There’s no denying that we face daily challenges being vegan in a world that isn’t.
There’s also no denying that social media isn’t helping the mental health of vegans.
Both of these combined can lead the vegan to feeling misanthropic towards others or, at the worse end of it, into depression and apathy.
Yet all none of the “animal groups” in Australia provide the tools or information to followers on how to manage and respond to society’s attitudes and view.
Knowing that this is something that needs to change, I have created a 7 day email series as an introduction to Stoicism.
This email series, written in conjunction with the Vegan Stoic Podcast, will give you an introduction to Stoicism, and how you can use it to become more resilient to society’s challenges.
The series, starting next Monday 25 February 2019, will commence with an email every day for a week introducing you to the ancient philosophy that is Stoicism.
After that, you will get an email every Friday with a particular exercise or meditation to practice over the weekend, with a feedback/accountability email on the following Monday.
The only way you can get access to these emails is by filling out the form below.
If you join AFTER Monday 25 Feb, your emails will start when you sign up.
For Those Who Came In Late
What Is Stoicism?
To begin with, stoicism (being unemotional) is not the same as Stoicism the philosophy.
Stoicism was founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC. Though it was famously practiced by the likes of Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius.
The philosophy asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgment should be based on behavior, rather than words.
That we don’t control and cannot rely on external events, only ourselves and our responses.
It was built for hard times.
There is no denying that it is very hard to be and stay vegan in a world that isn’t.
Stoicism was born in a world falling apart.
Invented in Athens just a few decades after Alexander the Great’s conquests and premature death upended the Greek world, Stoicism took off because it offered security and peace in a time of warfare and crisis.
The Stoic creed didn’t promise material security or a peace in the afterlife; but it did promise an unshakable happiness in this life.
Stoicism is made for everyone
Stoic comes from the Greek stōïkos, meaning “of the stoa [portico, or porch]”.
This, in turn, refers to the Stoa Poikile, or “Painted Stoa,” in Athens, where the influential Stoic Zeno of Citium taught.
At it’s core Stoicism has four virtues.
How It Can Help
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
Stoicism can help us today, in a number of ways.
It encourages a sense of gratitude in those who practice it.
It induces a kind of self-assessment of how one reacts, acts and interacts. Instead of laying blame at the feet of circumstance or another individual, it empowers and creates new perspectives
There is more to Stoicism that the few words here, and I do encourage you to add your name and email to the form below to find out more.
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