Meditations Marcus Aurelius

Translated by Gregory Hays

If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance. (VI: 21)

Depression and anxiety have their roots firmly embedded in deceit and ignorance. The voices in our heads that manifest unbidden at moments of vulnerability can only take hold if we listen to them.

If people who are successful in their various sporting activities attribute much of their success to using a mantra – we would be foolish to disregard the possible positive effects that the same principles may be applied to dealing with depression and anxiety.

This quotation contains some very good advice for fellow sufferers of depression and/or anxiety. When we are floundering in the Slough of Despond or fighting Apollyon in the Valley of Humiliation we need to have mental toughness in the form of a mantra.

When I first suffered serious anxiety my mantra was taken from the New Testament

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

One thought on “Meditations Marcus Aurelius

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Frantic Planet dot blog

Stuart Millard. World's Deadliest Man. Master of the Dim Mak. Writer.

The Godly Chic Diaries



never learns ¯_(ツ)_/¯

The H2DI Group

Write Good. Blog Better.

How to be cool

Making People Cool and Author


Open Your Mind

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire


acknowledge improve develop


A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

The Atavist Magazine

acknowledge improve develop


The best longform stories on the web

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: