When my wife and I saw "Just Mercy", a movie based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson fighting for people unjustly convicted or sentenced, my eyes teared and heart ached the entire movie. We have this "interesting" human tendency where instead of doing the hard work to face and heal an issue head-on, we put … Continue reading Just Mercy: Healing Ourselves and Our Country
I wonder if you can relate to this: In my mid teens I couldn’t wait to be able to drive. In high school I longed for college. At university I was anxious to graduate, move out of my parents’ house, and get a "real" job. As a single man I couldn’t wait to get married. … Continue reading How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering
One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany. From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives. So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer
What lights you up like a perfectly decked out Christmas tree? What makes work and chores easy or fun? What brings meaning to your life, or is your purpose? In "As You Think", philosopher and author James Allen says: "You will become as great as your dominant aspiration. ... If you cherish a vision, a lofty … Continue reading What Lights You Up?
Cheers friend! After an incredible night eating, drinking, and connecting with friends, when we got home at 10pm I told Lisa I'd clean the kitchen up, take the dog out, and get the coffee ready so she could go straight to bed, since she would get up at 430am the next day to meet a friend … Continue reading How Silence & Thinking Less is the Path to Greater Love, Unity, & Wholeness
Cheers! Do you have any "silly" or interesting rituals, like when kids try to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks? When it comes to my Seahawks fandom, I'm pretty ridiculous because I "know" my actions throughout the week impact the game. I'll hold yoga poses for 12 counts, dry my hair to multiples of 12, schedule … Continue reading Get Your Shine On!
Cheers! Even though it's been nearly seven years and I'm incredibly happily remarried, I still sometimes feel DEEPLY hurt by and confused why my second wife left me. By the conventional wisdom that good deeds are rewarded and bad punished, we'd have stayed together. What's more, it's the same story if one went by my … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Love for NO Reason
Happy 2020!!! During this coming year: May you be rich with Love, be extravagant with kindness, and shine like a star! May you experience profound peace, life-giving connection, and infinite grace. I pray your successes are many and failures are the fertile soil for growing into amazingness! With all my heart I hope the months … Continue reading A Blessing for 2020
Cheers! Even though the Seahawks literally lost to the 49ers in a heartbreaking manner, as we left the game, I told Lisa I felt like we won. In the purity of that moment, I believe my heart was speaking from a bigger and more True place. And, while it's my jam, I'm not talking about … Continue reading Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities
Cheers! Why has Mary, Jesus' mom, fascinated so many people for so long? Why do some of our notions about her border on mythological and magical? Similarly, when it comes to Mary Magdalene, why do Dan Brown (and others) speculate she was married to Jesus? There's something about "Mary", and it seems to me they provide … Continue reading The Gospel of Mary