Meditation is another ancient practice that’s hugely popular in 2020, but of course is nothing new and can be traced back to ancient India. And if you fast-forward from there to ancient Rome, you’ll find Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius writing his own book of ‘Meditations’.
What’s interesting about Aurelius is that while I’m not convinced he actually ‘meditated’ in the same way that Buddhist monks do, many of his writings reflect the same philosophies. For example:
“You have strength over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
And, “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
The impetus of all of this being that while we so often look outside of ourselves for guidance, we actually have all of the guidance we need within us. We just need to allow ourselves to be still enough to access it – and meditation can certainly help with that.