Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. How this book saved my life.


Not many people know this about me, but I have been admitted to a mental hospital six times in my life. I feel it is important to tell you guys that because it provides context on the story that I am about to tell you.

I was suffering from a well of depression for about six months. I was right in the middle of it too. I was attending HACC Lancaster at the time and I was taking a Philosophy class. The professor talked to me one time at length due to a reason I would rather not disclose yet. He recommended a book that was very old, but helped so many people who took the time to read it. That book was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

This books insight’s on life were just what I needed. I won’t bore you with the details. (I want you to buy it for yourself!) The book gave me a new insight on life in general. I was able to appreciate life. Not just material goods or statues, but the miracle that life is. I am not going religious on you don’t worry, but whatever started all of this made sure the human mind was capable of finding this everlasting peace.

That peace that I have has helped me drastically. I am able to approach people and talk to them. I know a lot of people take that for granted, but imagine waiting in line at the galley, for you Millersville University students, or any line for that matter. When your in line and approach the cashier your barely able to talk to them and it makes everyone feel really awkward especially you.This is how I was for a very long time.

After reading Meditations ten or so times I began to become better socially. Which is really hard for someone with Autism. I playfully refer to myself as an autistic extrovert. That aside, I think that anyone suffering from mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, should really get this book. It helped me a lot and I hope it can help you!

Here is the link to the Barnes and Nobles website if your interested at all!



2 thoughts on “Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. How this book saved my life.”

  1. I’ll look into your book recommendation. I have one of my own. One of my bigger problems is anxiety. For reference here, driving anxiety specifically. I could turn the fear of a flat tire into a downward spiral that culminated in the death of anyone and anything I hold dear. I was driving to work in new Holland at the time, about 12 miles. I’ve been so over the top with fear that it could take up to 2 hours to complete this drive due to the number of stops made to ensure I wasn’t going to die that moment. Then I read a book by a Zen master about anger. (Lots of anger issues too) his outlook on anger (ultra simplified) was to acknowledge it, greet it, and send it on it’s way.
    It took me over 6 months of daily practice, but the day I was able to drive Eric and I to Norristown for Korean was the highlight of my year.
    Book link for reference
    Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames


    1. I have read it as well! I should probably do a post about it as well, but I do not really have anger issues. Just the depression, anxiety and nightmares.


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