The Stoic Warrior — Words to Heal the Spirit (Part One)

Anand Swamy
6 min readApr 14, 2020

I am fascinated by the Roman Empire. In particular, I have a keen interest in Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius was one of the important figures in Stoicism. His philosophy, also known as Meditations was never intended to be published, rather they were sources of wisdom to guide him through his own journey of self-improvement.

It’s up to historical debate, but many will argue that Marcus Aurelius’s rule as emperor marked the end of Rome’s golden era. Shortly after his death, his son Commodus became emperor who in short was a colossal fuckup. His reign marked the beginning of the untimely fall of Rome. If you ever watched Gladiator, these names will seem familiar, but for historical context, it’s important to note that Russell Crowe's character (Maximus) was fictional and the entirety of the movie was loosely based on real events. Yes, I was heartbroken when I actually learned the history because the movie is simply, the shit (the shit — something that kicks ass. Not to be confused with shit, which is something that sucks ass).

Today I wanted to share some words from Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, and provide commentary on how to approach it today. I hope the words move you, help you to be kinder to yourself and others, and ultimately bring you a truth that is unique to you.

No one can lose either the past or future — how could anyone be deprived of what he/she does not possess. (Book 2–14)

Whether we like it or not, we are bound by the present moment. You may anguish over yesterday, or anticipate tomorrow, but you can only entertain these modes of thought right now.

When losing a job, family member, relationship, or any other event that might drop us into a temporary well of despair, gather yourself and understand that at this moment right now the world is new, young, eternal, and ready for you to take the next brave step forward.

Clear the fires of yesterday and the anticipatory woes of tomorrow, and make this moment the best you can. Moments of clarity come into play when we block out the noise and give NOW precedence over everything.

Think of the whole of existence, of which you

Anand Swamy

I write about personal development and self awareness.