Marcus Aurelius

Meditations

Series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius

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Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.

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Marcus Aurelius (26 April 121 – 17 March 180 AD), called the Philosopher, was Roman emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last of the rulers traditionally known as the Five Good Emperors.


Meditations Summary

Everything that happens has a reason.

 Whatever that occurs in our lives has a purpose. Whether it is positive such as happy days, fulfilled life, or negative such as terror, epidemics, and death, there are reasons why they occur. Many, at times, people think that bad things that happen in their lives do not make sense. For instance, losing a loved one will make the family members resentful towards the world, sob, and suffer. 

We should learn to celebrate the good things that we have and counter fearlessly bad experiences. Let the bad experiences be life lessons that we can learn from them and soldiers ahead with your head up, focusing on the ultimate goal in your life.

Life is precious and short-lived

 We should learn to enjoy each moment life gives us. Instead of concentrating on things that never matter, we should be happy that we are alive and breathing. We should not be complaining to everyone how unbearable and challenging life has become. For example, complaining about the long queue at the grocery shop and on the mistakes committed by the staff member. Live life as it comes and enjoys every bit because you never know when your time has come for crossing over the other world.

Life is unpredictable. You may be alive this moment, but the next moment not aware of what might happen. For instance, you might be involved in a fatal accident that would claim your life, or you may go to bed and never wake the following day. We should be grateful for the time we have and utilize it in doing valuable things.

Whatever makes us suffer comes within ourselves

We only suffer from the pain within ourselves. Marcus experienced emotional and torture in his private and work-life such as the death of his eight kids and wife. Besides, there were several attempts on his life. However, he took it calmly aware that whatever happened, he had no control over it. He did not allow the pain and suffering to consume him; he took it courageously and moved on. Life presents us with diverse choices to make. He should make the best choices that would not harm us in any way. Choose to acknowledge whatever that happens in life and keep going. Many times, we tend to waste a lot of time thinking about the difficult past experiences we have gone through instead of letting go and living our lives as if nothing ever happened. 

Everything happens for a reason and would not spend time questioning and thinking about would not have happened. Life is full of uncertainty, and expecting anything will help us to move on smoothly. Complains never change our situations; instead, we should look for solutions to the problems. Life is precious, enjoy it, live it, and be satisfied with whatever you have to save yourself from the psychological torture. Whatever that is out of control should never be the source of our sorrows.

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“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” 

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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