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MEDITATION MEDICINE ATARAX ATARAXIA THOUGHT THINKING EUTHYMIA THYMUS IMAGE IMAGINATION SPECTER BUDDHA HYDROXYZINE ATARACTIC EPICTETUS RUFUS NERO HADRIAN CALM EUTHEMIA


 

"Men are not distrubed by things,
but by the views which they take of them".

Epictetus (c. 55-135)

Epictetus was a slave of a very wealthy former slave freed by Nero. Epictetus studied under the stoic Musonius Rufus. After Epictetus became a freedman, he became a favorite of  Emperor Hadrian. His studies of ethics focused on the "nature of things" and his views were that natural realities were invariable and valid for all beings. One "virtue" he advocated along with other stoics was "Ataraxia" or "divine indifference" or "peace of mind", in essence meaning lack of fear, particularly of death.

Ataraxia was also viewed as "Divine like Indifference" or Euthymia (Thymus). In more modern terms, peace of mind may be called "calm", "serenity", "equanimity". Similar ideas are found among believers of Buddhist Meditation Medicine and is consonant the a maxim attributed to Buddha

We are what we think 

N.B. Ataraxia inspired sellers of hydroxyzine hydrochloride to call the product "Atarax" to convey the idea of its sedative and calming agent in general.  

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