Poetry

When the World is Our Garbage Can: A Poem

This poem was inspired by an actual event I witnessed the other day. "When the World is Our Garbage Can" And just as I drove by The speeding truck, He threw his plastic slurpy cup Out the window And it landed on the street,  Red sugar chemicals gashing Across the pavement, Like the world was… Continue reading When the World is Our Garbage Can: A Poem

Politics and Love

Zombies, Imitation and Apocalypse, and the Resurrection

I have had zombies on the brain recently. I am teaching a philosophy of zombies class this summer at a local college, and I have really enjoyed planning the class. Philosophers have long been fascinated with zombies because the zombie phenomenon tells us interesting things about the connection between our mind and body and about… Continue reading Zombies, Imitation and Apocalypse, and the Resurrection

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion, Uncategorized

Rules, Rules, Rules: Getting Rid of Worn-Out Rules and Embracing New Ones

I have been thinking a lot about rules lately. Specifically, I have been thinking about the rules I used to follow—and that often made me miserable. I have also been thinking about new rules that I have embraced and that I follow now. They have made an extremely positive difference in my life. Here are… Continue reading Rules, Rules, Rules: Getting Rid of Worn-Out Rules and Embracing New Ones

Poetry, Uncategorized

“Aporia”

I used to be so certain, And now I’m not so sure. And suddenly people have emerged Where only caricatures walked before, Playing predictable roles.   I used to be so certain, And now I’m not so sure. And suddenly problems have emerged, Where formulas assuaged before, Promising cheap success.   I used to be… Continue reading “Aporia”

Healing Difficult Emotions, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion, Uncategorized

Letting Go of Self-Hate: Seven Steps to Love

What if someone  told you, "You are worthy right now, just as you are"? If you are like a lot of people, including myself sometimes, that statement makes you really uncomfortable. You might even feel angry or disgusted with it. Perhaps you think to yourself, "There is no way I am worthy right now." Believing… Continue reading Letting Go of Self-Hate: Seven Steps to Love

Self-compassion, Uncategorized

The Great Love Story: Healing Shame by Exchanging the Do Enough Myth for a New Story

The Do Enough Myth is one of the most common causes of shame in our lives, and this is not at all surprising when we understand what The Do Enough Myth teaches. Here are the key ideas of this myth: You are not born lovable, valuable, and worthy. You must prove your worth in order… Continue reading The Great Love Story: Healing Shame by Exchanging the Do Enough Myth for a New Story

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion

What Peregrina Forgot: A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Peregrina. Peregrina was from a different planet—a planet called Phosimare­­—only she did not realize this. When she was too young to remember, Peregrina fell to another planet, the Planet Oge. She did not remember this happening, and Peregrina grew up thinking she was from the planet… Continue reading What Peregrina Forgot: A Fairy Tale