Nov 2, 2021 • 13M

Stoic Resilience Training: Experience The Death Of Seneca

A Stoic training simulation

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Seneca’s death is legendary because of the way he exhibited his Stoic values right until the end.

Premeditation of adversity is one of the great Stoic techniques that has you mentally fortify yourself against future misfortunes. Arguably the most powerful variation of this is the contemplation of one’s death.

In this guided visualization, I put you in the body of Seneca on his last day so you can experience a simulation of what he experienced.

As you go through this difficult process, pay attention to your emotions and try as best as you can to mimic the thoughts and feelings of this great Stoic.

Find a quiet place and set aside 15 minutes to give this exercise a go. You will find that your levels of anxiety go down by psychologically exposing yourself to stressors and practicing acceptance of them.