Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

What is justice? Like real, life-giving, healing, and unity-building justice? Recently, "No justice, no peace" is one of the sayings going around in the peaceful demonstrations and posts. I don't know about you, but justice as punishment, finger-pointing, and shame (go to forms), has never helped me. Quite the opposite, actually. I think of my 15-year … Continue reading Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?

When life, or the world, gets crazy, what keeps you centered, hopeful, and Loving? I could be wrong, but it seems to me we're like satellites, and without something Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Beyond our small selves to orbit around, we go careening off into space or crash into the ground like a satellite that's lost its … Continue reading What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Let Go and Let Love

For as long as I can remember, I've measured success by numbers. My score on a test, rank in a class or on a performance report, weight on the scale, speed for a run, number of students in my class, the number of "likes" on a post, the bottles of wine we own, and so … Continue reading Let Go and Let Love

Imagining a Better Future

Heaven begins in our imagination. My wife and I became soulmates because we first imagined it, any personal growth starts first in our mind's eye, new projects and adventures begin first in our brain's creativity, MLK Jr.'s vision for a better nation and world started as a Dream that's both made a definite difference and is … Continue reading Imagining a Better Future

Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout

Kindness = Happiness. I don't think this mantra we have in Blissology could be more accurate overall, or more appropriate for the times we're in. The Gottman Institute is a group of relational experts led by a husband and wife who've devoted their lives to studying and sharing what makes or breaks relationships. While they say … Continue reading Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout

Slaying Our Demons with Understanding and Kindness

You know how in our era of rationality and logic it's easy to dismiss those who freely and fully believe(d) in angels and demons as "simple"? I wonder if they might be the wise ones! Whether literal or not, isn't there something demonic about the pull and power of excessive, repetitive, or controlling Want, Wealth, … Continue reading Slaying Our Demons with Understanding and Kindness

“God”, a Word for That Which is Beyond Words

The first time I heard someone say our words and titles for "God" are really just metaphors I was a bit taken aback.  Yet, the more I ponder, practice, and experience, the more I find this to be True and helpful.  After all, as Augustine said, "If you comprehend it, it is not God."  The Divine, … Continue reading “God”, a Word for That Which is Beyond Words

Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

What does the cross and Easter mean to you?  There are SO many theories and such a variety of beliefs, it's almost as if the cross's impact is too poignant and powerful for words!  In this year of seeing things clearly (2020), I'm choosing to meditate on and be enlivened by three main meanings Jesus gave it, … Continue reading Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

Letting Our Light Shine: Awakening to the Love Within & Without

As I've been witnessing the outpouring of kindness, compassion, humor, giving, understanding, and togetherness, amazing people like YOU have been sharing since the pandemic turned our worlds upside down, I realized: We're collectively making Love.  Not the way we usually use the phrase, but in its literal, and original sense.  We're making, creating, expanding, increasing, and growing Big Love, … Continue reading Letting Our Light Shine: Awakening to the Love Within & Without

Suffering’s Gift

I believe we're in a sacred, powerful, and beautiful moment of collective transformation now.  As tragic as the Coronavirus pandemic is, it's gift can be exponentially more beneficial.  I say this sincerely and confidently because each time I've walked the road of soul-shivering suffering, be it a divorce that shook my beliefs and world view, an accident that … Continue reading Suffering’s Gift