Seneca The Younger, or Seneca, as he is known popularly, is one of the most prominent people at the center of the stoic philosophical movement. Stoic philosophy had already become established in the late Stoa period around the 1st and 2nd century AD. The first stoics had come and gone, and what they taught was now being led everywhere by many people. Seneca came before Epictetus, before Marcus Aurelius, and set the theme of journaling as an integral part of stoicism. "When the light has been removed, and my wife has fallen silent, aware of this habit that's now mine, I examine my entire day and go back over what I've done and said, hiding nothing from myself, passing nothing by." - Seneca. Seneca used to write in his journal late at night. When everything was quiet, he had the opportunity to reflect on his day's events. He believed it's challenging to pay attention to the processes that occur within our bodies and minds, and he followed through with his act of journaling. Because the brain is the sole organ that allows us to think, we have no idea what is inside it. To enable the mind to see what is inside it, we must provide it with a mirror. We may write down every thought within the complex organ, allowing it to examine and analyse how it reacts and responds. Tracking your views and giving them the attention they deserve can help you control them to benefit your health and reaction to your surroundings.
Whether Stoic or not, many people have fallen in love with journaling in the centuries afterward. They have dedicated themselves to morning or evening journaling. And there's a reason for that: it works. It clears the mind, allows for peaceful, private thinking, and keeps track of one's thoughts throughout their life.
However, the skill of journaling in stoicism is more than just a regular diary. The philosophy is this journaling itself. Whether it's getting ready for the day ahead or pondering the day's events, journaling can help you regain control over your life. Reminding oneself of the lessons we've learned from our teachers, books, and life experiences. It is not enough to merely hear these lessons once; instead, one must practice them again, mull them over in their minds, and, most importantly, write them down while feeling them flow through their fingers. Journaling is stoicism in this sense. Having one without the other is nearly impossible.
To aid you in your journaling journey, we have a ten-day journaling challenge comprised of lessons from the great stoic philosopher himself: Seneca. Each day, you'll go through a lesson and answer a question in your journal. This is not just a ten-day exercise. This challenge is only to get you started in your journaling journey and your practice towards becoming a stoic.