Stoicism and Practicing Music
What is Stoicism? “Externals” are what the Stoics call “anything or anyone that isn’t you.” Extended, this is basically anything outside your own mind. Weather, politics, the actions of other people, whether you get fired from your job, sickness, even death itself – are all externals.
To deal with externals, the Stoics propose self-discipline, presence of mind, and detachment – very similar to Buddhism.
The Stoic is not overly attached to externals. This is a very proactive approach to life, especially practicing music, because instead of feeling a loss of control, the Stoic asks himself:
What is the next best course of action and where do I go from here?