Mindfulness Meditation for Peace and Relaxation

I sometimes struggle with anxiety, and when I do, I often find that thinking certain loving thoughts and looking at colors relaxes me. So, I created this picture flow to share some of the ideas that help me the most. Maybe if you are feeling anxious, it will help you, too. There is a safe … Continue reading Mindfulness Meditation for Peace and Relaxation

How Embracing Vulnerability Changed My Life (And Why I am Still Working on It)

Needing to Be Right Once upon a time it was incredibly important for me to be right. About everything. I have a vivid memory of arguing with my little brother when I was about ten years old. I do not remember exactly what we were arguing about, but I do remember being furious with him. … Continue reading How Embracing Vulnerability Changed My Life (And Why I am Still Working on It)

Four Things You Can Do When You Don’t Feel Good Enough or Successful Enough

Sometimes We Feel Like We Are Not Good Enough Comparison. Dejection. Depression. We have all been there before. We look at other people’s lives— their accomplishments, their relationships, their success--and we feel less than. We feel like we are not successful enough. We feel like we are not good enough. This feeling of not being … Continue reading Four Things You Can Do When You Don’t Feel Good Enough or Successful Enough

Five Things You Can Do When You Feel Ugly and Gross and Your Confidence Plummets Into a Deep, Dark Well

Really Bad Days There are days when we feel ugly, gross, worthless, and our confidence plummets into a very dark, deep well. It is no wonder that we struggle with these feelings. We live in a media-saturated society, in which we are surrounded by perfectly fit, airbrushed images all the time. This can teach us … Continue reading Five Things You Can Do When You Feel Ugly and Gross and Your Confidence Plummets Into a Deep, Dark Well

What Selfies Taught Me about Self-Love: Why I Love Your Selfies and My Selfies

Never Measuring Up Alienated from myself: This is how I lived a lot of my life. Certainly I would have moments of feeling peaceful and at home with myself. Sadly, however, I usually felt critical and even hateful of myself, my looks, my body. It is no wonder that I, and a lot of women … Continue reading What Selfies Taught Me about Self-Love: Why I Love Your Selfies and My Selfies

Five Reasons You Don’t Have to Worry About What People Think

We worry a lot about what people think of us. We worry what they think about our fashion choices, our looks, the things we say, our level of success, and our particular interests or hobbies. Even the philosopher Heidegger speaks of The They[1]—the amorphous, ambiguous atmosphere of other people’s judgments. We end up living in … Continue reading Five Reasons You Don’t Have to Worry About What People Think

A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook

We Need a New Outlook In my last blog post, I argued that many people in the United States suffer with personal and political loathing and that this loathing can generate further problems of shame, unhappiness, feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness, personal and interpersonal violence, inequality, and increasingly levels of political hopelessness. While these problems … Continue reading A Cure for Our Personal and Political Loathing: A New Outlook