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Building PowerI have been practicing Stoicism for 3 years now and the quality of my life has increased dramatically because of these 3 exercises. One from each of the greats: Epictetus, Seneca, And Marcus Aurelius. Try them and tell me what you think in two weeks. (self.TheRedPill)

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Practical Stoicism Tools

Stoicism philosophy is on the rise. I have been practising it for a couple of years now and would like to share 3 of the most effective and practical mental exercise/meditations that I have used.

Method One: A view from above

'You can rid yourself of many useless things among those that disturb you, for they lie entirely in your imagination; and you will then gain for yourself ample space by comprehending the whole universe in your mind, and by contemplating the eternity of time, and observing the rapid change of every part of everything, how short is the time from birth to dissolution, and the illimitable time before birth as well as the equally boundless time after dissolution'

– Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius advises us to perform an exercise called 'view from above'. This exercise involves us envisioning ourselves from the third person. In this vision, we zoom out while keeping ourselves in the centre. We continue zooming out and contemplating the scale of the universe. For instance, your first zoom might encompass a view of you from above the roof of your house. Increase the magnitude and you might see a view of your street, increase the magnitude and you might see a view of your country. Keep going until you can picture a view of Earth from the stars.

With this scale, we can gain a better perspective on the insignificance of our problems. When compared to the universe whatever problems we might appear incredibly trivial. For instance, if you were feeling down because a girl flaked on you or someone insulted you, try this exercise. It is far easier to overcome the emotional hurdles we experience when we put things into perspective.

Method Two: Negative visualization

'Remember that all we have is “on loan” from Fortune, which can reclaim it without our permission—indeed, without even advance notice. Thus, we should love all our dear ones, but always with the thought that we have no promise that we may keep them forever—nay, no promise even that we may keep them for long.'

- Seneca

Negative visualization despite the name is an exercise that will increase your default level of happiness if practised consistently.The exercise consists of you envisioning what it would feel like if you lost certain things from your life. Some of the things that you could consider during the exercise are:

• How it would feel to not have a roof over your head.

• How it would feel to lose social status.

• How it would feel to live in a third world country.

• How it would feel to have a physical disability.

• How it would feel to lose a loved one.

This exercise is not meant to be dark or morbid, it’s meant to put things into perspective. Allowing you to see how lucky you truly are. It also prepares you for the worst case scenarios in which one of these things does happen. You are not meant to fixate on these thoughts, but consider them from time to time.

This is a very practical way for you to practice gratitude, naturally, when you consider things being removed from your life, you start to gain a sense of gratitude. Now gratitude is important because of a thing called ‘hedonic adaptation’, basically, it’s a term that defines the tendency for humans to always go back to their default level of happiness.

If you won the lotto and became a millionaire, your base level of happiness will increase for a while. However, when you become accustomed to the lifestyle, despite all the new toys, you will return to your base level. Gratitude breaks this pattern, allowing you to enjoy each step on the ladder. You can be grateful when you own a box, and you can be grateful when you own a Lamborghini Avendator.

Method Three: Voluntary Discomfort

'But neither a bull nor a noble-spirited man comes to be what he is all at once; he must undertake hard winter training, and prepare himself, and not propel himself rashly into what is not appropriate to him'

- Epictetus

The last exercise has been advised to us by Epictetus. It is called 'voluntary discomfort'. In this exercise, we are going to deliberately put ourselves through uncomfortable situations. We will do this in order to train ourselves to not hold onto comfort with such high regard. We can perform voluntary discomfort in a number of ways. Some suggestions are:

• Cold Showers

• NoFap

• Exercising in the morning

• Walking in the cold without a jumper

• Fasting for a day

• Sleeping on the floor

All these things will change your relationship with comfort. Once you overcome the need for comfort, life will become much easier. Setting your goals and sticking to them will be far easier. When most people complain about being ‘uncomfortable’, you won’t be able to relate. You are literally training yourself to be like a Navy Seal. This method will harden you up for life.

Eventually shit will hit the fan at some stage during your life. You want to have to mental and physical fortitude to weather the storm.

So those are the three stoic exercises. Stoicism is a practical philosophy that has survived the test of time due to its universal applications. If you practice these stoic meditations, you will be well on your way to the good life.

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[–]Imperial_Ova 662 points663 points  (18 children)

Absolutely needed to combat the insane amount of shitposts we've had recently.

Thanks. Your three suggestions are splendid. Sidebar material.

[–]WolfofAnarchy 146 points147 points  (14 children)

Absolutely needed to combat the insane amount of shitposts

"I'M CONSIDERING MGTOW CUZ I'M NOT A 9+. IF I DON'T GET PUSS WHAT IS LIFE"

Fucking hell, this post hit me and my morning coffee like the first cold breeze in August.

Amazing post, OP.

[–]VegasSaint9 23 points24 points  (9 children)

Man I wonder what a cold breeze in August feels like

[–]isaiahexe 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Like a slightly less warm than usual burst of air during the month after July.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

It feels like the world is going to be cold as fuck for the next 6-9 months up in the midwest! Fuck I hate winter!

[–]dissentforall 4 points5 points  (1 child)

you could come to Canada and feel the cold winds blow off the ocean all year long lol

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Friends don't let friends go to Canada bud!

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    [–]WolfofAnarchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The first one feels exceptional

    [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    For real. We don't get a first cold breeze until November if then.

    [–]ioncehadsexinapool 13 points14 points  (3 children)

    I MGTOW simple because I'm an artist that works 40+ hours a week and what free time I have left after chores and grocery shot and working out is spent doing art stuff

    [–]afkb39sdfb 12 points13 points  (2 children)

    People seem to have found the "disagree" button. If you enjoy and are happy with your life, do your thing.

    [–]ioncehadsexinapool 17 points18 points  (1 child)

    These guys feel threatened because I'm not totally occupied with getting laid. Poor dudes

    [–]SoulRedemption 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Nope. Not even close. You are being told to do your thing.

    [–]wendysNO1wcheese 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Absolutely. Fantastic. Not too long, to the point, practical. This is the recipe for a good post.

    [–]SocialJusticeWhiner 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Our mod team is very good at deleting garbage content but the users have to report it because there's just too much content for them to sift through.

    [–]WolfofAnarchy 204 points205 points  (38 children)

    Quick tip: NoFap + rising at 6AM + going for a run on an empty stomach + intermittent fasting + cold showers is peak voluntary discomfort. Builds character like a cheat code.

    [–]SPREAD_THE_LOVE_7791 73 points74 points  (17 children)

    I sometimes wonder if I'm getting trolled into a miserable life lol. Care to elaborate on the effects on your character? How long have you been doing this and what have you noticed?

    [–]WolfofAnarchy 71 points72 points  (13 children)

    Been doing this for a bunch of months. Except for making you insanely grateful for the things in life, it made me realize how many awesome things and opportunities we allow to slide by simply because they would make us uncomfortable. As I'm typing I'm preparing to leave to Kyoto for 7 months to live and work. I don't speak Japanese nor have I ever lived on my own for more than 1 months. I took this opportunity, because I can. Not because I'm sure it'll be comfortable.

    [–]SPREAD_THE_LOVE_7791 21 points22 points  (9 children)

    Does constant physical discomfort translate into an increased ability for social discomfort?

    [–]1empatheticapathetic 81 points82 points  (6 children)

    It helps you stop being such a bitch about every little thing and have a more IDGAF frame.

    [–]SPREAD_THE_LOVE_7791 14 points15 points  (5 children)

    These are some of the best reminders lol.

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      [–]WolfofAnarchy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

      Jesus, how the hell did you get into some of these situations... I mean, that trailer is crazy.

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        [–]WolfofAnarchy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        Sounds.... Nice? Haha crazy stuff dude. I do fully agree with the gratitude thing, seeing what other ways you could've had it (but having it much better) is a powerful thing.

        [–]MC_Boom_Finger 18 points19 points  (1 child)

        Contrary to what pop culture would have you believe, throughout all know history slaves not meant to be worked to death in a short period were always granted a modicum of comfort. Think about why across all cultures and times men who owned other men thought to give those enslaved some bit of respite and comfort.

        A man who doesn't fear loss is a man who is impossible to control past the point he allows. If though he believes he needs something and you control it, then by extension you control him.

        [–]Future_Alpha[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        'Men miss opportunities because they are dressed in overalls and look like work' - Mark Twain

        [–]vsvp815 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        Some of these show you how easy it is to form good habits and how detrimental bad habits can be. Puts a lot of things into perspective. If you put yourself through a decently cold shower every morning, I can guarantee other things will seem more bearable at the least. And then a cold shower is energizing and better for your skin too.

        [–]cashmoney_x 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        I sometimes wonder if I'm getting trolled into a miserable life lol

        HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

        [–]voatgoats 10 points11 points  (0 children)

        I have been doing these 3 things for years and i just had a major life shitstorm and recovered in a couple of months. a friend who was in a si.ilar situation took over a year to recover

        [–]beglez 19 points20 points  (3 children)

        I am 26 and have been on a similar routine for the past months. Switched my gym time to 5.30 am and never looked back. Wake up at 5.00, go to gym to work out fasted, come back home for cold shower and big ass breakfast. Then meditate and go to work. On days off gym I still wake up at 5 am and go for a 30min jog + stretching. Then I fast until noon at work. This combined with not checking my phone during work day gives me crazy amount of energy and lazer focus to crush any task in my way. I got so used to it that I craved this regime even during my vacation.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        Awesome dude. How late do you go to bed and how many hours of sleep do you get on avg?

        [–]beglez 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        Ideally at 21:30-22:00. I don't know how much I sleep on average because I have problems falling asleep. Even when I am exhausted I often can't fall asleep for 1 hr. Maybe I get 6-7 hrs. of sleep.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Gotcha. Same here.

        Best of luck to you!

        [–]afkb39sdfb 12 points13 points  (1 child)

        So pretty much a typical day in the Army.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 20 points21 points  (0 children)

        I've seen the betas of the betas come back from the Army, hardened, disciplined and just different.

        [–]1empatheticapathetic 9 points10 points  (5 children)

        I'm going to start doing this. I do most already and sleep on the floor without effort but my mind is a fucking tortured mess. I need more discomfort.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 18 points19 points  (3 children)

        Address the 'mess' too. Meditate. Mindfulness.

        [–]1empatheticapathetic 7 points8 points  (2 children)

        I used to meditate well but having a hard time with it at the moment.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 24 points25 points  (0 children)

        If you're going through hell, keep going!

        [–]rathyAro 8 points9 points  (0 children)

        Having a hard time means you're doing work. It's like not lifting because picking up the weights is hard. That strain is what makes you grow.

        [–]A_Bridgeburner 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Jesus really? I gotta try this sleeping on the floor business y'all are talking about

        [–]pevans12 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Building blocks to making a man.

        [–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        You just described my experience in the Army.

        [–]Nonstopas 6 points7 points  (2 children)

        Sounds like some navy seal training. Sadly cant wake up early because of my shift patterns, otherwise id do what you mentioned in no time

        [–]rowlanry 9 points10 points  (0 children)

        Bruh this is like an easy day for most of the military. I read that and laughed cause I dont think im crazy tough but I'm currently doing that shit almost everyday. This is like baseline discomfort. It aint even hard after the first week i promise.

        [–]Dystaxia 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Either way, if you wake up at any consistent time like clockwork and subject yourself to a stimulating yet uncomfortable routine, you'll still be building that grit.

        [–]spez666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        You are defining me in short but I enjoy doing it.

        [–][deleted] 192 points193 points  (13 children)

        Enjoyed this, always appreciate something more deep than the "I-fucked-a-girl-now-rate-how-I-did" FR's and "I-didn't-read-the-sidebar" posts.

        I can personally attest that when approaching a woman the 'view from above' method works wonders for avoiding the overthinking that usually comes with approach anxiety.

        [–]mpga479m 11 points12 points  (12 children)

        do you have any examples in detail how to use 'view from above' to get rid of approach anxiety?

        [–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (8 children)

        It's a pretty quick exercise really. Important to note that it doesn't take out the anxiety entirely. But it helps me move past it to action which is the hardest thing to do when you're shitting yourself before you make a move. What stops most guys is the panic that causes inaction.

        I get nervous, the heart starts going and I get sweaty palms. So I just, in my mind, visualize myself in 3rd person from above, then back out to myself inside the building, then the block, then the city, then the town, zooming out like you're flying above yourself looking down. Continent, earth, solar system etc. The purpose of this is to put into a picture how fucking insignificant you are, and that your actions are largely irrelevant in the bigger universe. So if we're just a fart in the wind, what point is there in NOT approaching this woman I'm attracted to? Even if it goes terrible, I'll still be here stinking the place up and nothing will really change.

        So I then approach, do my thing and if I bomb I bomb. Regardless, the sun still rises and sets and I'm still here. Sometimes, one bitch richer. Mostly though, one more thing to laugh at myself about later.

        [–]JimGusa 18 points19 points  (0 children)

        Regardless the sun still rises and sets and I'm still here

        Reminds me of one of my favorite grateful dead lyrics. It's from the song Black Peter which is about a man laying bed dying. At one point he says, "See here how everything Lead up to this day And it's just like Any other day That's ever been Sun goin up And then the  Sun it goin down."

        The point I think it makes is that we think of our death as a big dramatic event, when in reality that day will be just like any other day and when we die the sun still going up and then it goin down. When you realize that even our deaths are that insignificant, saying hi to that cute girl at Starbucks is a piece of cake.

        [–]afkb39sdfb 10 points11 points  (2 children)

        I find picturing them on the toilet taking a gross farty dump works too. Brings them back down to the level of just another person in your mind.

        [–]mnemos_1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        Good luck suppressing a giggle while chatting to them though - though I guess the permanent smile would help the approach.

        [–]CosmycDust 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Works on everybody, not just girls, I can confirm

        [–]xeneize93 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        Wow that does fucking work

        [–]dissentforall 1 point2 points  (2 children)

        Just have to be careful to avoid existential spirals if you're prone to high ordered thinking and depression.

        Still a fantastic method to give insight into the futility of anciexty

        [–]Darpenex 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        Hi, I'm late as fuck to this, I hope you can still lend a hand.

        careful to avoid existential spirals if you're prone to high ordered thinking

        Got a solution to this? I like the idea of thinking that you're insignificant to make decisions above easier, but do you happen to have an example that's a little more suited to me having the above issue?

        Cheers

        [–]Abackwardsninja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

        Im not the commenter guy but speaking from experiencing shitty existential dread myself, I'm assuming he's just saying that if you do have a tendency to feel hopeless or are prone to depressing thoughts, the "view from above" approach might trigger some shit. Imo it's healthier to accept the fragility of life in a more humbling perspective rather than from a disabling one. Common discipline routines (cold showers n waking up early), as annoying as they are, really do help with this shit a lot. Life doesn't always have to be so serious really, if you don't let it. Anyways, g'night god bless ya

        [–]4juice 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        I envisioned it with Google Earth and mix it up with the photo of Pale Blue Dot In between that you can just imagine stuff you see on space videos from YouTube.

        [–]Peter_B_Long 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        After you do the 'view from above' exercise, add in a 'level of boldness' method. Basically, if you are going to approach a girl, ask yourself, will you ever see her again? If you are sure you won't see her again, then ask her out boldly. Tell her, "I don't usually go out with girls with brown hair, but I'll make an exception for you". If you get rejected or shit gets awkward, so what? you're never going to see her again. I approached this mentality Saturday night at a concert. I was heading out and going to say goodbye to everyone I met. There was a HB7 and a HB8. I asked out the HB8 for a beer next week and she said yes and gave me her number. HB7 was with a beta bux friend. He left to grab a beer, and I went up to her and asked her out too for next week, she said yes. And the point is that I wouldn't of given a fuck if they had said no or harshly rejected me. Because I will never see them again so it doesn't matter how they feel about me at the end of the day right?

        But if you are planning on asking someone out who you will see before (gym, dance class, church, etc.) then you want to lower your boldness and always consider, don't shit where you eat.

        [–]WolfofAnarchy 129 points130 points  (0 children)

        Good post. Actually, I just reread it. Great post. Finally a good post on something spiritual/psychological which ain't about girls and with actionable advice.

        Gratitude for being alive during the greatest and safest era of Man is something everyone should have. It would cut depression in half. Taking life and it's beauties for granted is a massive waste.

        [–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (17 children)

        I can say from personal experience that voluntary discomfort works wonders. Really toughens you up and fosters an iron will. NoFap has been a struggle for me starting at the beginning of this year on and off but for some reason this most recent streak of two weeks has been machine-like and focused. Don't realistically see myself relapsing before the 90 day standard. It may largely be because of my discomfort training these past few months.

        Exercising in the morning gets the blood pumping to the brain and I find myself far less groggy throughout the day. Cold showers also do this and is good for muscle recovery, as I lift heavy 4 times a week too.

        And finally, sleeping on the floor on a thin pallet and quilt to cover (no pillow for me most of the time) has really improved my posture, and quality of sleep really isn't negatively impacted. If anything it slightly improves (probably due to better circulation and breathing) and it is much easier to get up in the morning.

        Stoicism and voluntary discomfort to me doesn't really equate to being boring or too serious, I think a lot of people have that misconception. The main benefits I've noticed of following a Stoic-like lifestyle are essentially a renewed iron will; more logical and critical thinking; increased tolerance for pain; gratitude; keeping emotions in check at inappropriate times; among other things.

        [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (11 children)

        And finally, sleeping on the floor on a thin pallet and quilt to cover (no pillow for me most of the time) has really improved my posture, and quality of sleep really isn't negatively impacted. If anything it slightly improves (probably due to better circulation and breathing) and it is much easier to get up in the morning.

        I'm interested in this. Do you side sleep? Back sleeping can't be done in my world. I can't seem to find any info on the net that addresses this topic.

        [–]Marcus1138 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Personally, I've slept without pillows, and it's only possible if you sleep on your back. If you're on your side your head will be at such a weird angle you'll end up with major tension and pain. Unless you're able to sleep with your hands acting as a pillow to support your head.

        If you can't sleep on your back, don't worry about it. Better to sleep with a pillow than to fuck yourself up.

        [–]electricspresident 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        I got the same problem, can't back sleep. Side sleep on the floor is tricky cause sleeping on the shoulder and side arm can Hutt if they are not strong enough. But stomach sleeping is amazing. U won't get that curved arch in ur back like a bed would make it, so no lower back pain for certain. Fyi stomach sleeping is bad since ur shoulders tend to round forward thereby creating posture problems.

        And yea u get up so easy from the floor , I don't even understand how this works.

        [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

        I also couldnt back sleep after i tried it out in , i laid awake for 2 whole nights and almost quit , but i did it with 3 important changes :

        1 - Take a thin blanket and spread it out , then lay your head in the edge of the blanket and use it as a really thin pillow - then crumble the sides of the blanket till your head is completely surrounded by a kind-of resistant wall - which will prevent you from changing your Position ( sie or stomach ) / turn your head sideways in your sleep ( which is both unhealthy ) . It will also hell you to routinely adjust to keeping your head straight while sleeping .

        2 - stuff a pillow under your knees whole sleeping to elevate them a little bit Ehen you just startd sleeping in your back , it is More comfortable and will help you slowly adjust .

        3 - Dont sleep in your bed . Sleep in the floor , a thin blanket or the carpet . This will be a signal to your braun to engage in a New routine . It will also help your stay still cause it is not as squishy as the bed . Additionally , it is LEss comfortable and you will get up fast er in the morning .

        These tips really helped me.

        Also : Sleeping in your stomach is the most unhealthy , it will hurt your posture , your will geht More and fast er wrinkles and you geht less oxygen cause you cant breath good .

        ... And i am sorry for the grammar errors , i am german and my phone will just randomly autocorrect to gibberish cause it öd set to german . Fuck this shit .

        [–]Alpha_Buddha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        You can change your phones language to English man.

        [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (6 children)

        Side sleep is shit on the floor, causes hip and shoulder pain if prolonged enough. Any reason you can't sleep on your back? It is the absolute best.

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

        Yeah, I figured that is why no one talks about side sleeping because it can't really be done.

        I just can't stay asleep it the most uncomfortable I can be. I've been in the hospital for a month once. Tried to convert to back... it can't be done. I have trained myself to fall asleep on my back, however, but can never stay this way.

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

        Honestly that's how I was at first but then after about 5 days of forcing yourself you adapt pretty good.

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

        Thank you. I've tried. More than just that once and other than in the Hospital but I'll give it a go again. Just got done moving my mattress into the living room. In my room I now have a couple inch foam pad on top of hardwood floors. I want to work towards just a yoga mat.

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

        I should add there are some medical condition with my spine too. I'm not just complaining but was seeing if anyone side sleeps this way because nothing on the internet.

        [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        You honestly don't have to go as thin as a yoga mat to get the benefits. A couple of foam pads laid on top of hardwood or even laying on a sleeping bag is still good. Good luck in your endeavors

        [–]abc69[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I can't sleep on my back to save my life either... let's do it, bro. I'm taking on the challenge too.

        [–]whisker17 6 points7 points  (4 children)

        Exercising in the morning gets the blood pumping to the brain and I find myself far less groggy throughout the day. .. I lift heavy 4 times a week

        I personally feel energized soon after the workout, but as soon as I have a heavy breakfast, I feel lethargic the whole day until evening. Sometimes it gets so worse that I literally have to put down my head on the table and snooze for a couple of minutes. Doesn't help that I have to eat heavy, as I'm trying to gain weight.

        Any advice?

        [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

        You dont have to eat heavy immediatly after lifting and bro science would imply eating all day keeps insulin high which prevents fat loss.

        Caveat.....I am applying what I learned (not read) by doing opposite. I DO feast and famine to ward off fat and maintain low insulin and high HGH

        [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

        How often to you fast? Do you do the 16/8 method or like an eat stop eat type thing (5 days eating, 2 days caloric restriction)?

        [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        i mix it up, life happens and im not a robot. this week is slow with work and family so im eating 500 cals for 2 days, then day of maintenance

        next week vacation so ill adapt

        [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

        I'm trying to gain weight too as I am pretty skinny but I've found as long as you get enough protein (I do around 120 since I weigh 150 currently) and eat at just a slight surplus per day you still gain strength and muscle. I've been lifting for 3 months now and have put on steady gains without eating too crazy. 2500-3000 kcal per day

        It also depends a lot on what kind of food you eat and how active you are after the meal (walking around a little/ keeping busy to aid digestion). If I eat for example a big bowl of oatmeal with plant milk, a vegan protein bar, and some fruit I feel far less groggy than if I eat a giant plate of eggs and toast. To me animal products bog me down a lot more than plant food but I eat both simply for convenience.

        And when I mean exercise in the morning I mean running or jogging for about 15-30 minutes. The oxygenated blood does a whole lot more for wakefulness than lifting weights. I typically do that in the evening.

        [–][deleted] 52 points53 points  (0 children)

        This is a maxime for life in one post , now close your Internet , throw your Smartphone out the window and FOLLOW THROUGH .

        Stop satisfying your reward system with excessive Theory and Start ACTING , you probably know enough stoic philosophy for the Rest of your life in this post only - now continue the book of wisdom with your own chapter - itll be far More interesting .

        [–]Endorsed Contributorredpillbanana 30 points31 points  (11 children)

        Great stuff. I'm convinced that voluntary discomfort is the key to success. After all, all training is basically voluntary discomfort.

        Once I experienced intermittent fasting, everyone else now seems like a wimp when it comes to eating. "I'm so hungry - I haven't eaten in 8 hours!" Bitch, I routinely go 20 hours without eating.

        [–]Senior Endorsed Contributormax_peenor 16 points17 points  (3 children)

        The feeling of actual hunger, something the vast majority of Americans just never experience, just pisses me off. If I've gotten to that point, it's because I just don't have time for it. It always passes. I'll go on fasts just because I initially forgot to eat and then I just don't want to deal with it. But yeah, real hunger agitates me.

        The funny thing about this is the cats. Cats? Yeah, cats. We have a couple black cats that are sisters. They get fed on a schedule, which mean sometimes they get hungry before the time. They will pester the hell out of any human available but to no avail, since if they get fed off schedule they will get even worse. When they get hungry, they get very active and will actually attack each other, as in rolling, screeching ball of hair attack. (No, they aren't hurting each other. Cats do this sort of thing.). Two minutes after being fed they are curled up in balls and sleeping the day away.

        Hunger, actual hunger, is a driving force. Obviously, I'm not saying you should starve yourself, nor should you be fasting during some important physical activity or sporting event. Just remember that we are animals and all animals get very fucking motivated when one of their basic needs is wanting.

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          [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          LMAO

          stoke the fire

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          [–]gowby 4 points5 points  (0 children)

          Healthy snacks throughout the day are actually good for you provided you eat your main meals keeping in mind the extra calories. Not saying fasting is bad but intermittent fasting followed by shitty eating definitely is.

          [–]reddttt 5 points6 points  (5 children)

          When I fast, I wake up with a hunger of seven homeless Mozambique dudes. Shit is hard but worth it.

          [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

          I never ever wake up hungry and coffee kills anything til lunch

          [–]reddttt 0 points1 point  (3 children)

          Coffee helps me maintain my sanity until 11am but after that I have to eat or else Im certain Id invoke my nordic genes and go berserk on everything around me

          [–]Belmont_Trevor 7 points8 points  (1 child)

          watch out for a Nordic beserker that is as hungry as 7 Mozambique dudes.

          [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

          haha, all the best my vikebro

          try and push to 1105...then 1110.....etc

          [–]dissentforall 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          I can't do the perpetual fasting. Once you get over 200lbs and are close to 10% bf or less, your body will not allow that existence for long. You'll get massive agitated over little things, can't think straight and might actually increase anxiety response.

          I talked to my nutritionist about years ago, he basically said once you've formed yourself into a well trained machine, there is far less room for things like depending on fat stores to sustain you. Going from 4000 cals or more to nothing for any longer than 12hrs feels absolutely disasterous and it will fuck with your bodies ability to be proficient with explosive strength​ training.

          Do not do this shit if you're in competitive MMA or olympic/power lifting, carb back load instead.

          [–]Geney 22 points23 points  (1 child)

          I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet - unknown

          [–]AU_Alex 6 points7 points  (0 children)

          This one is from Oswaldo Guyasamín, one of the most famous painters of Ecuador. I stumbled over this quote in his museum in Quito, Ecuador 3 months ago and it hit me hard.

          [–]HopeFarmer 17 points18 points  (4 children)

          To build on this, I strongly encourage all men to actually read the entire Manual by Epictetus. I read slowly and it only took me about an hour to get through but it is 100% gold. It's on par with the Prince. It's the ultimate how to book for DGAF, following a mission, and building power. Condensed, actionable explanations like this post are great as one-off reminders to keep you on track, but they will only stick if you also commit to seriously study and pursue stoicism. If you ever find yourself skimming posts like these without thinking deeply about them or making sincere personal commitments, stop now and forever. If it's worth reading, then you better read, remember, and internalize the whole thing. If it's worth doing, you better do it. Everything counts. The contest is now.

          [–]SPREAD_THE_LOVE_7791 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          This is really legit. I've always thought something along these lines but was never able to articulate it like this. Thanks.

          [–]thebearsage 15 points16 points  (0 children)

          Great post, I look forward to being uncomfortable. Ryan Holiday's book The Daily Stoic is a great read if anyone is looking to learn about practicing stoicism.

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          [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

          Checked out your profile. Man I'd love to visit Morocco.

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            [–]WolfofAnarchy 0 points1 point  (2 children)

            Is it a safe country (compared to Chicago where I'm at)? I'd love to visit one day.

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              [–]WolfofAnarchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

              Gotcha, sounds alright! Thanks.

              [–]LatenightVader 9 points10 points  (0 children)

              Well... some of us do live in third world countries

              [–]bama79rolltide 8 points9 points  (0 children)

              Certified, bad ass, monk mode. Well versed. Way to lead by example, and properly documenting your experience. Great post.

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              [–]burnyr 5 points6 points  (0 children)

              Great post, thanks for this. I'll try it out

              [–]whuttupfoo 6 points7 points  (1 child)

              Here's another way to get some discomfort in. It's extreme but Iguarantee it will get you where you want to be a lot faster.

              Cut everything out that has nothing to do with your goals. That means Reddit (relevant subreddits are okay), old friends that don't benefit your career path or happiness, TV, food for the sake of temporary dopamine hits (sweets, shit that isn't beneficial for you), Drinking, going out for the sake of picking up girls (go out to improve your social skills which translates to business), overindulging in sex (ONS more than anything).

              Cut out any and everything that has nothing to do with your dream. goal.

              [–]Timstertimster2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

              My dram is to party all week and hook up with chix, and I love to chill binge watching TV while eating gummy bears and drawing rental income, so your plan isn't gonna work for me,

              [–]jurguenklomiken 4 points5 points  (0 children)

              Good post.

              The first method is also used in meditation.

              [–]Mr_Talent 4 points5 points  (4 children)

              Great post, however I would like to ask you if you could explain in more detail how you apply these 3 technics on your daily routine!?

              Do you start your morning with 10 minutes meditating where you apply the 1st method? Do you then jump into the tub and take a cold shower to apply the 3rd method? Where do you fit the 2nd?

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                [–]1empatheticapathetic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                I get a better sleep on the floor and now rarely sleep on a bed. It is underrated.

                [–]Mr_Talent 0 points1 point  (1 child)

                Thanks for the reply man! That was nice to read even though it's on a level of discipline which I don't have in order to be able to follow.

                [–]SuwinTzi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                If i remember correctly, Stoicism was mandatory for the Roman legions. Helped them being the feared fighting force that they were.

                [–]wildozure 3 points4 points  (0 children)

                Sounds like being an infantryman

                [–]EumenesOfEfa 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                Thank you for this inspiring post! I have seen far too few of these in the last few days.

                [–]heartofgraknil 4 points5 points  (0 children)

                Quality stuff. This is why I subscribe.

                [–]suske127 2 points3 points  (0 children)

                You definitely noted those three ideas in order from least important, to most important. Voluntary Discomfort is the single greatest thing you can do to make yourself more productive and lower your standards for comfort (making you relatively, way more comfortable).

                I appreciate this post and the way you layed it out, with bullet points and such. Thanks for posting

                [–]10xdada 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                This is a great post.

                If you add this to lifting, reading the sidebar, and focusing on getting really good at something you like, it's like insta-TRP. I've done this for a couple of years as well and 6 months of the OP's method will transform your perspective.

                [–]richard944 1 point2 points  (1 child)

                Fasting for a day

                Fuck that noise I dont want to lose all these gainz

                [–]indecencies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Fasting won't make you lose gains, lol. If anything, it'd help with them (as long as you don't just fast until you die or some shit). It promotes testosterone and growth hormone.

                [–]Volt52121 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Can you provide more details on the first exercise how exactly I should approach it? Like the mental ques that you would use to zoom yourself out? How do you stay calm in unhappy situations and direct your mind to gain that third person perspective?

                [–]daveylp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                This is dope thank you for sharing this

                [–]Protesilaus2501 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Perspective and choice do not naturally occur at the moment between stimulus and response. Only after cultivating self-discipline can one hold their hand in the box long enough to prove themselves human.

                Fear is the mindkiller.

                [–]pct92 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                Thank you for taking the time to write this post out. Great job and very informative. I will be applying some of these to my life. 🙏

                [–]im_dat_bear 0 points1 point  (5 children)

                I'm curious, from my understanding stoicism is based upon the belief that all or lives are predetermined, and that everything we do happens because it was always intended to happen. I like the idea of just living in the moment and enjoying life as it comes, but why is the idea that we can never escape our "planned route" comforting? Or am I just completely off base here?

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                  [–]im_dat_bear 1 point2 points  (2 children)

                  Sure, I can definitely appreciate that sentiment. Is there ever a sense of "why bother" when it comes to trying to better a situation though? I just feel like it could breed a lot of apathy if everyone believes that nothing can be changed anyways.

                  [–]HopeFarmer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

                  You don't actually have to believe that everything is literally deterministic. It's mainly about acceptance. The core principle is really that your judgments and desires don't change things so on some level you need to accept reality. Obviously some things are predetermined like the fact that you and your loved ones will die. You can accept that and appreciate them while they're here, or you can lie to yourself and get sad when they do. You don't have to believe that everything is pre-ordained; you just need to be honest with yourself so you don't get sucked into wishing for something that you know isn't real.

                  [–]im_dat_bear 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  As soon as you mentioned how loved ones dying is a certainty, a bit of a lightbulb went off in my head. I had never thought about it as simply accepting the painful truths. Thanks for the insight.

                  [–]tallwheel 1 point2 points  (0 children)

                  I don't personally believe that determinist thinking is necessarily necessary to be stoic. Events may not necessarily be pre-ordrained, but you can't change things that have already occurred. You have to accept them. I think coming at it from that perspective works fine too.

                  [–]Bangerzigzag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Will try to implement this in my life

                  [–]mlforthebest 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Thank you man! You really got me thinking deep.
                  I also had a pretty difficult day, you made me realize how silly and narrow-minded our negative thoughts can be.

                  Really appreciate you making this post, thank you!

                  [–]bitchple7se 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Finally something that's not about girls for once

                  [–]RickNew 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  [–]RedPilledGodEmperor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Great post and I actually saved it, which I don't normally do.

                  [–]1McDrMuffinMan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  I've been looking for something just like this, thank you. Do you have any other reading or influential materials you'd recommend?

                  [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Sidebar material if there ever was sidebar material.

                  TRP may have gone downhill recently but here you are, OP, dragging us in your shoulders back to the fucking roots. Thank you sir.

                  [–]dontbedenied 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Can someone please elaborate on what it would mean to "lose social status"? Does this mean becoming an outcast of society based on doing something (or accused of doing something) that is reviled?

                  [–]Bibliophile777 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Amazing practical post OP, thanks for this information. I am kind of working on this as I already live in a third world country (El Salvador) and is not so bad as many people think, we can be in a way better situation, that's for sure.

                  Again, good post.

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                  [–]SamuraiPizzaCatz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Video made me want to kill myself more than anything.

                  [–]jjliberman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  The obstacle is the way is an incredible book

                  [–]Urzo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Thank you OP. Im currently having a relapse and this is the kind of material I've been looking for.

                  [–]tat_guy_says_what 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Thank you for making this sub worthy of a random ready. Upvote for you.

                  [–]Wannabe1437 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Rather new here and i find it really awesome when i find out that i have been applying some of these aspects in my life already. Can't wait to practice them all and just get on a whole different level!

                  [–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  this is why I read TRP.

                  thank you

                  [–]Luckylancer96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Thx for quality post!

                  What can you suggest about stoicism? I planed buying meditations today. There was 2 other books which suggested too. Reading 3 of them are enough for learning ideolog's basic or should i read diffrent books/films too. Disclaimer: less book i read the better cause i m not in to reading :)

                  Extra question out of curiosity. Did you read u/OccamsUsername 's LTR guide? He suggest stoicism too.

                  [–]SkippytheRooter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Outstanding, I am doing this, thanks.

                  [–]1sezamus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  After military bootcamp and Woodstock Festival I understood, that all I need to be almost fully happy are: full belly, comfortable bed, clean bathroom. Things, like a good tea or coffee, are skyrocketing my mood.

                  Negative visualization is very powerful.

                  [–]poorBEE333 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  By these three excersise. Ive realized im subconciously a stoic. Or a masochit.

                  [–]Shakydrummer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Great post OP. That's how I've always looked at things in life - I've always found it so fascinating how two people can stand beside each other and live in entirely different realities. One person may be hurting, the other may be on their way to go enjoy an amazing day. Same thing goes - while you're relaxing, somewhere in the world, or even your next door neighbour, may be dealing with something that's entirely different from the reality you're living in.

                  More so what I took from it is, doesn't matter what you're dealing with, good or bad, the world keeps turning, so you have to turn with it for better or for worse.

                  [–]Darkunicorntribe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  I can truly attest to the value of practicing uncomfort. I've been sleeping on the floor for two months. Now I get quality sleep just about anywhere.

                  [–]RPmatrix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Wonderful post bro, thank you for taking the time to share this.

                  You have outlined some very useful ideas and explained their potential values. While I have been doing something very similar for much of my life, I think many of the guys here would benefit greatly from putting this advice into action, at least for a 'try'

                  After all, the worst 'failure' is the failure to Try' and you are the person who suffers most if you dont

                  aka "nothing ventured nothing gained"

                  Seneca is trying to evoke a sense of 'appreciation and gratittude' which is essential to avoid becoming contemptuous of what you have

                  And cold showers just Rock! They have numerous health benefits. I have 30-60sec ones after a good hot shower and have been since I was 16. I'm thoroughly addicted and I'm certain they have made me 'tougher' overall, mentally and physically.

                  And I have naturally fasted every couple of weeks for many years now, as I won't eat if I'm not hungry, and yet after about 24hrs, I begin to go into ketosis, which is an amazingly 'different' state to 'normal', a very energetic state and I can maitain it an stay 'in ketsosis' IF I eat very carefully (only fats)

                  but I rarely do as it's quite difficult to keep up if you like drinking coffee or having a beer/wine or eating carbs!. lol It's worth checking out, some people Love it. I think it's great but too difficult for me to maintain in a 'normal life' (well, kinda normal)

                  And recent scientific evidence suggests fasting a day a week helps you to stay physiologically 'younger' it's not like there's any harm done doing so! Ketosis awaits!

                  [–]notthegreatestcatch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  You desire to LIVE "according to Nature"? Oh, you noble Stoics, what fraud of words! Imagine to yourselves a being like Nature, boundlessly extravagant, boundlessly indifferent, without purpose or consideration, without pity or justice, at once fruitful and barren and uncertain: imagine to yourselves INDIFFERENCE as a power--how COULD you live in accordance with such indifference? To live--is not that just endeavoring to be otherwise than this Nature? Is not living valuing, preferring, being unjust, being limited, endeavouring to be different? And granted that your imperative, "living according to Nature," means actually the same as "living according to life"--how could you do DIFFERENTLY? Why should you make a principle out of what you yourselves are, and must be? In reality, however, it is quite otherwise with you: while you pretend to read with rapture the canon of your law in Nature, you want something quite the contrary, you extraordinary stage-players and self-deluders! In your pride you wish to dictate your morals and ideals to Nature, to Nature herself, and to incorporate them therein; you insist that it shall be Nature "according to the Stoa," and would like everything to be made after your own image, as a vast, eternal glorification and generalism of Stoicism! With all your love for truth, you have forced yourselves so long, so persistently, and with such hypnotic rigidity to see Nature FALSELY, that is to say, Stoically, that you are no longer able to see it otherwise-- and to crown all, some unfathomable superciliousness gives you the Bedlamite hope that BECAUSE you are able to tyrannize over yourselves--Stoicism is self-tyranny--Nature will also allow herself to be tyrannized over: is not the Stoic a PART of Nature? . . . But this is an old and everlasting story: what happened in old times with the Stoics still happens today, as soon as ever a philosophy begins to believe in itself. It always creates the world in its own image; it cannot do otherwise; philosophy is this tyrannical impulse itself, the most spiritual Will to Power, the will to "creation of the world," the will to the causa prima.

                  [–]KosmicKastaway 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

                  Since I was in my teenage years, I actually started doing the zooming out in 3rd person when I felt bad or things did not go my way because it made me feel better. It made me feel like what I am experiencing now is literally insignificant to the greater picture.

                  I am literally mind blown right now.

                  [–]CosmycDust 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  "How it would feel to live in a third world country." Lol, it ain't that bad you know

                  [–]johntcalhoun 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  I bought a freezer, one of those ones that open like a chest, and I filled it with water. 32 degrees will teach you many lessons.

                  [–]ldev1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Didn't read Marcus Aurelius, but Seneca's writings were pos. Epictetus was quite good.

                  [–]itachimngkyoshrngn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  Method One: A view from above is life changing advice, thank you for the post

                  [–]zarmesan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

                  How does this have anything to do with redpill. This is just good advice for stoicism which is great. Nothing to do with redpill though. Redpill is shit.

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