Intrinsic Worth, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Two Common Misunderstanding about Self-Love

I think about self-love a lot. And I believe there are two common misunderstandings we have about it. For example, sometimes we believe that to be lovable, we must do great and awesome things. We believe we must stand out from the crowd. For instance, we might believe we only deserve to love ourselves if… Continue reading Two Common Misunderstanding about Self-Love

Spirituality, What is Moral?

Two Mistakes We Often Make with Our Emotions

This week I was thinking about two mistakes we often make with our emotions. I was thinking about this because I am teaching ethics this semester (as I usually do). And one of the points I regularly make to my students is that our emotions are not a suitable sole foundation for moral decision-making. "Expressions… Continue reading Two Mistakes We Often Make with Our Emotions

Intrinsic Worth, Working With Painful Emotions

Why We Often Feel Bad About Ourselves

We often feel bad about ourselves. As a result, we often engage in painful habits and thought patterns connected with these negative feelings. For example, how often do you find yourself doing some or all the following things? Worrying about other people’s approval. Comparing yourself to other people. Trying to accomplish amazing things to earn… Continue reading Why We Often Feel Bad About Ourselves

Love is Stronger Updates, Writing and Blogging

My First Online Course and Visualization

I am really excited because I published my first recorded online course and visualization. The course is titled the Four Basic Truths, and you can find it here at Thinkific: The Four Basic Truths. The visualization is a ten-minute visualization called The Greatest Grocery store that helps you connect to and nurture your spirituality. You… Continue reading My First Online Course and Visualization

Intrinsic Worth

Our Wise and Wounded Self (and Why This Matters)

The older I get, the more I realize that all of us have a Wise and Wounded Self. And understanding these different selves can be helpful for a variety of reasons. You probably haven’t thought much about your Wise and Wounded Self. After all, I made up these terms. However, you are probably more aware… Continue reading Our Wise and Wounded Self (and Why This Matters)

Peaceful Thoughts and Affirmations, Practices for Cultivating Love, Resilience

Can Cultivating Positive Emotions Help You Succeed?

So, here’s a question: Can cultivating positive emotions help you succeed? I am going to answer this question shortly, but first I have a favor to ask. Please pause  for a moment and think of something you saw or experienced recently that delighted you or gave you joy. Think about it for about thirty seconds… Continue reading Can Cultivating Positive Emotions Help You Succeed?

Philosophy is for Everyone, Reason and Respect, What is Just?

A Surprising Thing about Moral Disagreements

Moral disagreements are a common part of life. But there is something very surprising about moral disagreements that we often don’t realize. To illustrate this, allow me to present you with a thought experiment.[1] Please imagine these four people: Person #1: Jill believes X is the moral thing to do. Now, Jill truly cares about… Continue reading A Surprising Thing about Moral Disagreements

Reason and Respect

How the Either-Or Fallacy Confuses Our Thinking

This post is about the Either-Or fallacy. A fallacy is a type of common faulty argument. And it’s important to be aware of common logical  fallacies because arguments containing such fallacies often sound very convincing. However, they contain poor logic, and so they confuse and muddle our thinking. Regarding the Either-Or Fallacy specifically, when someone… Continue reading How the Either-Or Fallacy Confuses Our Thinking