Seneca's Win Moments & Hero Consideration Exercise

This exercise challenges you to see how both your hero and you yourself have risen to face challenging experiences in the past. Seneca writes, "Call to mind things which you have done that have been upright or courageous; run over in your mind the finest parts that you have played. And cast your memory over the things you have most admired; this is a time for recollecting all those individuals of exceptional courage who have triumphed over pain: the man who steadily went on reading a book while he was having varicose veins cut out: the man who never stopped smiling under torture..." (Lucilius Letter LXXVIII). Seneca's exercise asks you to place before your imagination both your own acts of courage and those of a hero. Will the memory and image of these actions enable you to do it again - now that you face a new challenge?

Marcus Aurelius - Med 6-48

Exercise Tag
Awaken your hero in your life
Steps in this Think-Exercise
1
When is a moment that you have acted upright, or with courage, and why are you proud of it?
2
When is a moment that one of your heroes triumphed over pain or faced a challenge with courage or endurance?
3
What are you experiencing right now that is a challenge for you?
4
How does your memory of your action and image of your hero's action affect you in this moment and in this challenge?

Doctrines Pertaining to This Exercise

There are no Stoic philosophical doctrines associated with this exercise.