This Stoic practice is designed to provide a catalyst for change towards becoming an ideal human being. Of course, this is a never-ending quest.
Taking control of your desires will help you to stop the train of desires before it leaves the station and builds a full head of steam
Perhaps this is one of the best Stoic practices that helps to distance or detach yourself from where you are right now and more importantly where is your mind.
Once upon a time in a certain village lived a prominent trader. He was wealthy, honorable and a man of repute, and yet he was restless and worried. He could not shed his fears, of failure, of losing, of unknown.
A Zen master was serving tea to himself and his student, when the apprentice asked him a question: "Master, what shall I do when I try to meditate and don't succeed?”