I was recently lucky enough to be sent a copy of “The Daily Stoic Journal” by Profile Books. The book is written by bestselling authors Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.
I must admit to previously knowing very little about Stoicism, but was intrigued by the strap-line “366 days of writing and reflection on the art of living”. I shared a short video on my Instagram stories and received lots of requests to find out more about the book. So, here goes.
The journal starts with a brief history of Stoicism, describing the philosophies and beliefs dating back to Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The book offers 52 Stoic disciplines, one for each week of the year. These include topics such as “The Sphere of Choice”, “A Little Better Every Day”, “Focus on the Present Moment” and “Reduce Wants, Increase Happiness”.
Each week starts with some guidance notes on the topic, for example, Week 4 is “A Little Better Every Day” and provides the following extract:
” The Stoics saw their lives as works in progress. They didn’t believe they were born perfect but they believed that with work, and dedication, they could get a little better every day…Marcus Aurelius avidly pursued his own education and improvement, eagerly looking for advice from books, mentors, and historical examples. Follow that example this week, and see how you get a little better as each day passes…Only what you put up for reflection can be learned from.”
The journal offers some fascinating prompts which you are advised to reflect on each morning and evening. Some of the prompts that stood out to me included, “Which of my possessions own me?”, “What are sources of unsteadiness in my life?”, “How can I rekindle my principles and start living today?” and “Am I in control or is my anxiety?”
Just reading these prompts has already set my mind thinking and I really want to get started. However, as there are prompts for every day of the year I think I will try and hang off until January 1st so that I have a full year of prompts to work through in 2018.
I hope this blog post helps you decide whether this journal could be of interest to you. It was released on 2nd November 2017 and Profile Books are selling this hardback book for GBP £10 (They are also currently offering 10% off this price). From checking their website I can see that they offer international shipping. The hardback book is great quality and I was actually surprised that the book didn’t cost more.
For transparency, I was sent this book free of charge and I don’t earn any commission from sales. Profile Books did not ask for a review, they simply offered to send me a copy as they thought I might enjoy it. I am genuinely looking forward to using this journal next year and would love to hear your thoughts below.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, Helen xx