Blog & Yoga Tips/Tools

A Letter to a Concerned Friend on How/Why Christ Still Means EVERYTHING to Me

I've been a Christian my whole life.  As a young adult and into the onset of my thirties, I was of the Evangelical and conservative sort, generally speaking.  It seems as life happened and things got real, my beliefs shifted and changed.  To make a long story short, and to greatly oversimplify for the sake … Continue reading A Letter to a Concerned Friend on How/Why Christ Still Means EVERYTHING to Me

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Meditation on Thinking, Speaking, and Living with a “Smile”

Today I invite us to practice being viruses 😉 ... what I mean by that is I encourage us to start an epidemic of bliss!  Have you ever noticed how your thinking influences your actions, which affect others, just as their doings impacts you?  Think of a get together where one person started ranting or … Continue reading Meditation on Thinking, Speaking, and Living with a “Smile”

LOVE is the Answer: Making Sense of the Florida School Shooting

As I invited my yoga students to some intention in their practice and day yesterday afternoon, I offered the following perspective: Heaven is less of a destination and more what we do and experience NOW. So, what actions and thoughts can you cultivate to bring more heaven to earth for you and others right here … Continue reading LOVE is the Answer: Making Sense of the Florida School Shooting

Meditation on How to Truly Give “110%”: Cultivating Yin AND Yang Energies

We all know we can't literally "give 110%", even though we say we're going to when we want to dig deep ... BUT, what if we could?  I realized some years ago EACH of us has a masculine AND a feminine "side", regardless of our gender we have some of both.  The yogis talked about … Continue reading Meditation on How to Truly Give “110%”: Cultivating Yin AND Yang Energies

7 Ways Mindful Breathing Will Wonderfully Change Your Life

“Breath is boss.” This mantra from Meghan Currie, one of my yoga teachers, sums up a practice that’s transformed my life, and very well could yours too: Mindful Breathing. Regularly pausing to breathe with intention is a gateway to all sorts of juicy awesomeness, infusing our minds with peace and hearts with joy. I think … Continue reading 7 Ways Mindful Breathing Will Wonderfully Change Your Life

Meditation on Transforming Our Suffering: Becoming Better Instead of Bitter

LIFE IS HARD.  I think we all realize this sooner or later with death, abuse, loss, unemployment, miscarriage, severe illness, addiction, and so on.  On this topic, author and spiritual sage Richard Rohr observes: "The Buddha said again and again, 'I teach only suffering and the transformation of suffering.'  As I often say: If you do not transform … Continue reading Meditation on Transforming Our Suffering: Becoming Better Instead of Bitter

A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

We become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale   Recently a friend of mine was having a REALLY hard day and tearfully shared with me: “What is WRONG with ME?” The story isn’t mine to tell, so I’ll just say my confidant was heartbroken and disoriented. As we talked for a while my heart … Continue reading A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love

Meditation on Loving Yourself to Love Others, Because There’s No Difference/Separation

You know how a new way of seeing or hearing something can shift your thinking and change your life?  A phrase from movement therapist, yoga teacher, and author Donna Farhi might do that for me.  She talks about "the One All", which is a quick way of saying all humanity is linked to each other … Continue reading Meditation on Loving Yourself to Love Others, Because There’s No Difference/Separation

What We “See” is What We Get and Become: How I’m Learning Seeing Everything and Everyone as a Gift Brings Heaven to Earth

This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new. … Thy infinite gifts come to me only on those very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still … Continue reading What We “See” is What We Get and Become: How I’m Learning Seeing Everything and Everyone as a Gift Brings Heaven to Earth

Meditation on BLISS: Beautiful Living is Super Simple

Every week I write a short meditation for my yoga classes (like this) that I post here, plus a longer blog post.  Last week's blog was: Practices, Rituals, and Routines for Staying and Growing in Awesomeness, ESPECIALLY When Things Get Crazy.  After reading it, my wife Lisa said she would have liked to hear more … Continue reading Meditation on BLISS: Beautiful Living is Super Simple