As part of my continuing studies, research and development for my personal growth as well as ADJUST, I am participating in Stoic Week 2018.
I sometimes use mind maps as a contemplative practice. I expanded on what resulted by looking up "control," "comfort," "safety" and other words that came to the surface.
At first I ended up diving into Buddhism (philosophy and story of Siddharta Gautama--the original Buddha from India who is depicted with coils on his head); and during my research I also delved into Logotherapy, CBT, Positive Psychology and... Stoicism?!
Yep, that's right: Stoicism, not "stoicism" (with a small "s"), I'm learning there's a pretty big difference) really resonates with a lot of my personal philosophies and marries well with other research in wisdom traditions and psychology that are reflected in the ADJUST.ed program.
During a doctor's visit way back, I shared an update on my professional focus re: ADJUST. In reply, Doc says, "Have you heard of Tim Ferriss?" At the time, I had not yet. She recommended that I might want to give his podcast a listen because he had some really interesting guests that focused on some similar themes that I had brought up during our conversation.
I added Tim to my podcast queue along with Cathy Heller's Don't Keep Your Day Job, The Good Life, Wayne Dyer and a few others I can't remember off the top of my head. I gave him a listen and I was hooked! He even interviewed someone else I had been looking into: Cat Hoke from Defy Ventures! (more on that another time.)
I eventually found Ferriss's TEDtalk on fear-setting and I got curious about Stoicism when I saw the overlap between some mind maps from months prior and recurring obstacles I was observing in group discussions.
Did you have the same confusion between Stoicism and stoicism that I originally did?!
Stoic Week challenges the self-selected participants around the globe to live like a Stoic for a week, by providing daily text, meditations, and other tools to request insight on their experiences, to further studies about the impact of adopting and integrating Modern Stoicism in daily life.
While it has been a busy week and I have not been able to do everything, it is fascinating and resonates very much so with much of what ADJUST.ed's techniques, concepts and strategies. The concept that stands out the most as an overlap is our ability to choose and apply our knowledge that affects our experience.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this growth opportunity supports ADJUST and our mission to help you live your happily EVEN after!