A useful Perspectiva journal

Stoic Journal

For when you seek inner peace, clarity, and effectiveness in our crazy world.

Despite his admitted struggles to get out of his warm, comfortable bed, Marcus Aurelius seems to have done his journaling first thing in the morning. From what we can gather, he would jot down notes about what he was likely to face in the day ahead. He talked about how frustrating people might be and how to forgive them, he talked about the temptations he would experience and how to resist them, he humbled himself by remembering how small we are in the grand scheme of things, and journaled on not letting the immense power he could wield that day corrupt him.
What's an intention I'd like to hold tomorrow?
A moment in which I was able to act instead of reacting.
A moment where emotions took control and I was misaligned with my intentions. How can I prevent it from happening in the future?
Did you feel a moment of presence today?
What can I control in this time of my life. What is outside of my control?
How could someone that has criticised me be a teacher?
What have I learned today?
How would a more virtuous version of myself have approached a difficult event today?
What obstacles are coming up in my life right now? How could I turn them into growth and learning?