Welcome to the 10 new members who joined the New Stoa community in May.
I had been following a discussion group "World Pantheist Movement" and the Stoics kept getting brought up. I looked up The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius and later bought the book. Not only was he a pantheist, but the advice for living has been very helpful to me. It went on and googled and found this page. Great job!
Joseph Cambareri iii
I have been studying Stoicism since my Sophomore year in High School (1999). I started down this course of study after developing some of my own thoughts on how to live a life of excellence and found many of my thoughts to be in line with Stoicism. I have found my studies and practice of Stoa to be immensely fulfilling and I strive to further my journey towards a virtuous existence in accordance with Nature.
Having taught religion and philosophy in college, I came to appreciate stoicism.
I want a Philosophy of Life. I need one.
Exposed through rational emotive therapy.
I had been searching for a religion or philosophy that combined nature and God, but didn't feel closer to the Christian religion rather than Buddhism/Hinduism. I started learning about Marcus Aurelius, came across his book Meditation and my discovery went from there... So I have been reading his meditations and Epicteus' Enchiridion.
Since 1997 I have been reading theological and philosophical works as an antidote to occasional bouts of depression. Stoicism has, so far, provided an effective alternative to medication. It has to be practice, not just theory and I want to learn more.