Stop Overthinking With This Stoic Advice From Seneca | The Philosophy of Stoicism

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A man who suffers before it is necessary, suffers more than is necessary.
-Seneca
What gives us the most pain in life is not the events that happen to us, but the mental games the mind plays in their anticipation.
It was not the job interview that gave you nightmares, but the thoughts of interrogation that preceded it and left you tremulous.
It wasn’t the proposal that bothered you, but the butterflies that could not escape your stomach.
The speech was not the issue, but the restless laughter in your mind was.
Circumstances are never as bad as we make them seem to be.
The worst of all pains is the one that is self- inflicted, the pain that we create for ourselves.
The human mind is a gift and a curse.
We are Gods in the sense that we are capable of incredible creations.
A mind that can create intricate rockets that propel us into the cosmos further than any other creature dare to dwell.
A mind capable of reason, that allows society and law to be formed, cooperation between people if different creeds in complex arrangements.
A mind with infinite potential in creation and imagination, that can share ideas through movies and novels, music, and art.
The curse is that this same mind can engineer its own demise,
Create illusions and paint them as reality
Inflict suffering before it is necessary.
So, what can we do?
It was Marcus Aurelius who said:
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapon of reason which today arm you against the present.”
Riddle me this
You know that you will have to face the future and whatever circumstances come with it…
So, why do you choose to face it today, through your mind, your thoughts, your overthinking?
The future never occurs the way in which you envision it, so why do you create such painful visions?
Choose to spend your time in the present instead, choose tranquillity.
Remember that you can never truly experience this ‘future’, all of life runs through the present moment.
You can always deal with the present moment.


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