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  Let me tell you about the middle path.

Dressing in rough and dirty garments, letting your hair grow matted,
abstaining from eating any meat or fish, does not clean the one who is deluded.
Mortifying the flesh through excessive... continue...

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vertical line Posted on Aug.05.2008 @ 07:01AM EDT by glorymind
Selected bits from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism

Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the structure of the web.

Stoic ethics taught freedom from passion by following reason.

Likewise, if they are unhappy, it is because they have forgotten how nature actually functions. The solution to evil and unhappiness then, is the practice of Stoic philosophy — to examine one's own judgments and behaviour and determine where they have diverged from the universal reason of nature.

Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of these things have come upon them through ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together...

Thus, before the rise of Christianity, Stoics advocated the brotherhood of humanity and the natural equality of all human beings.

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The experience of one making an affirmation whilst anxious.

With respect.

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vertical line "I am the voice whose sound is manifold
And the word whose appearance is multiple
I am the utterance of my name."
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vertical line Fear and sadness... oh yeah, I know them by feel. Almost like the weather.
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