The secret to true happiness may have been discovered and championed over 2,000 years ago by one of Rome’s greatest emperors.
Marcus Aurelius was not exactly a self-help expert or a spiritual master. He ruled Rome for 20 years, is considered one of its greatest emperor’s, and in 167 AD began writing a 12-book compendium called The Meditations.
Aurelius was a proponent of Stoicism, a philosophy that emphasizes cultivating mental abilities. His book is based on one fundamental principle: “You have power over your mind -- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
This sounds familiar! In fact, that same simple message has been proclaimed constantly over the 2,000 years since he penned them. And, interestingly, meditation has long been identified as the single most effective means of bringing that unruly beast – the mind – under the control of spirit.
When we meditate, we are not practicing a new age technique! We are not just partaking of a philosophical pursuit. We’re also doing what the emperor of Rome did! What a substantial and unexpected validation of this process for accelerating awakening to authentic happiness.