People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills; and you too are especially inclined to feel this desire. But this is altogether unphilosophical, when it is possible for you to retreat into yourself at any time you want. There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind, especially if he has within himself the kind of thoughts that let him dip into them and so at once gain complete ease of mind;
Morning meditation – walking meditation with my borrowed dog http://www.borrowmy doggy.com She is a great companion, I throw the ball, she runs off, eventually drops it in my path and we start over again
Mindful of the eating plan described by the Stoic Musonius Rufus – oats or lentils for breakfast, and one simple meal between 1500 – 1700 hours
‘Stoics don’t eat lunch and don’t make a fuss about it’
I have been mindful of the Stoic ideas and some of the practices since the first Stoic week three years ago.
This week has helped me focus on eating under control, simple nutritious food and making an effort to include more exercise. I have just started going back to ‘spinning classes’ ( stationary cycling) at the local Fitness centre. Goal – 3 a week.
Evening reflections – How it doesn’t help dwelling on negative thoughts.
The links to Cognitive behavioural Therapy and Stoic ideas – how being part of this group encouraged me to write my third book, just published.
My second book is about the Psychology of the relationship between dogs and people – I have learnt so much