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Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience – start your day with a Stoic EDC Reminder Coin

Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience – start your day with a Stoic EDC Reminder Coin

Carry a Stoic reminder coin in your pocket to help you live with presence, prompt you to live by the standards you set for yourself and to help you see things more objectively throughout the day.

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.

    EDC challenge coins as physical reminders

The Stoic EDC Coins in our collection represent the daily physical reminders of the key teachings of Stoicism like the 4 cardinal virtues that are regarded as the basic virtues of a virtuous life or Amor Fati – seen as the practice of accepting and embracing everything that has happened, is happening, and is yet to happen.

Daily life can be busy, and it can be worrying, and exciting, anxious and a whole host of other things that distract us from focusing on ourselves and the present moment. What you need is a Stoic reminder, because moments of greater perspective aren’t always a priority.
With our Stoic quote coins, you’re guaranteed to start shifting your mindset towards Stoicism without even trying through the course of your normal day.
Collect the Stoic Coin and make it your stoic physical talisman to help you practice stoicism. To hold onto and have strength and courage and guidance.
The stoics have left us with a handful of simple, effective ideas for living more fulfilled lives.

This too, shall pass.

Nothing is permanent, apart from this present moment. Living in accordance with virtue is all you need to do. That is the only good — the practice of right judgement, right action, and right intentions.
Understand what is inside and outside your control.

If something is outside your control, it is nothing to you. You cannot influence the outcome, and having anxiety, fearing it, or otherwise reacting has no bearing on reality. You are needlessly suffering twice over.

If something is inside your control, act with virtue and good intention — wisdom, courage, morality, and temperance. Do not be afraid but deal with what is in front of you. Remember that outcomes happen according to fate.

Impressions are not reality

Remember, it is not circumstances or outcomes themselves that upset us, but our judgements about them. If you are not feeling at peace, it is simply a case of changing your judgement about what is in your mind.

You must learn to reason well. You have the power within you to remove any disturbance from your mind. You have the power within you to be at peace. If you want anything good, get it from within yourself.

Amor Fati — Love Fate

You are who you are because of everything that has brought you here. Fate has fashioned you into the person you are, and Nature intends that you are right here, right now. You have everything within you that you need to face this moment, and it can be no other way.

Have gratitude for everything that has happened, for it has taught you who you are.

One day, you too will die.

Let this determine what you do and say and think.

Build resilience by remembering that all are mortal, and that all things change.
The only constant is the present moment and your inner virtue.

Be Grateful

Gratitude is a virtue that enjoys high standing among the Stoics generally. Seneca, in On Benefits, said, “He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first instalment on his debt.” The first book of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a poignant and grateful accounting of his indebtedness to family, friends, teachers, and others. Cicero called gratitude the greatest of the virtues, and “the mother of all the others” (Pro Plancio).

If you are a stoic or aiming at becoming one, bringing gratitude to the fore in your life will likely require a conscious effort. If you frequently pray, meditate, or practice some form of reflection focused on self-improvement, an easy step might be to add a minute or a few to explicitly acknowledge those things, and events from your day for which you are particularly thankful. With the Gratitude Coin from the EDC Reminder Coins collection, it’s not difficult, and once you get started, the number of good things happening in your life, even within the space of a single unremarkable day, may surprise you; they will certainly encourage you.

Carpe Diem — Today is the day. The Latin phrase that is translated as seize the day, meaning make the most of each moment of your life, live life to the fullest. The entire phrase is “carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”, which means “pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future”. Horace championed Epicureanism, a philosophy taught by Epicurious around 307 BC which expounded the idea that pleasure is the most important thing in life and is attained through simple living. Th phrase is as an exhortation to grab opportunities and live life to the fullest, without any reference to the future.

Today is the day. Even if you do get another day to live tomorrow, you only get ONE SHOT to live today.
Vincit Qui Se Vincit - He conquers who conquers himself means speaks of the importance of first getting yourself under control, mastering your urges and temptations, before trying to control the outside world. The coin serve as a reminder that if you have successfully trained yourself to reject a fearful nature and instead go forward with goodwill and courage, then that is one major battle already won and you are much more likely to succeed in the next external conflict you face. Choose to see adversity as an opportunity to overcome!

Take action! Stoicism is the philosophy of action, so act! Spend as much or more time DOING than reading.

Remember that we choose whether the day will be a good or a bad one. We choose whether everything is good or bad. As Seneca said, “a good person dyes events with his own color,

and turns whatever happens to his own benefit.”

Perfect to gift yourself or your loved ones.

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