Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

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

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What Might Happen After We Die and Why It Matters: Let’s Talk About Death Part 6

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

20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life

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

Meditation on the Lovingkindness Revolution!

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!

Why Keeping Death Always Before Your Eyes Makes Life Better: Let’s Talk About Death Part 5

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

Meditation on the Importance of Loving Our Messy Emotions

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

The Freedom of Dying BEFORE You Die: Let’s Talk About Death Part 4

Many of the people I know who are most ALIVE and JOYOUS are those who’ve lost the most.  For instance, by the time she was 4, my 14 year-old daughter’s parents had divorced, her dad had been in the hospital for 6 months after he should have died, she’d moved across the country, and her … Continue reading The Freedom of Dying BEFORE You Die: Let’s Talk About Death Part 4

Don’t just DO something, SIT There

I've been a runner for nearly 30 years.  And for as long as I can remember, I've measured my success by numbers, going far and fast.  As an enthusiast, my natural bias is to do ALL the things quickly.  That's why Lisa, Lara, and I's weekends generally get packed full of goodness.  Recently, though, Spirit … Continue reading Don’t just DO something, SIT There

The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

Our stories contain endless depths to explore and lessons to learn.  For instance, I just realized a powerful new life lesson from two of the worst moments in my life. I distinctly remember sitting on a plane 13 years ago and experiencing by far the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt (and I’ve flown several hundred … Continue reading The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

Love Lacks Labels

There are moments when I see the essence of my wife Lisa.  The radiance of her being is so beautiful even the best poetry would fall short of capturing her. Likewise, there are instances when the lines between us blur, blend, and vanish.  Our connection is so rich I can't tell where "I" stop and … Continue reading Love Lacks Labels