Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

I have a wildflower garden in my back yard, and when it is in full bloom, it attracts a lot of butterflies. All of the photos in this post are taken by me at home or on a walk. I get really excited about my butterflies every day, especially in the afternoon. The sun is… Continue reading Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

I have been building and walking labyrinths the last couple of weeks, and I love it. Spiral art, and I take labyrinths to be a type of spiral art, have long been a part of contemplative practice for both non-religious and religious people. I first started noticing spirals when I was researching art and culture… Continue reading Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Spirituality and Love

Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

One of the most loving and powerful things we can do for ourselves is develop a consistent contemplative practice. The phrase contemplative practice may sounds religious or mystical to you, and it can be both of these things, but don't worry: even if you are not religious and do not practice any faith, contemplative practices… Continue reading Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

Intentions and Prayers

An Intention or Prayer for Mindfulness

In case you are struggling with worry and rumination today, here is an intention or prayer to help you during this difficult time. You can read this silently or out loud to yourself as centering intention to help bring you back to the present moment. If you would like to turn it into a prayer,… Continue reading An Intention or Prayer for Mindfulness

Healing Difficult Emotions, Spirituality and Love

Prayer: When We Believe, When We Doubt, and When We Don’t Believe

I have long been fascinated by prayer. One reason for this, of course, is because prayer has been an important part of my life in one form or another since I was young. But I am also interested in prayer for another reason. Over the years at various times, I have heard stories of people… Continue reading Prayer: When We Believe, When We Doubt, and When We Don’t Believe

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

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

Connecting With Love Through Trust and Surrender: Step Five: Seven Steps to Love (Recovering from Self-Hate).

Step #5: I asked Love to show me how to connect with it and rest in it through trust and surrender. One of the most painful feelings we have is the feeling that we are alone and that it is all up to us. We often believe that we have to figure out everything on… Continue reading Connecting With Love Through Trust and Surrender: Step Five: Seven Steps to Love (Recovering from Self-Hate).

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Uncategorized

Why Listening To Your Dreams is an Excellent Idea

Sometimes we feel like listening to our dreams is a waste of time. On the contrary, listening to our dreams is a wonderful use of time. Our dreams are often a more robust, loving version of ourselves inviting us to be more fully alive. You are Using Your Time Well So imagine, dream, and listen.… Continue reading Why Listening To Your Dreams is an Excellent Idea