The Stoic Jew

Recap and Update on My Relation to Meditation (Epictetus – Enchiridion 20; Aurelius – Meditations 4:3; Seneca – Letter #2)

March 22, 2023 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 11 Episode 6
The Stoic Jew
Recap and Update on My Relation to Meditation (Epictetus – Enchiridion 20; Aurelius – Meditations 4:3; Seneca – Letter #2)
Show Notes

Length: 29 minutes
Synopsis: I’ve recently been asked by several people about my current meditation practice and what I get out of it. I decided to make an episode in which I recap my history with meditation practices, review some of the key benefits of meditation according to Stoicism and Judaism, and conclude with a summary of my current relationship with meditation.

Related Content:
 - On Doing Nothing: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
- Q&A #06, Question #3
- Letting Go and Letting Be (my favorite Tara Brach meditation)

 - Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – a True Story
- Epictetus, Enchiridion 20
- Aurelius, Meditations 4:3
- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer Ahavah, Hilchos Tefilah u’Birkas Kohanim 4:16
- Rambam: Commentary on the Mishnah, Berachos 5:1
- R’ Avraham ben ha’Rambam: Ha’Maspik l’Ovdei Hashem, Chapter 24: Obligations of Tefilah
The Torah content for Rosh Chodesh Nisan has been sponsored by my friend and fellow Ralbag-enthusiast, Rabbi Dovid Campbell. Be sure to check out his website,, and the article he published in the most recent edition of Hakirah entitled. Imitations and Semblances: How the Mitzvos Direct Our Exploration of Reality.
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