5 Lessons From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations That Have Drastically Improved My Mental Health

How reading an ancient Roman emperor's inner thoughts has helped me to order my own

Katie E. Lawrence
Masterpieces In Progress

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Photo by Simone Pellegrini on Unsplash

I have wanted to study philosophy for as long as I can remember. There’s a certain allure to the ancient thinkers and their timeless thoughts about life. Until recently, I hadn’t dared to dive into a book. I wasn’t sure where to start or if I’d even be able to understand what I was reading.

I felt like the Ethiopian Eunuch in the Bible, who’s reading the story of Isaiah but desperately needed someone to explain it to him.

Enter, the annotated copy of Marcus Aerulius’ Meditations. My grandfather’s love language is books, and at our most recent Barnes and Noble outing he bought me Robin Waterfield’s Annotated Edition of Meditations.

“Remember, if there is one core teaching at the heart of this philosophy, it’s that we’re not as smart and as wise as we’d like to think we are. If we ever do want to become wise, it comes from the questioning and from humility — not, as many would like to think, from certainty…

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Katie E. Lawrence
Masterpieces In Progress

Soon to be B.S. in Human Development & Family Science. I write about life, love, stories, psychology, family, technology, and how to do life better together.