As you read (or tried to read) Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, it became clear to both you and me that some ideas go completely over your head. The only way to solve this problem, for now, is to spend more time reading and contemplating these words. Don’t fear the fact you don’t understand the text on your first attempt. Don’t shy away from high-level reading because it takes more effort than usual. Read slowly and think while you do. Contemplation may not lead you to the correct or intended understanding of the words that appear on the page, but it will exercise a valuable skill.