End of Stoic Week – day 7

So this is the end of the pilot study week for ‘Live like a Stoic’.

There is a post questionnaire to fill in to see how we got on and how we liked it. It has certainly helped me to focus my mind, try to get some structure and plan goals. The reflections are a good way to consider the day and relax at night. My blog has been a light hearted if somewhat self indulgent record, but that’s okay – true stoics would not broadcast their contemplations. This study is about raising awareness and encouragement to take responsibility for our emotional and physical life.

Certainly worked for me – for now- watch this blog to see if long term goals are reached.

 

Big Study in the New Year, anyone can join in. Will keep you posted. I thank  you Stoic weel wII weights 001

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Nearly end of Stoic Week – day 6

Day 6

Day 6 for me was sparkling blue skies, frosty morning and diamond studded seas – Spinning at 10.00 -(no wool involved ) HR 171

Playtime with family – mini drama with Asda duck family and Duplo caravan set – the car was overloaded and baby brother duck got left behind – horsey really should have

Health & Safety flouted

Health & Safety flouted

 

day 6 stoics 006trotted behind, not lain on the roof – all health & safety rules flouted – ‘where’s my brother?’ shouted sister duck

meal of the day at 6.30 pm

plan for exercise tomorrow – bike ride Devoran to Redruth caff

bedtime meditations

 

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Stoic Week – day 5

What done amiss?  What done?  What duty left undone?

What would Zeno or Socrates or Cato have done?  What sort of character have you exhibited, from moment to moment?  What sort of animal are you? – asked the Stoics.  A wild beast (lacking philanthropy and natural affection), a herd animal (ruled by idleness and the pursuit of superficial pleasures), or a godlike Sage (full of love and yet free from irrational fear and desire)?

Food for thought – or not

Included a walk, today, exercise every day

Met up with family at Gylly Beach – always feels like an Ozzie surf club there

Just one meal but a dilemma –  ( Friday night is tradionally fish & chips and cider ?

Fab award winning Harbour Lights chippy in Falmouth did me a grilled cod – delish

Only had a gill of cider

Saw 6 piece band ‘Melodius Funk’ at 5 degrees West – I felt full of love and very relaxed – does that count ?

Bedtime meditations

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Stoic week – day 4 Marriage proposal & asbestos

30 Nov 008

Love, swim, landscape

Love, swim, landscape

Love, landscape, swim

Love, landscape, swim

8.00 am meeting with asbestos man at house – expensive removal today

8.30 drove home via beach and found this marriage proposal roped to the barbeque area

Also saw beautiful sunrise earlier & took pics – one balances another – no point stewing over the extra expense of the asbestos

Writing

Walked to beach for latte along tree lined road and contractors mending road/fallen tree on way

In Stoic fashion, reflection last night showed me had no exercise at all previous day so planned to have some today

The Falmouth Beach Hotel pool & Leisure annexe has reopened after the big fire burnt the hotel down in May. £5.00 for ‘all you can swim, jacuzzi, steam, sauna & lounge around. Did the exercise swimming, 30 mins, 36 lengths then did everything 

Meal del dia at 3.40

Writing

Psychotherapy clinic

Evening reflections and meditations

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Stoic week – day 3 Weds

Wi working – 1lb down

9.00 seminar up at t’Uni with Philip Marsden – last of 6 sessions. His book ‘The Levelling Sea’ is amazing – I am besotted with it

Asked for a cheeky pic with him – I did make 24 cupcakes for the session ( still can’t shake that compulsive helping gene)

This is okay though – it comes under ‘Affinity & Philanthropy’ in the ‘natural Affection – Philostorgia) Stoic booklet

My cupcakes were a part of the whole cosmos – intergalactic confectionary

The article for the Live Like a Stoic group appeared on the Guardian online site – exciting, Patrick had no idea this would happen when he first suggested the mini project for the philosophy & classics students – so glad his celebrity status will be a shining role model for the greater good – nice one Patrick

http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/stoic-week-stiff-upper-lip

BREAKTHROUGH – my knee is not hurting – after 3 weeks of hopping a bit and saying ‘oof’ up the stairs it feels better – does losing 1lb make that much difference ? Was it Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Tipping point ‘ ?

No time to exercise today – really want to include some tomorrow. ‘Thinking ahead’ section of booklet

Such a fantastic writer – and the best teacher you could want to learn about writing – smashing chap

Bedtime meditation

Slept until 7.50 – this hasn’t happened for 18 months ……wow, this Stoic stuff is pretty powerful

Lovely  post about doing unselfish acts – the synergy was very timely

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/2012/11/29/day-4-of-living-the-stoic-life/ …

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Stoic week – day 2 on reflection

Tuesday

Done the food thing – one meal at 3.10pm

Batteries went in the Wii

Scary tale

Natural affection thing – Philostorgia

‘ Empathise with everyone. Try to understand their motives and imagine what they are thinking’

Builder – Electrician – Plumber- Me

So do you think you’ll be okay to do this ?

Three lots of thinking – Yes – Ace

Action – take full responsibility for your actions and to question myself where it seems appropriate

‘Was that too much to ask ?’ – nah.

Cultivating the Community of Humankind – went to the Rum Bar in Falmouth for evening of Storytelling and poetry

Suz read from her Victorian scary novel – cold shivers down back – well done Suz

Bedtime reflection – 3 minutes…………. nice one

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Blue Seasalt rolls

Seeing this video of the group publicly posted is my inspiration – I was happy with my voice, but the rolls of extra gilly beneath the blue dress in my interview were a bit of a kick start. I fully accept myself, in true CBT tradition – I would just like less of myself to fully accept

2:47  another kick up the pants

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This week I am joining in a group which is called, ‘Live like a Stoic’ week.

There is a website and blog you can find our more at. When I went to the conference at Exeter Uni about this in October I was asked if I would consider living like a Stoic for a week – I was horrified, I have enough stuff to be getting on with without making life even harder – and not drinking wine ?

I discovered all you have to do is think about life each day – it can be as simple as reflecting for 3 mins at the end of the day.

Yep, could manage that.

It has really taken off – the group got busy writing all sorts of Stoic – Fun- Educational stuff. They really are a bunch of fun philosophers.

So I have decided to ‘Diet like a Stoic’ – based on Musonius Rufus ( and a bit of Horace, who let his students have a glass of wine each day – good lad )

I weighed in on the Wii………… when I was 40 I was 9st 7lbs if I had only put on 3lbs a year since then I would be 3 stone heavier – which I’m not, I am 3st and 6lbs heavier – come on Gill try and lose weight

I started with a walk to the beach at 8.00 today – I will have yoghurt for breakfast and one meal a day between 3 – 7pm – oh yes, and a cappuccino mid morning .

Stoics are asked to live without lunch – and not make a fuss x

http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/stoicismtoday/2012/11/26/day1stoicweek/

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Do anything you wanna do

This is a philosophy post…………………………   by Eddie and the Hot Rods

Eddie & The Hot Rods. Philosophical Rock Band


I’m gonna break out of the city
Leave the people here behind
Searching for adventure
It’s the kind of life to find
Tired of doing day jobs
With no thanks for what I do
I know I must be someone
Now I’m gonna find out who

Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you ?
Why don’t you tell them what you’re gonna do
You get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

I don’t need no politicians to tell me things I shouldn’t be
Neither no opticians to tell me what I oughta see
No-one tells you nothing even when you know they know
They tell you what you should be
They don’t like to see you grow

Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you ?
Why don’t you tell them what you’re gonna do
You get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

I’m gonna break out of the city
Leave the people here behind
Searching for adventure
It’s the kind of life to find
Tired of doing day jobs
With no thanks for what I do
know I must be someone
Now I’m gonna find out who

Why don’t you ask them what they expect from you ?
Why don’t you tell them what you’re gonna do
You get so lonely, maybe it’s better that way
It’ain’t you only, you got something to say
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do
Do anything you wanna do

http://www.eddieand the hot rods.com

By gillgarratt