I am increasingly convinced that self-love rightly understood can protect us from authoritarianism and domination. Feeling Nervous About Self-Love Most of us grow up feeling nervous about self-love, and this is understandable. We learn growing up that selfishness is wrong (and certainly this is true), and that we should think of others instead of ourselves … Continue reading Fierce Love: Fortifying Ourselves against Authoritarianism and Domination
I recently had a birthday. I am squarely in my forties, and I have decided that I love getting older. Of course, there are some days I do not like it. Some days I notice myself looking differently than I did when I was younger, and I miss aspects of my youthful appearance. This is … Continue reading Why I Love Getting Older: Four Gifts Aging Can Bring Us
Sometimes a friend tells you her story, and you want the whole world to hear it. This is how I felt when I asked my Facebook friends if anyone wanted to share any experiences they had with loving accepting their bodies unconditionally for a post I wrote last week. My friend and former student Hailee wrote a … Continue reading How One Woman Uses Painting to Help Her and Other Moms Cultivate Body Love Postpartum
Today I discovered that magical force fields--you know, the kind superheroes create--are real after all. Superhero Envy When I watched superhero shows when I was younger, I was always intrigued by superheroes who could make force fields to keep out all the bad stuff. I mean, if you you had a good force field, nothing … Continue reading I Believe in Superhero Magical Force Fields After All
There is Something Powerful About Love The Beatles wrote "All You Need is Love." St. Augustine wrote "Love God and do whatever you please." Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37 that the two greatest commands are “to love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh … Continue reading Is Love Enough?
Wanted: Confidence Elixir Confidence makes us feel like rock stars. When we feel confident, we feel energized and ready to tackle whatever life throws at us. On the other hand, when we lose our confidence, we feel shrunken and shriveled, and we want to hide. At times like this, we wish we had a confidence … Continue reading Six Ways To Feel More Confident When You are Having a Rough Day
Dignity and Respect Middle school students taught me some of the most important things I know about love. Before becoming a college philosophy instructor , I was a middle school humanities teacher for many years. Early on in my teaching career, I discovered that middle school students have a great deal of energy that needs … Continue reading The Love We Have Been Looking For