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

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

A Love Letter to Myself

If I had a life song, to this point I think it'd be "Never Enough" (from The Greatest Showman), because I can never do or achieve enough to satisfy myself.  Whether it's my weight on a scale, my pace for a run, how long I hold a handstand, my grades in a class, the "likes" I … Continue reading A Love Letter to Myself

What if We Lived “Namaste”?

What's inspiring and encouraging you these days?  While people in our hometown have always seemed friendly to me, since we started social distancing, those in Poulsbo have turned their friendliness volume up a couple notches.  I say this because every weekend Lisa and I have been going on long, four-mile walks, and time-and-again the people … Continue reading What if We Lived “Namaste”?

The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living

Cheers to you! My wife and I have been watching "The Good Place", a show about the afterlife.  In this poignant and hilarious show, a demon "breaks bad", people sent to hell get better, and they explore big topics like what makes a person "good" and what inspires one to become better.  It flips the … Continue reading The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living

Everyone Belongs, There’s More Than Enough

Cheers Beloved! My first memories are from Germany.  My dad was in the Army, so I lived in Western Germany twice before I turned 12.  Growing up in a foreign land, living under the threat of nuclear war, having to stay inside because of Chernobyl, watching soldiers with assault rifles protect my elementary school because of … Continue reading Everyone Belongs, There’s More Than Enough

Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

What do you do with your shame stories?  When my dad was a boy his father, who he had a special connection with, was killed overseas.  My mom was adopted and never met her bio parents.  When I was a boy my parents divorced, and since my dad was in the Army, I was separated … Continue reading Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

A Few Reminders to Brighten Your Day

No matter what faces you, YOU are enough! Regardless what the mirror says, You ARE beautiful! Amidst whatever feels fractured or incomplete, You are WHOLE! Whenever you feel or are rejected, You belong, just AS you are! Did you make a mistake or mess up? It's okay.  You're human. We ALL do! As insecurities, doubts, … Continue reading A Few Reminders to Brighten Your Day

Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

You know what helps me become less selfish and more giving?  My wife Lisa's love of my selfishness.  What I mean by this is Lisa loves ALL of me exactly as I am.  She accepts every single bit of me for no reason, which is what love does.  As a yoga teacher I end up … Continue reading Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

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