Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Daily Stoic : The Seven Clear Functions of the Mind - Prioactive

 Today's meditation is about the 7 clear functions of the mind. To date, I have focuses a lot on what NOT to worry about. This describes what TO try to do.  These are proactive thoughts and actions that help us live and more fulfilling life.

The proper work of the mind is the exercise of choice, refusal, yearning, repulsion, preparation, purpose and assent. What then can pollute and clog the mind's proper functions? Nothing but its own corrupt decisions.

Epictetus

Per "The Daily Stoic" they break down like this:

Choice - to do and think right

Refusal - of temptation

Yearning - to be better

Repulsion - of negativity, of bad influences, of what isn't true, of Jan 6th (okay, that last one is mine)

Preparation - for what lies ahead or whatever may happen

Purpose - our guiding principle and highest priority

Assent - to be free of deception about what's inside and outside of our control - and to be ready to accept the latter.



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