Greek Philosophy. Q&A returns with a viewer from Germany who asks, "How will I know I'm on the right path?" You'll be intrigued by the answer, and it may transform your perception for good.

RELAXING HEALING GUIDED STOIC MEDITATION, EPICTETUS, ”We are all actors on a stage.”

At the press of a button, you will find yourself on the mythical island of "Eudaimonia" for healing and relaxation...A virtual paradise with many secret gifts for you, including a meeting with a mysterious woman who shows you what your life is really about in a beautiful amphitheatre. (Note: You can always see the video of these guided meditations, filmed in Greece, here www.alkistis.net/blog)

RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION ON GREEK PHILOSOPHY “Stoic Morning Routine”

One of the most advocated routines by the Stoics is to take time to look inward, examine, and reflect. The best times to do that? In the morning after rising and in the evening before you go to bed. Epictetus advises to rehearse the day in the morning, and then review your progress in the evening. At daybreak, we should ask ourselves a few questions, watch the video to find out what those are!

 

RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM ASMR “Stoic Resilience Training”

In today's relaxing guided meditation, we focus on how the Stoics used physical exertion as a way to practice and expand their resilience. Much like a muscle growing stronger with use, the mind can grow its ability to remain in a calm emotional state if repeatedly exposed to voluntary hardship. Epictetus used the analogy of “Hard Winter Training.”

#007 RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM, “Premeditatio Malorum”

In today’s meditation, we will reflect on the Greek philosophy practice, (especially the Stoic School ) of envisioning all the things that can go wrong, which the Romans later called "Premeditatio Malorum". Why should we practice this? A) To be better prepared B) To feel more grateful for all the things that are going well in our life.

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RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION 006 GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM “Everything You Have Is Borrowed”

In today’s meditation, we will reflect on the Greek Philosophy notion that the only secure source of happiness and freedom is your inner world. This is because everything outside of you can be taken away. Therefore, it is foolish to trust your happiness and wellbeing to that which is outside your control. Real power can’t be taken away—not by the economy or by an election or by anything else. A weak person is dependent on the moods of the crowd, on the stock market or on the weather, but a philosopher—a lover of wisdom focuses their happiness on their principles.

RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION 005 on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM - Memento Mori

In today's relaxing, healing guided meditation we reflect on "Memento Mori"—the ancient Greek practice of reflection on mortality. It goes back to Socrates, who said that the proper practice of philosophy is “about nothing else but dying and being dead.” This death, of course, could be not only natural, but also the death of the Ego. Later on, the Stoic school adopted this practice, and named it "Memento Mori' in Latin, (Remberance of our imminent death). It was considered The key to our freedom—as Montaigne put it "....A person who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”

DEEPLY RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM Plato “The View From Above”

In this week's deeply relaxing guided meditation, we go over Plato's liberating concept of "View from Above". As Marcus Aurelius, wrote in Meditations, 7.48, "How beautifully Plato put it. Whenever you want to talk about people, it’s best to take a bird’s-eye view and see everything all at once—of gatherings, armies, farms, weddings and divorces, births and deaths, noisy courtrooms or silent spaces, every foreign people, holidays, memorials, markets—all blended together and arranged in a pairing of opposites..." This change of perspective from the individual to “the Whole” has the capacity to change us in fundamental ways. When we take it seriously, it can turn “this human life of ours upside down” (as Plato says in his dialogue Gorgias, line 481c). It can produce inner peace and freedom, replacing anger and pain with compassion and love, even when we are most hurt.

RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY STOICISM 004 “Everything is in Flow” Heraclitus #ASMR

In this week's relaxing guided meditation, we will reflect on the impermanence of things. Heraclitus taught that "We never step into the same river twice." Find out why its so important to understand this in order to contain and overcome fear, anxiety and depression like the Stoics.

RELAXING GUIDED MEDITATION on GREEK PHILOSOPHY, STOICISM 003 “The Obstacle Is The Way” ASMR

In today's guided meditation, we reflect on the lesson of Greek / Stoic philosophy that says that everything that's happening in your life, is happening FOR you, not TO you... Imagine that you are a fire-without logs being thrown into the fire, the fire dies. We need these challenges, to bring out the best in us, to practice Virtue ('Arete' in Greek). Marcus Aurelius's note to himself summarises it beautifully, "The impediment to action advances actions. What stands in the way, becomes the way." For philosophers, the REAL purpose of our life is not to be "successful" (as an end in itself) , but to flourish and be fulfilled ('Eudaimonia' in Greek), and this can only be done through practicing Arete

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