Written in Greek by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and Aurelius’s own emotions.
But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation, in developing his beliefs Marcus also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a series of wise and practical aphorisms that have been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and ordinary readers for almost two thousand years.
This is ancient philosophy at it’s best with stoicism, positive psychology and practical wisdom written by Marcus that can be used as a mirror for you to learn from. This book will encourage you to attain knowledge of self through self-reflection so that you can empower yourself towards a wiser perspective of life. It may even prompt you to write down your own daily thoughts, which is a good exercise for self-expression and understanding yourself totally.
Marcus displays tremendous honesty and humility for someone who was in such a prestigious position, and you can feel that this journal was personal to him because of the humanity and emotions of his thoughts that shine through.
I guarantee that if Marcus were alive today he would probably have created a most popular self-help blog – but then again, I’d rather he were busy bringing peace and wisdom to the world as a modern day emperor.
I have read Meditations several times already, and I’m sure I will be dipping into it several times more in the future. You wouldn’t be surprised to hear me say that I have officially adopted this little gem as my bible to carry under my arm wherever life takes me.
Thank you Marcus, for my holy bible!
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