As a continuation of the post yesterday on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditation. Here’s a second note on some of the key points from the book.
Use your mind as the powerful tool that it is.
Concentrate every minute … on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions … you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable.
You need to avoid certain things in your train of thought: everything random and irrelevant. And certainly everything self-important or malicious.
You can lead an untroubled life provided you can grow, can think and act systematically.
Not to assume it’s impossible because you find it hard. But to recognize that if it’s humanly possible, you can do it too.
…your responsibilities can be broken down into individual parts as well. Concentrate on those, and finish the job methodically…
Practice really hearing what people say. Do your best to get inside their minds.
Today I escaped from anxiety. Or no, I discarded it, because it was within me, in my own perceptions—not outside.