The Meditations: An Emperor's Guide to Mastery
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 10: 1548281301
ISBN 13: 978-1548281304
How to think clearly, act purposefully, overcome obstacles, and find peace & happiness along the way.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) was one of the few true philosopher-kings in history.
His father died when Marcus was three. At age fifteen, he was adopted by his aunt's husband, the future Emperor Antoninus Pius, putting him in the line of succession. At forty, he became a reluctant emperor of the Roman Empire.
Marcus was conflicted because the demands of being emperor--on top of the temptations of wealth and power--seemed incompatible with his true ambition: to be a humble student of philosophy.
Over time, though, he worked out a practical philosophy that kept him grounded amidst the stresses and excesses of palace life. That's why his philosophy is so relevant to us today, in the modern world.
How did he fare as emperor? During his twenty years of service, Marcus earned the love of the people and the loyalty of the senate. Later historians called him "the last of the five good emperors."
In spare moments, Marcus wrote the journal entries collected in The Meditations. They were not intended for publication, but to remind Marcus himself of his principles and priorities. As a result, they are intimate, direct, and extremely useful.
This new edition of The Meditations is an interpretive paraphrase in contemporary English, with a foreword, by bestselling author Sam Torode. A companion volume, The Manual: A Philosopher's Guide to Life, is also available from Ancient Renewal.
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From the Back Cover
An excerpt from The Meditations
If you are upset by something outside you, it is not the thing itself that upsets you, but your opinion of it. And it is in your power to wipe away that opinion immediately.
If your own thoughts are causing you pain, who is keeping you from changing them?
Is there an obstacle blocking your way? Make it part of your plan and turn it to your advantage.
What if it kills you? Then you'll leave this world contentedly, as someone who pursued a worthy goal to the end--not as a coward who gave up and stopped trying.
About the Author
Sam Torode creates books that entertain, inform, and inspire. He is author of the bestselling humorous novel The Dirty Parts of the Bible and paraphraser of several philosophical classics including As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, The Manual by Epictetus, and The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.