“Next, we must follow the old adage and avoid three things with special care: hatred, jealousy, and scorn.”Seneca. Letters from a Stoic. Letter 14: On the Reasons for Withdrawing from the World
Stoicism does not mean suppressing or avoiding emotions. It is about receiving them and properly digesting them, avoiding self-destructive behaviors and tendencies that arise from them. Hatred, Jealousy, and scorn are some of the most powerful emotions and they tend to have a lingering effect. Learn to receive these emotions, which are natural, and then disband them. Center yourself and remind yourself that your life is your life and the goal of your life is to be the best version of you that you can be. These emotions are noise to the sound of living in accord with Nature.
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