Class Series: The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Mondays: Beginning March 6, 2017 (then March 20, and April 3, 2017)
1st of three sessions led by retired UU minister and Cedars member, Barry Andrews
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE), a Roman emperor and author of a classic text of Stoic philosophy, were not originally intended for publication, but are essentially a series of dialogues he had with himself on the art of living mindfully and in accordance with nature.
Participants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book or check one out of the library. There are numerous editions available, but many of them are older translations and difficult to read. Barry recommends a modern translation, such as Meditations, Penguin Great Ideas series, translated by Maxwell Staniforth, which is the paperback edition he will be using.
Aurelius believed that happiness can be ours if we put the past behind us, leave the future to Providence, and live a life in the present with faith that we have what we need to find contentment and inner peace. “Fear not,” he says, “that life will someday end; fear instead that a life in harmony with nature may never begin. Do this and you will be worthy of the cosmos that bore you and no longer a stranger in your own land, puzzled by common everyday occurrences as if you had never seen them before and dependent on others for every little thing.”
Contact: Barry Andrews