How To Journal Like Marcus Aurelius
will take place on Sunday, 1 November between 4:00 and 8:00 pm UTC.
4 pm Glasgow | 11 am Toronto | 8 am LA | 3 am Melbourne | 6 pm Athens
The event will feature keynote speakers Donald Robertson and John Sellars on Marcus Aurelius's writing technique; a panel on journaling practice, breakout groups, a writing activity, shared reading and examination of a few extracts from Meditations.
You are welcome to register even if you can't make it live.
We'll send out a follow-up and recording, some further journaling prompts, and an invitation to a 28-day journaling challenge in November.
Donald Robertson is the author of "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius," "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness" and other books. He is also a CBT Psychotherapist and trainer. His article on "How Marcus Aurelius wrote The Meditations" is good prep reading for this event.
David Fideler holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology, is a recognized authority on the Pythagorean school, and is currently writing a book for W. W. Norton, which is an introductory guide on the Stoic philosophy of Seneca, that will be published in 2021. As part of this project he is editing a website called Stoic Insights.
I lead the Stoic Salon, which is a Facebook group dedicated to reading and writing with the Stoics. I talked about Stoic journaling at Stoicon-X Athens last year. Here's a link to the video recording of the presentation (register for free to access) and a link to the transcript of the paper.
This 4-hour event will include:
A panel of Stoic scholars will answer the following questions:
Donald Robertson and John Sellars will talk about the unique and intentional writing technique Marcus Aurelius employed in his notes to himself, his Meditations.
David Fideler explores Seneca's letter-writing as a way of making progress each day, in terms of improving one’s character.
We'll set a journaling task.
We'll write quietly for 20 minutes.
We'll break out into groups and share our work, or talk about it. We'll meet as a larger group again to debrief and takeaways.
Opportunity to sign up for an email-based 28-day journaling challenge. Meditations on Meditations in The Stoic Salon in November.
Bring your notebooks or journals to show and share. Bring a notebook to write in. Bring your favourite pen.
Four hours on Zoom needs coffee, tea, water, and snacks.
We'll be taking a short break each hour to refresh.
Writing is a solitary activity but Stoicism is a very social philosophy. Bring your friends. Share. Commit to a practice of ongoing philosophical training.
It has brought my practice more into the forefront of my life. Instead of reading a bit in the morning and the evening I am now finding myself pondering throughout the day.
The activities have helped me take a more studious approach to the Meditations, rather than just reading one book after the other, which is how I tried to study Marcus Aurelius in the past.
Focused my practice on a few fundamentals. And highlighted the importance of finding the right translation of ancient texts.
I’m reflecting more frequently, which has been a long-unaccomplished goal of mine. I am noticing so much richness in short passages which I had thought that I already knew.