This is what happens when you live like a Stoic during 50 days — An experiment about Modern Stoicism

How to be a Stoic today — a guide about modern stoicism (experiment)

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A few months ago I finished the experimental phase of “Stoic Living”, a lifestyle experiment (more humanistic and philosophically-actionable I would say) that sought three things: Firstly, to test how someone feels before, during and after spending 50 days living as a solid Stoic in today’s world. Secondly, to see how you can live to embrace Stoic philosophy radically. And thirdly, to create an understandable, real and tested guide on modern stoicism, step by step.

So, this the humble guide for Stoics, day-by-day and step-by-step, I followed to adjust ancient stoicism into a more authentic stoic way of living.

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Development of the process: 50 days trying to live like a stoic

These four phases explain what was experienced during the experiment with parameters, learnings, discoveries and conclusions:

Index — Stoic experiment

It has been 50 days of stoic living (actually more), only interrupted by the Vipassana meditation retreat that I started at day 48. The experiment consists of different sections and forms of analysis — applying and adapting the scientific method as I have been doing in previous experiments:

  1. Formulation and context.
  2. Measurement — scorecard with the most quantitative analysis.
  3. Experimentation — experiential analysis day by day, the most qualitative part.
  4. Hypothesis.
  5. Falsifiability
  6. Validated learnings.

1. Observation

Stoic people are observed to live life better, less irritable and stressed, calmer, more whole and in an almost undisturbed mental state, emotional and spiritual peace. This observation is based on the different examples that can be found both in the other sources that represent the works of Seneca, Marco Aurelio, Epictetus, as well as Daily Stoic and How to be a Stoic, and in people with stoic features who populated and populated the Earth.

2. Formulation and context of the Stoic Life experiment

This experiment is formulated through following a series of “precepts” and teachings that come from the greatest masters of Stoicism. Prolific personalities such as modern Stoics like Robert Greene, Massimo Pigliucci, Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday, and of course from a very personal trial and error process, mixing techniques, habits, behaviours and actions.
The context occurs in an individual, who is me, already initiated in Stoic philosophy and art, with enough self-discipline, self-awareness and familiar with this type of experiment on stoicism living, despite not having been the first experience that has involved redesigning my style of life.

3. Measurement — Scorecard

To be able to live like a stoic, it is necessary to analyse, that is why I have designed a scorecard. An excel table where I have been analysing up to a maximum of 34 qualitative and quantitative parameters:

  • Day.
  • Sleep on the floor.
  • Stoic morning ritual.
  • Food.
  • Food recognition and appreciation.
  • Fasting.
  • Critics.
  • Compliments.
  • Opinions.
  • Entertainment.
  • Distractions
  • The use of social networks.
  • Emotion in decisions.
  • Acceptance.
  • Closed eyes.
  • Delayed gratification.
  • Negative visualization.
  • The dichotomy of control.
  • Talk, think, act slow.
  • Vital gratitude.
  • Conversations about third parties.
  • Easy laughing/cynicism/satire.
  • Silence in conversations.
  • Acts / social events.
  • Austerity.
  • Things that are necessary to live during the day.
  • Necessity.
  • Serenity ritual.
  • What I have not been able to control.
  • What I have been able to control.
  • Observations.
  • Amor Fati.
  • Stoic meditations.

4. Experiential analysis day by day

This is the part where you’ll find most of the gold found in the experiment and the guide/report.

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  • Deprivation of pleasure, comfort, and luxury.
  • Morning meditation.
  • Not paying attention to anything that I think is attacking me.
  • Stop and take in what’s around me more and observe it without haste.
  • See the opportunity in adversity.
  • Be pleasant when someone is rude to me.
  • Flexibility.
  • Acceptance.

How to be stoic and how to live stoic (50 days — 50 videos)

Additionally, here you can find the list of videos on Youtube with the 50 videos (and 100 videos more) about modern stoicism, being a stoic, and living like a moderrn stoic, that I recorded during the experiment.

5. Validated learnings

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6. Hypothesis

When a person examines himself, watches takes care of herself and becomes a student of their emotions, impulses, actions, and behaviours, that person inevitably ends up growing. Even over time, they became a master of their own life. This is what I have understood in one way or another by conducting the stoicism experiment.

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7. Limitations of living like a modern stoic

This hypothesis may not be representative of everyone since the experiment is personal.

End of the Stoic Life experiment — being Stoic is a great hack.

I recorded this video at the end of the last day of the experiment; it is the best way to conclude this report on what it has meant to live as a stoic and try to be a stoic for 50 days.

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