Play, Playfulness, Uncategorized

Playfulness and Performance: Two Modes of Living

Lately I have been thinking a lot about playfulness and performance, which are two different modes of living. Playfulness and Performance When we are playful, we become joyfully caught up in the moment, focused on what we are doing for its own sake, [1] rather than focusing merely (or primarily) on what we gain from the… Continue reading Playfulness and Performance: Two Modes of Living

Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Stories We Tell Ourselves and Why They Matter

Every day we tell ourselves stories about our own self and our life. And these stories matter greatly. They greatly affect our mood, our view of ourselves, and our ability to see life clearly. Let me give you an example from my own life. I have a diastema, which is a fancy name for a… Continue reading Stories We Tell Ourselves and Why They Matter

Politics and Love

People First Politics: Something to Get Excited About

“To be human is to engage in relationships with others and with the world.” Paulo Freire[1] Recently I have been thinking about something I call “People First Politics”. I’m pretty excited about it. People First Politics is a name I came up with, but the ideas behind it have a long and noble heritage. (You… Continue reading People First Politics: Something to Get Excited About

Politics and Love, Uncategorized

What I Learned Teaching African Philosophy This Semester

I have recently been experiencing some painful and joyful personal growth. This semester, I have been teaching an independent study on African philosophy with two young women. This was our anthology, which I highly recommend. They have taught me so much. We finished our independent study the other day by watching the movie Judas and the… Continue reading What I Learned Teaching African Philosophy This Semester

Intentions and Prayers

An Intention or Prayer: When You Feel Aimless and Lonely

This is an intention or prayer for when you feel aimless and lonely. Sometimes we don't know what we are doing, and we feel alone. Perhaps we aren't sure what our purpose in life is and because of this, we feel adrift and isolated. These feelings happen to everyone, including me, sometimes. If you are… Continue reading An Intention or Prayer: When You Feel Aimless and Lonely

Logic with Love, Morality, Ethics, and Love, Philosophy and Love, Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Should We Tolerate Everything?

One of the hallmarks of the U.S.[1], ideally, is that we tolerate diversity of ideas.[2] Because of this, we have a long-standing tradition of tolerating a variety of religions, ideas, beliefs, and lifestyles in our public life. We understand that not everyone agrees with what everyone else believes or thinks. And we believe, nonetheless, that… Continue reading Should We Tolerate Everything?