Practice Routine


This blog post describes a continuous training you can do to incorporate Philosophy and contemplation in to your life. Enjoy! (or at least look at your suffering more objectively).

The Schedule


Morning Meditation

  • What will you do today, fate permitting? Plan your day, preferably on paper or a digital note. Make absolutely sure you include in it stuff that is meaningful to you or fun, not just chores! Ask yourself: “What do I really want to do?” Put those things in your plan. Then ask “What needs to be done?”. (Sometimes you have to prioritise the stuff that needs to get done to make time for them. You’ll know when that is the case.) Practice responding to adversity with the mental resources and skills you have.
  • Read a short passage from one of your favorite philosophical works (Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Seneca, Modern Stoics, etc.).
  • Go into silence for at least five minutes. Just sit there and observe without judgement or analyzing.

The whole thing should not take too much time: ten minutes on a busy morning. On a weekend morning you can spend more time in silence, and also reflect on a question more thoroughly.

Throughout the day

  • Continuous attention and awareness of your thoughts, actions, speech and moral choices (Prosochē). Ask yourself often “Am I doing the best thing I could be doing, right now?”, and “Am I responding and behaving in the best way I can?”.
  • Self-retreat (Quiet reflective moment + reciting few useful philosophical maxims/quotes), use when needed.
  • Mindfulness Meditation.
  • Practice discipline and moderation (food, drink, physical exercise).

Evening Meditation

Go through the events of the day.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • “What did I do amiss?”
  • “What did I do?”
  • “What duty was left undone?”

Answer the questions honestly, and when possible, in writing.  Keep your file private. Do not just list the stuff you did or did not do throughout the day, but reflect on how you did in regard to your philosophical practice, virtues, and your own goals in life.

Monthly or quartelry  

  • Do the normal Daily routine (Morning, daytime, evening). If you can spare the time, do longer sessions than usually.
  • Review the events of the past month/quarter, plan the next.
  • Choose one of these tasks to complete, either in writing or in your mind.


  • Values clarification.
  • Review the past year, plan the next.
  • Consider participating in the Stoic Week or a longer course.


Here are some more exercises and reflections you can add to your pracitce routine. Take one, many or all. Add them to your daily, monthly or yearly reflections as time allows.


Alternative script for Morning Meditation.

Sources and inspiration

More on Morning Meditation

Morning Meditation Exercise By Donald Robertson

How to meet the morning by The Immoderate Stoic

Three Stoic reminders by Daily Stoic

Practice Regimen

Buddhist and Mindfulness

Guided Meditations and Buddhis teachings by Gil Fronsdal and others

Dharmapunx NYC and Brooklyn, guided meditations and Buddhist teachings by Josh Korda

Evern more good stuff

How To Be A Stoic

Modern Stoicism

Daily Stoic

The Immoderate Stoic

Painted Porch

Stoicism Today

Philosophy of CBT

Stoic by Design