Over 85% of girls and women in America hate or strongly dislike their bodies. This is a statistic I heard years ago, and it greatly trouble me. Why do so many women hate their bodies? I wondered Why can’t we love ourselves? Why does body loathing afflict women so disproportionately? (This post is geared primarily towards … Continue reading What to Do When You Hate Your Body
It is my one-year blogiversary, and occasionally my blog terrifies me. Do not get me wrong. I love writing my blog. I am often surprised by how much I love it. (Here is my very first post.) Blogging Fear But I also often feel terrified because, for the most part, I don’t really know what … Continue reading On Fear, Finding Purpose, and the Gifts of Walking Through the Fog: My One-Year Blogiversary
When people want to dominate, control, and silence women, they shame their bodies. This is often effective. Body shame shuts down women. Why does this happen? Malignant Messages Women receive messages all the time that their worth as a person is directly tied to arbitrary standards of beauty that someone else decides for them. Women … Continue reading On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame
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?
Here is a Sunday intention or prayer for cultivating your light and wisdom. I have addressed this prayer to "Divine Love" because one of the most common ideas in all religions is that God is Love and that Love is God's defining quality. Therefore, I hope this prayer is helpful to people of all faiths … Continue reading Intention or Prayer for Growing in Light and Wisdom
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