Saturday, April 5, 2014

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

One of the greatest texts about happiness and living well wasn't written by a self-help expert, spiritual leader or psychologist. It was written by Marcus Aurelius, and it may completely change your perspective on dealing with life's challenges.
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius' most enduring legacy is not his external power, but his deeply held conviction that each one of us is endowed with the inner power to control our minds and responses to external events. In his extensive compilation of writings, collectively titled The Meditations, Aurelius describes how to develop a mindset that can deal well with any experiences or emotions that arise. Among these teachings are that
your own happiness is up to you.
There is good in everyone, and
life should be treated as an old, faithful friend.
In the words of Aurelius, "Everything contains some special purpose and a hidden blessing; what then could be strange or arduous when all of life is here to greet you like an old and faithful friend?"
Meditations is based around a single, simple precept: “You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”