So, we're mortal.
Yep, we are going to die.
This sounds so sad.
But, if we get our thoughts right about death, it's not sad at all.
The ancient Stoic philosophers practised brief contemplations of death and this had a profound impact on their experience of life.
Join me for 28 days of daily death contemplation and gentle, guided writing inspired by the Stoics.
We start on Thursday, 17 March, on the anniversary of Marcus Aurelius's death. .
It's a free/pay-what-can programme.
Value each moment
The thought of imminent death … transforms our way of acting in a radical way, forcing us to become aware of the infinite value of each instant.
Hadot – What is Ancient Philosophy?
If I had my life to live over again, I would form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. … There is not another practice which so intensifies life.
Muriel Spark – Memento Mori
Death-contemplation is an ancient practice that helps us approach death, and life!, realistically and courageously.
On a day-to-day practical level, contemplating your imminent death can radically alter what you pay attention to, what you choose to do.
It can help you de-clutter your mind, your physical environment, your relationships with people, work, and the environment. This way you can create a life with happy purpose in the present moment.
This death contemplation and writing challenge will guide you through 28 days of gentle, mindful meditation and writing on death.
Along the way, you will experience the liberating and clarifying joy that comes with getting more comfortable with the idea of transcience.
By the end of 28 days, you will be radically transformed.
I'll send a daily email prompt with guided journaling and contemplation ideas.
The types of writing activities, include:
I'll invite you into my dedicated, private Stoic Salon (on Slack, far from the maddening noise of Facebook) for a safe place to share your thoughts, your writing, and just chat about death, and life!
I'll invite you to three live meetings on Zoom where we can all share our thoughts about the texts and talk about the contemplative writing process.
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Conversations about death are important.
It's so important to get our thoughts and stories right about death so that we can live well when death comes to us and to our loved ones but to also live well right now.
There's no time to waste!
28 Days of Joyful Death Writing is a free event.
but if you do find value during the month you can support by sharing with others and on your socials. Or you can write about it on a blog or for the press!
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Thank you 🙏🏼
Fantastic course concept! The journaling methods were very helpful. I’d love to take a dozen courses like this on different Stoic topics! Thank you!
The greatest advantage was to meditate upon death in such great company. Thank you!
I especially enjoyed the democratic and pluralistic nature of the writing tasks asked of us, which catered to have something for all tastes
Just a huge thank you to Kathryn for organizing and for her encouragement. I appreciate the work she put into this. I look forward to the next Stoic Salon writing challenge.
It was hard - out of my comfort zone - but I enjoyed it and I enjoyed surprising myself with what I wrote.
I really enjoyed sitting quietly at my desk every morning and meditating a little with Marcus!
Creative and reflective. I really enjoyed it. As well as exploring death I discovered new ways to interact with a text.
It was very engaging. Some days, I followed the directions provided; others, I wandered off into my own thing. Every day, the challenge cued me to do *something* to engage with the passage.
Getting to know the writings of Aurelius, but also getting to explore the theme of death, in a creative, accepting manner. Also, the social element, getting to know the people involved was very rewarding. Reading their feedback was great
It was amazing
It was amazing