Close your eyes and let the world in

The Art of Stoic Meditation

Steven Gambardella
The Sophist
Published in
7 min readMar 11, 2024


A Rendering of a Möbius Strip with a square cross-section. (Credit: W.A.Stanggaßinger. CC BY-SA 4.0 Deed)

1. Desire

Desires are like water, they take the shape of their surroundings. We’re thrown into the world at birth and the world that we come to know shapes what we want and how we want it.

Fashions and customs change, and therefore the things we desire. What would be unthinkable or an abomination…