Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Month Nine and Ten of Beautiful Breathing: Dealing with Our Shadow Side

Last May, I realized I was having problems with shallow, erratic breathing and that it was causing a lot of anxiety[1], low energy, and other problems. I began a simple breathing practice to help some of these issues. It has brought a lot of beautiful changes in my life like increased energy, the ability to… Continue reading Month Nine and Ten of Beautiful Breathing: Dealing with Our Shadow Side

Body Love and Body Kindness, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Uncategorized

From Enemy to Ally: Becoming Friends with Our Body

That Time Kant Inspired Me to Exercise I may be one of the only people in the world who has been inspired to be better friends with my body  by the philosopher Immanuel Kant. During my dissertation research[1], I spent a lot of time reading and res Iearching Kant’s Lectures on Pedagogy. (There’s a point… Continue reading From Enemy to Ally: Becoming Friends with Our Body

Body Love and Body Kindness, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

10 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Started Walking Regularly This Year (For you, Thoreau)

Henry David Thoreau has a lovely essay called "Walking". Near the beginning of this piece he writes, "I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks--who had a genius, so to speak--for sauntering..."* Almost a year ago (last… Continue reading 10 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Started Walking Regularly This Year (For you, Thoreau)

Poetry, Uncategorized

“I Do Not Want to Be Good”–A Poem

As a philosopher, I spend a lot of time thinking about the good. What the good is and what it means for our lives is one of the most discussed philosophical topics of the last several thousand years.  In fact, I am teaching an ethics class this semester, and this is one of the main… Continue reading “I Do Not Want to Be Good”–A Poem

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

What It Means to Be Powerful and Why You are Powerful

I believe you are so powerful. I believe I am, too. And I also believe that when we properly understand this power, we do amazing things in the world. A Misconception: The Power as Force Paradigm A lot of people have misconceptions about power, and they think that being powerful means being able to force,… Continue reading What It Means to Be Powerful and Why You are Powerful