Donald Robertson is one of the world’s leading thinkers, writers AND practitioners of Stoic philosophy. He’s also a therapist who integrates Stoicism into his work with individuals.
This is our second Note on one of his great books.
The first Note was on The Philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in which he connects the philosophical underpinnings of CBT (one of the most empirically-validated, effective modern therapies) to ancient Stoicism.
In that book, he also tells us that most modern-day academic “philosophers” act more like “librarians of the mind” (cataloging the *theory*) rather than “warriors of the mind” (actually putting the philosophy into PRACTICE.) ← I just love that distinction.
In this book, we get an amazing look into the life and mind (and soul!) of one of history’s greatest philosophers who also just so happened to be one of its greatest leaders: Marcus Aurelius.
The book is part biography and part philosophy. It’s all awesome.
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and, as always, I’m excited to share a few of my favorites we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in.