The Stoic Jew

Blaming My Insomnia on Satan (Aurelius - Meditations 5:20)

March 16, 2023 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 11 Episode 5
The Stoic Jew
Blaming My Insomnia on Satan (Aurelius - Meditations 5:20)
Show Notes

Length: 23 minutes
Synopsis: The impetus for this morning’s (unplanned) episode was yet another night of insomnia, in what has amounted to nearly a full week of insomnia. I decided to make this episode to help me process my thoughts as I tossed and turned in bed between 4 and 5am after being awakened at 2:15am by a guy blaring music in his car outside of my apartment for over an hour. But what started off as an episode of me venting my frustration ended up becoming a means of feeling empathy and compassion, and acceptance of – no! love for – God’s will. If you haven’t listened to an episode of TSJ, I would recommend this one as being a good example of what I’m trying to do here.

Related Episodes about Insomnia:
 - A Cure for Insomnia … I Hope
- Applying Epictetus to My Insomnia
- Post-Insomnia Stoic Jew Self-Talk
- When Life Gives You Insomnia, Bake a Cake and Rejoice in Yisurin
- Purim, Providence, and 600 Days of Gratitude

 - Talmud Bavli, Bava Basra 16a
 - Rambam, Moreh ha’Nevuchim 3:8-12
 - Aurelius, Meditations 5:20
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