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

An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles

As long as a single person is lost, I am lost. To try to save myself by getting free from the mass of the damned (Augustine’s massa damnata), and becoming good by myself, is to be both damned and absurd—as well as antichrist. Christ descended into hell to show that He willed to be lost … Continue reading An Exceedingly Helpful Tip for Ending Our Blame and Shame Cycles

The Gospel of Snuggling

In the stillness and quiet of my first waking moments, I like to begin my day by listening to Spirit for a word or image to center my day on.  While it’s usually things like joy, curiosity, care, calm, and the like, the other day, much to my surprise it was SNUGGLE.  With a laugh … Continue reading The Gospel of Snuggling

A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

As I made the horrifying transition into puberty, marked by the beginning of middle school, my family both moved from Germany to Washington state and fell apart, as after years of struggle my parents decided to get a divorce.  The Army was reassigning my dad to California, so this meant he’d be largely absent, as … Continue reading A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

“You are NOT Broken, You are BELOVED” – God: The Gospel of Forgiveness

Central to the Good News of Jesus the Christ is forgiveness.  But, what does that mean?  Let’s start with unforgivness.  To be unforgiven (in its fullest sense) is to be cut off, excluded, removed, named unworthy, seen as broken, and deemed unloved. Conversely, then, to be forgiven is to be integrated, included, embraced, named as precious, … Continue reading “You are NOT Broken, You are BELOVED” – God: The Gospel of Forgiveness

The Secret to a Wonderful Life: Lose Your Life to Gain It

Failure can become our most powerful path to learning if we’re willing to choose courage over comfort. - Brené Brown   What’s the point of life? What makes for a great life? WHO are YOU when all is said and done, at the center of your being? Today it seems to me a key to … Continue reading The Secret to a Wonderful Life: Lose Your Life to Gain It