The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

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Living a Spirit Felt Life

Have you ever felt like your were high on life? Thought all was as it should be? Had a deep and expansive sense all was incredibly well and all will be well?  Whether it was for a moment, minute, or month I hope you have.  In many ways, this sums up my general experience of life for … Continue reading Living a Spirit Felt Life

Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Isn't it interesting how much meaning and importance we put on numbers?  While on vacation for 2 weeks I didn't weigh myself once.  I say this because at home I weigh myself everyday, evaluating some of my health and vitality via a number.  While these digits can bring either sorrow or satisfaction, on vacation I … Continue reading Meditation on the Bliss of Being

Meditation on Remembering the Sacredness of Breath

I bet people who see me walking or running by think I'm one weird dude, with my frequent sighs, lip flutters, laughs, growls, mmm sounds, and deep breaths.  I bring that up to ask: What's "sacred" mean to you?  I'm willing to bet it's special.  It's not something neglected.  We view sacred things, times, places, … Continue reading Meditation on Remembering the Sacredness of Breath

Meditation on Allowing Life’s Small Specifics to be Gateways to Sacred Experiences

Growing up I was the good boy and my sister was the wild child.  YET, while outwardly I behaved "right", my insides were another story.  For instance, even as I entered my thirties I was pretty self-centered.  Then, as my marriage hit the rocks, realizing the hurt this inner disposition brought to my ex-wife broke … Continue reading Meditation on Allowing Life’s Small Specifics to be Gateways to Sacred Experiences

Meditation on Living and Breathing Contentment in All Situations

Yoga is SO much more than postures on a mat, it's practices for helping us become more fully and freely alive.  It's a path toward greater peace, joy, and love.  One of yoga's Niyamas, or inner-dispositions, for instance is Santosha.  Santosha is contentment, a deep and abiding sense that all is well and all will be well.  The … Continue reading Meditation on Living and Breathing Contentment in All Situations

7 Ways Mindful Breathing Will Wonderfully Change Your Life

“Breath is the way IN.” This mantra from Eoin Finn, founder of Blissology and one of my yoga teachers, sums up a practice that’s transformed my life, and very well could yours too: Mindful Breathing. Regularly pausing to breathe with intention is a gateway to all sorts of juicy awesomeness, infusing our minds with peace … Continue reading 7 Ways Mindful Breathing Will Wonderfully Change Your Life

Meditation on Quieting the Mind to Hear/Receive More Peace and Love

Mindfulness practices, like yoga, are medicine.  Preventative and restorative, life-giving medicine for our FULL selves: Body, mind, and spirit.  We journey inward to work through out schtuff, and as we listen to, soothe, and cleanse our hurts, sorrows, fears, and the like, we discover a precious jewel at the center of our being.  Maybe it's … Continue reading Meditation on Quieting the Mind to Hear/Receive More Peace and Love

Meditation on the Beautiful Inner Work of Yoga: Transformation and Peace

I think yoga invites us to practice a beautiful paradox.  Specifically, when we're on our mats practicing asana, or poses, ideally we attempt to do two mutually exclusive things in our minds.  First, as part of the work-IN, we observe the feelings, sensations, emotions, and stories in our body mind.  We get curious about why … Continue reading Meditation on the Beautiful Inner Work of Yoga: Transformation and Peace