Spirituality and Love

A Prayer for Illumination

Here is an intention/prayer for illumination. If you believe in God, you can use this as a prayer. If you do not believe in God, you can use it as an intention: "May those who feel lost have guidance..."   If you enjoyed these intentions or prayers, you might also enjoy these: An Intention or… Continue reading A Prayer for Illumination

Spirituality and Love, Uncategorized

An Intention/Prayer for the Broken-Hearted

Over the years, I have been helped tremendously by intentions or prayers that other people have written. Lately, I have been writing my own. This is an intention/prayer I wrote for the broken-hearted. If you believe in God, you can use this as a prayer. If you do not believe in God, you can use… Continue reading An Intention/Prayer for the Broken-Hearted

Poetry, Practices for Cultivating Love

“The Philosopher’s Stone”: a Poem

This is a poem I wrote several years ago during a period of healing transformation in my life. Although this is a poem about  my life, I  think it is actually a poem about all of our lives: "The Philosopher's Stone" Long after the Ancient Chemist Set aside his trade, I found the Philosopher’s Stone… Continue reading “The Philosopher’s Stone”: a Poem

Politics and Love, Self-compassion

Is Love Enough?

There is Something Powerful About Love The Beatles wrote "All You Need is Love." St. Augustine wrote "Love God and do whatever you please." Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37 that the two greatest commands are “to love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh… Continue reading Is Love Enough?

Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Intention or Prayer for Growing in Light and Wisdom

Here is a Sunday intention or prayer for cultivating your light and wisdom. I have addressed this prayer to "Divine Love" because one of the most common ideas in all religions is that God is Love and that Love is God's defining quality. Therefore, I hope this prayer is helpful to people of all faiths… Continue reading Intention or Prayer for Growing in Light and Wisdom

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

Six Ways To Feel More Confident When You are Having a Rough Day

Wanted: Confidence Elixir Confidence makes us feel like rock stars. When we feel confident, we feel energized and ready to tackle whatever life throws at us. On the other hand, when we lose our confidence, we feel shrunken and shriveled, and we want to hide. At times like this, we wish we had a confidence… Continue reading Six Ways To Feel More Confident When You are Having a Rough Day

Education and Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

The Love We Have Been Looking For

This post is about the love we have been looking for. And it starts with a lesson that some middle school students once taught me. Dignity and Respect Middle school students taught me some of the most important things I know about love. Before becoming a college philosophy instructor , I was a middle school… Continue reading The Love We Have Been Looking For

Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Politics and Love, Self-compassion

Dealing With Painful Emotions in a Loving Way: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Hopeless

Suffering and pain are an inescapable part of the human condition. Given that, sometimes it seems like having a positive outlook is delusional, naïve, or even irresponsible. I have come to believe, however, that having a positive outlook is one of the most helpful things in life. Adopting such an outlook is not naïve or… Continue reading Dealing With Painful Emotions in a Loving Way: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Hopeless