Blog & Yoga Tips/Tools

The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Ten years ago today I should have died.  In a freak family hiking accident, I slipped, slid, and plummeted THIRTY FEET headfirst off a cliff onto a boulder.  In reflecting on this traumatic event, I can truthfully say this horror has been transformed into one of the best things that ever happened to me.  It … Continue reading The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

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Meditation on Breathing Love

Have you ever said something hurtful or dumb, and wished you could hit the rewind button to make it so the words never came out?  As Lisa and I watched the Seahawks game, while I was taunting the other team for frequently complaining to the refs over trivial things (my first mistake), I called them … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Love

Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23

I’ve had the weirdest experience in my 40s that maybe you can relate to, perhaps you haven’t gotten that “old” yet, or it could be I’m a bit crazy. 🙂 I can’t tell you how many times a saying, an idea, a belief, a story, and so on that had become old hat, trite, cliché, … Continue reading Beauty and Love Stalk Us: A Few Thoughts on the Mind-Blowing Good News of Psalm 23

Meditation on Harmonizing Our Head and Heart to Care for Others

We have a sacred responsibility to care for one another.  We belong to each other.  I say this more than anything because I need the reminder and encouragement.  You see, as some of my friends share about their parents needing extra attention and care due to age and/or illness, I imagine having to tend regularly to … Continue reading Meditation on Harmonizing Our Head and Heart to Care for Others

My Resolution to Cry More, The Link Between Tears and Porn, and Shifting from Objectification to Subject-Relation

Even though it’s not New Years or anything, the other day I made a resolution: Cry More. I resolve to cry more.  While society teaches us (especially men) to NEVER weep, a couple of years ago yoga teacher and friend, Meghan Currie, helpfully encouraged us instead of fighting back and holding our tears, to let them … Continue reading My Resolution to Cry More, The Link Between Tears and Porn, and Shifting from Objectification to Subject-Relation

How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

While it’s kind of cool I can do fancy yoga poses most people would never dream of doing, do you know what’s truly SUPER cool?  You and I using our voices to increase Love! My wife Lisa and I went and saw “A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga the other day and … Continue reading How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

What do you and I do with suffering?  There is SO MUCH hurt, fear, and pain in the world.  Even when my family, friends, and I are doing great, watching the news, reading the headlines, and so on brings me face to face with sorrow.  It's unavoidable.  My bias is to ignore it, make a … Continue reading Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

Listen to Your Body It’s Wise

Listen to your body it's wise!  The other night it wasn't bed time yet, but my wife and I felt unusually tired so we went to sleep early, and woke up for work feeling great.  My calf tightened up on a run last week, and this message from my body has helped me see the many … Continue reading Listen to Your Body It’s Wise

Redefining Success: Trading Achievements for Connection and Selfless Service

How do you define “success”?  What makes a day successful for you?  I struggle with feeling like my day was a failure unless I get a bunch of “stuff” done.  Do you know what I mean?  Starting and finishing projects, making plans, writing, building things, and so on are all important and matter … YET, … Continue reading Redefining Success: Trading Achievements for Connection and Selfless Service

How Following the Humble, Weak, and Vulnerable God Will Change Us for the Better

In the past I worshipped strength, power, possessions, victory, being correct, position, esteem, and so on.  Not only is this what American culture tells us to do, it was effectively the sum total of my image of God.  As I hopefully get wiser, I increasingly find this axiom to be True: We are each deeply … Continue reading How Following the Humble, Weak, and Vulnerable God Will Change Us for the Better