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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Meditations XI

From Marcus Aurelius' "Meditations":

“At what time soever thou wilt, it is in thy power to retire into thyself, and to be at rest, and free from all businesses.”

This can be the key to personal sanity for people with hectic lives, and it certainly has the ring of authenticity coming from one of the most industrious emperors of Rome at a time when the Roman Empire was a vast sprawling beast that required tremendous attention. If he could do this in the midst of his "affairs of state", as the emperor of what was one of the largest empires ever built, what excuse do the rest of us have?

Go within yourself sometime today, be at rest, and forget about your concerns for a few minutes.

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