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Meditation on Seeing Ourselves and Others as Masterpieces

For a long time I felt pretty dope in Warrior 2; like I was a hero from Lord of the Rings.  Then, one day at a studio with mirrors I saw myself in the pose, and my jaw dropped open in horror.  While I felt strong and electrified, that's NOT how I appeared to myself … Continue reading Meditation on Seeing Ourselves and Others as Masterpieces

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The Importance of Letting Our Life Speak

Aren't the twists and turns of life crazy?  Five years ago in seminary, I planned to help change thousands of lives by preaching Good News to people.  Instead, I'm teaching yoga and have a MUCH smaller circle of influence.  Yet, I can't tell you how many students express their deep appreciation for me.  I don't … Continue reading The Importance of Letting Our Life Speak

Who are YOU? How Finding Our Identity in Christ Saves Us

Have you ever wanted to die?  I distinctly remember sitting on a plane preparing for landing, when it hit a patch of turbulence that jerked us so violently it seemed we would crash.  As the other passengers' faces turned to horror with loud gasps and cries, all I could think was: "Yes! Thank God I'm … Continue reading Who are YOU? How Finding Our Identity in Christ Saves Us

Meditation on Changing Our Minds By Developing Groovier Thinking Patterns

I used to struggle A LOT with being defensive.  I would refute or argue most feedback or critiques from people close to me.  Likewise, if someone didn't agree with my take on things in beliefs, politics, sports, etc., instead of listening to their view and maybe letting my mind be changed, I'd double down on … Continue reading Meditation on Changing Our Minds By Developing Groovier Thinking Patterns

What > Why: Why Life and God Don’t Often Tell Us Why Bad Things Happen

I never got a real answer for why my second wife left me, which, as you might imagine, amplified the heartbreak quite a bit.  Likewise, nearly 10 years ago in a freak family-hiking accident I slipped, slid, and fell 30 feet off a cliff onto a boulder headfirst.  I SHOULD have died, but didn’t, YET … Continue reading What > Why: Why Life and God Don’t Often Tell Us Why Bad Things Happen

How Does “Anger” Belong When Love is the Point?

Even though it’s been five years and I’m incredibly happy, I’m still sometimes quite pissed at my second wife for divorcing me. In a righteous anger sort of way. After this year’s event marking the fiftieth anniversary of MLK Jr.’s death, an observer noted how “angry” some of the black speakers seemed in contrast to white presenters’ … Continue reading How Does “Anger” Belong When Love is the Point?

Meditation on Allowing Life’s Small Specifics to be Gateways to Sacred Experiences

Growing up I was the good boy and my sister was the wild child.  YET, while outwardly I behaved "right", my insides were another story.  For instance, even as I entered my thirties I was pretty self-centered.  Then, as my marriage hit the rocks, realizing the hurt this inner disposition brought to my ex-wife broke … Continue reading Meditation on Allowing Life’s Small Specifics to be Gateways to Sacred Experiences

Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World

There I was, minding my own business thinking about how awesome heaven was going to be after I died when a voice in my head said: What if that’s NOT where you go?  Another voice added: I think death is the end period. Still another thought came wondering: How can any of us know what happens?  … Continue reading Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World

The Gospel of Snuggling

In the stillness and quiet of my first waking moments, I like to begin my day by listening to Spirit for a word or image to center my day on.  While it’s usually things like joy, curiosity, care, calm, and the like, the other day, much to my surprise it was SNUGGLE.  With a laugh … Continue reading The Gospel of Snuggling

Meditation on Attuning to the Deep Rhythms of Kindness, Care, and Peace

Remember the song "Don't Worry BE Happy"?  Did you know Jesus says much the same thing?  While I've been crazy for Christ my whole life, I feel like in many ways I've only recently come to "get" Him.  For instance, He implores us to "not worry about" our lives, because "can any of you by … Continue reading Meditation on Attuning to the Deep Rhythms of Kindness, Care, and Peace