Spirituality, What is Just?, What is True?

Why I am a Christian but Not a Christian Nationalist

I want to write about why I am a Christian but not a Christian nationalist. First, I want to beg pardon of all my non-Christian and non-religious readers. This blog post will certainly have a lot of Christianity and spirituality in it. I still hope you find something valuable in the post. So, let me… Continue reading Why I am a Christian but Not a Christian Nationalist

Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Do We Have a True Self and False Self?

I once heard someone talk about our True Self and a false self. And I sensed that they were talking about something important. But I didn’t completely understand the concept at the time. Recently I was reading some of the work of psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm. His writing can be helpful in illuminating the… Continue reading Do We Have a True Self and False Self?

Spirituality, What is Good?

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

Contemplative Practice, Spirituality

Spirituality: Why It’s for Everyone

Spirituality is for everyone. But we often don’t realize this because we hear very little about spirituality, or we get confusing messages about it. People define spirituality in different ways, but in this post, I define our spirituality as that part of us that that helps us connect with our higher self. We may conceive… Continue reading Spirituality: Why It’s for Everyone

Intentions and Prayers

An Intention or Prayer for Understanding Connection

We long for connection, even though we don't always realize it. And that connection is connection with ourselves, with others, with nature, and with a Higher Wisdom. If it feels comfortable to you, you can think of this Higher Wisdom as the Divine. Or you can think of it as the highest expression of constructive… Continue reading An Intention or Prayer for Understanding Connection