I can't smell. At all! Wouldn't that be weird? The craziest part is, after my surreal and nearly fatal hiking accident in 2008, it took more than a year to realize I couldn't smell anymore. THAT, is how POWERFUL our brains are! I expected to smell the coffee aromas at Starbucks, the fresh spring smells … Continue reading Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!
Hello Amazing Soul! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. One of my greatest joys in life is gazing in wonder at people close to me when they’re doing something that lights her/him up! My wife, Lisa, beams when she’s hosting, cooking, or after a good run or ride. While, Lara, my daughter, glows when she’s acting, showing … Continue reading The Pleasure Principle: How Balancing Your 5 Pleasure Centers Will Light Up Your Life
The other day, while Lisa was sharing with me her frustration over the baked bean dish she'd made not being ready in time for the party with friends she made it for, I kept reassuring her everything was okay, she'd done the best she could, and she didn't need to be upset. Maybe the third … Continue reading Feeling Freedom, A Gift of Living Yoga
Hello beautiful beings! I hope you’re having a fabulous day. While I was out for a run and listening to a podcast the other day, in a sermon I heard Greg Boyd say: Everything you need to know about life, others, yourself, and God is revealed by Jesus on the cross. This rang True to … Continue reading 5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death
What's one of your favorite words? One I especially adore, and have a tat of, is "shalom". While this Hebrew word is typically translated "peace", it also means wholeness, unity, and harmony. It's basically shorthand for "everything as it should be". Powerful stuff. Along those lines, I recall in seminary talking about the collective shalom brought by … Continue reading Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace
What do you think, or hope, happens after we die? Say we knew with 100% certainty what will occur, what would change for you here/now? While I don’t think that’s going to happen, I am convinced talking and sharing about death will make us less afraid, less anxious, and more loving now. While thinking about four … Continue reading What Might Happen After We Die and Why It Matters: Let’s Talk About Death Part 6
I don't know about you, but it's super easy for life's busyness, messages, and stresses to cause me to forget who I am, what life's about, and what's True about others. So, I figured I'd share 20 quick Truths I frequently remind myself, and others, about to help us center, calm, and celebrate (I'd love … Continue reading 20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life
I had big plans for this year! Exciting things that have been brewing for a while, like getting my book about my accident and the life-giving centrality of Love when it comes to life, relationships, and God published, as well as becoming a life coach. 6 months in, though, I've made like 1% progress on … Continue reading Meditation on the Lovingkindness Revolution!
I should have died 10.5 years ago when I was 33. Yet, as traumatic as this unreal experience was (the above pic of me in the ICU was 47 days AFTER my accident), I can honestly say it was an incredible gift. You see, it keeps death before my eyes, which, crazy as it might sound, … Continue reading Why Keeping Death Always Before Your Eyes Makes Life Better: Let’s Talk About Death Part 5
Do you ever have a thought or impulse that's inappropriate, uncomfortable, or "bad"? I know I do! The other day, one thought bubble led to another, and before I knew it, I was shocked and dismayed by the notion my mind had centered on. Before my inner shame police got too far into reading me … Continue reading Meditation on the Importance of Loving Our Messy Emotions