It is hard to learn to trust ourselves. When we are younger, we are taught to listen to various authority figures—parents, teachers, politicians, priests and pastors, etc.—and to trust their opinions about what we should think and how we should behave. Trusting Ourselves Can Be Hard And it is understandable that we are taught this. … Continue reading Why You Can Trust Yourself (And if There Are Any Times You Can’t)
I absolutely believe in the power of love to solve our personal and political problems, and I am not ashamed to say this. I am actually in very good company in believing in the Power of Love. Folks as auspicious as MLK believed in the power of love to heal and transform our society into … Continue reading Can Political Correctness Go Too Far?
I loved movement when I was little. I went to a really cool elementary school that had awesome gym classes in which we got to roller skate, do gymnastics, and play on unicycles and stilts. I loved climbing trees, running fast, riding my bike all over the place, and jumping on trampolines. I loved playing. … Continue reading How Cultural Messages About Exercise Mess Us Up: Movement and Self-Love
The phrase politically correct is not new. I remember hearing people talk about political correctness in college in the nineties, and early in my professional career, I remember stumbling upon and enjoying the book Politically Correct Fairy Tales. The phrase itself has been around for quite a while. Everyone is Talking About Political Correctness Nevertheless, … Continue reading Why Criticizing Political Correctness is No Badge of Honor: Compassionate Language Matters
Most of us know theoretically that we are human beings; however, many of us still live unconsciously with expectations that we live and behave in a superhuman way. Human or Superhuman? To be human is to be finite, which means that we get sick, we make mistakes, we fail, we experience change, we experience loss … Continue reading Judgment or Compassion: Two Responses to the Pain of Being Human
What is this miracle? Where yesterday Barren tree limbs clawed the sky Now Green Buds Ornament these limbs Green now with grace, Pink cherry blossoms pop And birds rejoice Rebirth. ~Shelly Johnson
One of my main goals in life is to help girls, young women (and all women) feel peaceful in their bodies. Young girls and women struggle with body-anxiety and body-shame, and I believe this crushes our joy and dims our power. (You can read more about this here.) So, I believe it is really important … Continue reading Ten Things I Would Tell My Young Self About Bodies, Shame, and Love if I Could Travel Back in Time