“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu
This year, one of the goals I set to myself was to write at least 10 blog posts on my personal blog. This post Isn’t what I had in mind when thinking of my first post but it seems right to share it with you.
A little Backstory
As I was sitting in a small coffee shop on upper east side Manhattan, a day after the second-biggest snowstorm to ever hit New York, I felt that it was the perfect time to open my podcast app and listen to Tim Ferriss’s latest “The Tao of Seneca“.
Just to give some context, Tim Ferriss is one of those people who “hacked life” in every way humanly possible; financially/physically/emotionally and what not. Tim serves as a mentor and inspirational figure for many around the world, including yours truly. So when he mentioned the name Seneca over and over again in his “4 Hours Work Week” book, podcasts, blog posts and whatnot, I had to understand what’s it all about. So when this catchy podcast title caught my eye, I had to find a time to listen to it.
To make it short – Tim and another Stoic fan John A. Robinson, took some of Seneca’s most notable letters and turned them to an audible version (which can be found here). This specific podcast is a taste of Seneca’s “Letter 13 – On Groundless Fears”.
In this letter, Seneca writes to his friend Lucilius, about the struggles we face in life and how most of our fears and anxieties are coming from imagination and most of the time have no grip to reality.
This goes on for about 15 minutes of Seneca trying to rationalize beautifully to Lucilius the state of mind people are in when experiencing anxiety and how they should deal with it.
At The End – It All Comes Down To One Truth
As a person who have experienced similar feelings to those Lucilius felt, I have researched and read anything from Jewish Dvar Torah, to hindu philosophy, to new age thinking and more, all in effort to deconstruct the key of living a more fulfilling and anxiety free life.
What I found was all those methods shared a common basic truth.
*This is a short video I recorded on snapchat just after I heard The Tao of Seneca (Snapchat – lior_vaknin)
Now is all you have!
99.9% of our fears, anxieties and worries are not coming from the reality we see in front of our eyes (literally), but out of a non-controlled mind that wander to the darkest place imagination can take us, and present it as an absolute fact.
As for the way to deal with it, each philosophy has its own way.
The 2 Methods I Like To Use The Most:
1. Dale Carnegie Method –
A. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can’t solve my problem?”
B. Prepare yourself mentally to accept the worst – if necessary.
C. Then calmly try to improve upon the worst – which you have already mentally agreed to accept.”
2. Eckhart Tolle Method –
“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
Leave a comment and let me know what methods you use to improve your quality of life.