Blog & Yoga Tips/Tools

A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

As I made the horrifying transition into puberty, marked by the beginning of middle school, my family both moved from Germany to Washington state and fell apart, as after years of struggle my parents decided to get a divorce.  The Army was reassigning my dad to California, so this meant he’d be largely absent, as … Continue reading A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

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Meditation on Breathe and Be to Connect to Big Bliss

In yoga we generally end our practice with Namaste, meaning "the Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you."  This sweet, yet radical reminder mirrors my Christian tradition in that Namaste declares EACH of us has divine beauty, eliminates the borders between and within us, proclaims everyone essentially and fundamentally precious and good, and eliminates any … Continue reading Meditation on Breathe and Be to Connect to Big Bliss

“You are NOT Broken, You are BELOVED” – God: The Gospel of Forgiveness

Central to the Good News of Jesus the Christ is forgiveness.  But, what does that mean?  Let’s start with unforgivness.  To be unforgiven (in its fullest sense) is to be cut off, excluded, removed, named unworthy, seen as broken, and deemed unloved. Conversely, then, to be forgiven is to be integrated, included, embraced, named as precious, … Continue reading “You are NOT Broken, You are BELOVED” – God: The Gospel of Forgiveness

Why Pray? Relationship.

Do you pray?  Why?  I’ve been Christian my whole life and grew up with a good bit of obligation, “should”, and “ought to” when it came to my faith, so for a good bit of time I prayed because I was supposed to.  God expected us to pray, so I did.  Yet, it was often … Continue reading Why Pray? Relationship.

Dance of Delight: A 35-Minute, All-Levels Yoga Practice

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me when I was going to record a 30-minute class for him to do in the mornings. Inspired by his request, I developed Dance of Delight. This fun, 35-minute, all-levels flow designed to open your mind, body, and spirit in the most delightful way. This is … Continue reading Dance of Delight: A 35-Minute, All-Levels Yoga Practice

Meditation on Gardening Our Thoughts, Because We Become What We Think

When you want to cook a great meal you use great ingredients, right?  Likewise, a good outfit is made of good clothes and a high quality home is formed by quality materials.  Along the same lines: If we want a fabulous life, we need to think wonderful thoughts, because we become what we think.  The problem … Continue reading Meditation on Gardening Our Thoughts, Because We Become What We Think

Crazy Christianity: The Life Changing Beauty of the East’s Easter

Have you ever had news that was SO exciting and AMAZING that you couldn’t wait to share it with others? That’s how I feel about the Eastern Orthodox Church’s take on Easter! This is the kind of beautiful, mind-blowing Truth that has the power to change lives in the most incredible ways. Now, I don’t … Continue reading Crazy Christianity: The Life Changing Beauty of the East’s Easter

“Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

In a world of tension and breakdown, it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner-lives not by avoiding anguish and running away from problems, but by facing them in their naked reality in their ordinariness. - Thomas Merton   We had a saying in the Air Force that’s stuck … Continue reading “Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

Beautiful Living is Learning to Surf the Waves of Life

On top of life's Ocean of Love there are lots of waves, and while we can't stop them, we can learn to surf; so let's get our wakeboards of bliss out and start paddling! I read a great story about this that I share in my short video blog below, so I hope you check … Continue reading Beautiful Living is Learning to Surf the Waves of Life

Meditation on Cultivating Equanimity in the Face of Life’s Ups & Downs: Gaining a Deeper Bliss

Love is the deeper energy and glue of life.  It's the Ocean we all swim in.  Think about it, planets rotate around stars, moons are drawn to planets, animals gather in packs, cells join together to make organisms, humans form families and communities, and so on.  Reality is a team sport wherein everything gives of … Continue reading Meditation on Cultivating Equanimity in the Face of Life’s Ups & Downs: Gaining a Deeper Bliss