4 1/2 stars
This was recommended by someone on Tim Ferriss’ podcast I was listening to while driving in Austin. I had just met Ryan Holiday and I think he said it was good also.
Stoics separated themselves form Cynics because they favored a lifestyle that, while simple, allowed for creature comforts. They enjoyed whatever good things happened to be available but were prepared to give up those things at any time. Negative Visualization: People always want more and take for granted what they have- called hedonic adaptation. Negative Visualization is the practice of visualizing that you lost things that you value. Avoid getting on the satisfaction treadmill- detect an unfulfilled desire and work hard to attain it, then you adapt to its presence in your life and as a result stop desiring it, or don’t find it as desirable as before, so you’re unsatisfied again.
Contemplate Imperminance:There WILL BE (or already has been) a last time in my life where I will drive a car, watch the moon, smell popcorn, kiss a lover, see snowfall, etc etc. Don’t sleepwalk through life. Practice discomfort on purpose. Harden yourself against misfortune, like a vaccine. Also helps to appreciate comfort we do have. Epictetus: “You will be harmed at just that time at which you take yourself to be harmed."