About the Author

Welcome, Friend. I am excited that you stopped by my blog.

The purpose of Love is Stronger is to help bring more love into our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with the Divine. If you don’t believe in the Divine, don’t worry–this blog is still for you.

Everyone needs love. Love is Stronger than any problem we have, and it empowers us, heals us, and brings us clarity of mind. Almost all of us are searching for more love on a daily basis, but we are often unsure how to find it or cultivate it.

Sometimes we feel entirely cut off from love, and when we do, it often leads to anxiety, self-loathing, despair, cruelty, addiction, and violence.The more we bring love into all parts of our lives, the more we heal ourselves, society, and the world.

You might be wondering at this point what I mean by love.

I take love to be the power which accepts and honors us unconditionally by nourishing that which is good and beautiful in us (and all of us have this part) and healing what is wounded and diseased in us (and all of us have this part, too).

Love is the foundation of any healthy and good relationship in our life, although it expresses itself differently in different relationships.

 

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One of the most important parts of loving others is learning to love ourselves. We cannot value and have compassion for others if we do not value and have compassion for ourselves. This means that if we want to love others, we have to cultivate a type of self-love or self-directed kindness.

The idea of self-love, however, can make us feel really uncomfortable, and for good reason. Many times when we hear the word self-love, we equate it with narcissism and selfishness.

However, I believe that self-love when properly understood is not narcissistic and selfish but is the foundation for personal wholeness and peace (which brings us power). It is also the foundation for building a more just, humane, and peaceful society and world.

Furthermore, I believe that when we cultivate proper self-love or self-directed kindness, we develop a powerful protection against violence, domination, and fascism.

In this way, I believe proper self-love is the foundation for healthy relationships and a thriving democracy.

About Me: I have my PhD in philosophy, with a specialty in ethics and social and political philosophy. I also have a masters degree in Educational Leadership.

I teach a variety of classes at a local college including ethics, education for social change, logic, feminist philosophy, and the history of early modern philosophy.

I am the author of three logic and critical thinking textbooks for middle and high school students, which are published by Classical Academic Press: Argument Builder, Discovery of Deduction (co-author), and Everyday Debate.

A lot of the artwork on my blog is my own. I think art is one of the ways we share love with the world, and it often also helps us and others better understand the concepts we are trying to communicate.

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My husband, John, and I have two adorable cats:

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Jax

Jax and drawing

and Leo.

Leo and Snake

You can follow me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/LovePowerfullyLivePowerfully/

You can also reach me at at shellypruittjohnson@gmail.com and on Instagram at shelly.p.johnson.

If you would like to learn more about self-love and self-directed kindness, you might like these posts:

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/the-love-we-have-been-looking-for/

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/12/20/the-ideal-soil-for-growing-your-ideal-self/

If you would like to learn more about how true self-love is different from selfishness and narcissism, you might like this post: 

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/why-self-love-is-not-selfishness-and-narcissism-on-becoming-a-good-friend-to-others-by-being-a-good-friend-to-ourselves/

If would like to learn how self-love can protect us (especially women) from violence and domination, you might like these posts: 

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/on-president-trump-negging-and-womens-bodies-and-blood-it-is-time-to-subvert-shame/

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/i-believe-in-superhero-magical-force-fields-after-all/

If you would like to learn how self-love can foster political peace and a flourishing democracy, you might like these posts: 

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/overcoming-our-political-and-personal-self-loathing-we-need-a-new-outlook/

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/a-cure-for-our-personal-and-political-loathing-a-new-outlook/

If you would like to read about love and the Divine, you might enjoy these posts:

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/step-four-dealing-with-the-dark-diseased-and-wounded-parts-of-us-recovering-from-self-hate/

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/changing-our-story-healing-our-shame/

https://shellypruittjohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/intention-or-prayer-for-growing-in-light-and-wisdom/

 

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