Month: December 2017

Your Best Self

  As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. -Henry David Thoreau, from “Walden” Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond in Massachusetts, where he submersed himself in nature, and by living in quiet and introspection, he hoped to gain a more objective understanding of life. And here, we find one of his … Read More Your Best Self

Anxiety and Freedom

I see anxiety as a messenger, an important tool to help me know myself. Working WITH my anxiety in this way is new for me, as I have suppressed my negative feelings for almost all of my adult life…The idea here is to stop your brain from wrongly interpreting the sensations of anxiety as a threat and instead to trick your anxious mind into … Read More Anxiety and Freedom

Born Free

  Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau I’ve been thinking a lot about emotional and spiritual freedom lately. I agree with Rousseau that we are all born free, and I also agree that we allow ourselves to be emotionally, psychologically, spiritually enslaved. I think the reasons why we do this are multifaceted and complicated and outside the scope … Read More Born Free

Making the Unpleasant Pleasant

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. -Voltaire Having two inquisitive teenagers at home makes for very interesting dinner conversations. Of late, we have discussed how to tolerate the intolerant, why the Torah has laws we no longer follow, why slavery has ever been a part of our human history, and why evil exists. They want answers, but they aren’t satisfied … Read More Making the Unpleasant Pleasant