Features tagged in the Philosophical Category of Challenges & Obstacles

Challenges & Obstacles Exercises

Exercise General description
Marcus Aurelius' Obstacle Converter Practice It You're face-to-face with an obstacle. This exercise helps you "convert" that obstacle into "the way." As Marcus Aurelius writes in Book V of his Meditations, "Our actions may be impeded . . . but t...
Stoic Penknife Exercise
Epictetus' Hercules' Training Practice It In his "Discourses", Epictetus writes, "What would become of Hercules if there had been no lion, hydra, stag or boar, and no savage criminals to rid the world of? What would he have done in the abs...
Stoic Penknife Exercise
Seneca's Transformation of Pain Into Information Practice It Pain is information for us to help us learn where we can grow. In his essay "On Providence", Seneca writes, "You have asked me, Lucilus, why, if a Providence rules the world, it still happens that ...
Stoic Penknife Exercise
Marcus Aurelius Meets Difficult People Practice It One of Marcus Aurelius' most common exercise themes is the question of how to work with aggressive or difficult people. His meditations are filled with sentences like, "If he did wrong, the harm is...
Stoic Penknife Exercise

Challenges & Obstacles Quotations from Stoic Philosophers

Quotations from Stoic Philosophers like Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus

Challenges & Obstacles Stoic Doctrines