Why “Hug a Tree” is Good Advice: What the Hippies Know

The other day I read, “Go hug a tree”  And thought “That’s crazy hippy talk”. But then I remembered 3rd grade when I visited a tree on our playground every week And wrote about my tree and How it changed through seasons. I loved that tree. In junior high there was a tree in my back … Continue reading Why “Hug a Tree” is Good Advice: What the Hippies Know

What are You Saying to Yourself Today? (Brief Reflection and Practice)

The things you say to yourself can empower you to live more fully and beautifully, or they can wilt your spirit. You are the closest person to you, so what you say to yourself really matters. How our spirit feels when we say unkind things to ourselves. Here are two things you can practice today: … Continue reading What are You Saying to Yourself Today? (Brief Reflection and Practice)

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

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 Things You Can Do When Your Day is Horrible, and You Hate Everything

All of us have days that are the absolute worst. We might wake up feeling awful and miserable, and we have no idea why. Sometimes, on the other hand, we know exactly why we hate everything , but we still do not have any idea what to do about it. All of these feelings can … Continue reading Five Things You Can Do When Your Day is Horrible, and You Hate Everything

Cuddly Sweaters and Self-Love

I am an academic (a philosopher, specifically), and sometimes I get stuck in my head a little too much. I am more than my brain, so getting stuck up there for too long can create imbalances in my life. Over the past couple of years, I have been in search of ways to nourish every … Continue reading Cuddly Sweaters and Self-Love