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

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Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

Teaching yoga I get to regularly interact with attractive ladies.  As you might imagine, thought bubbles related to their prettiness arise from time to time.  While I'm realizing this is normal and natural, the danger is when I identify with these thoughts, which is all too common for us.  It seems to me we've made … Continue reading Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

As we've been enjoying a fun flurry of snow storms, Lisa and I noted the calming affect snow has on everything.  It's like a massive collective "HA", which fills your heart with a sense that all is well and all will be well.  Not long after that, a friend came to our door with his … Continue reading A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

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

Meditation on Resolving to “Be Lazy” to Hear Spirit’s Guidance

In contemplating a New Years resolution, a weird notion came to me: "Be Lazy".  I'm not talking about neglecting chores or shirking work though.  Instead, I mean slowing and quieting down enough to hear the gentle wisdom of Spirit speaking to us.  Letting our hearts lead more than our heads.  Following the lead of Love … Continue reading Meditation on Resolving to “Be Lazy” to Hear Spirit’s Guidance

Meditation on Breathing Love

Have you ever said something hurtful or dumb, and wished you could hit the rewind button to make it so the words never came out?  As Lisa and I watched the Seahawks game, while I was taunting the other team for frequently complaining to the refs over trivial things (my first mistake), I called them … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Love

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 Changing Our Minds By Developing Groovier Thinking Patterns

I used to struggle A LOT with being defensive.  I would refute or argue most feedback or critiques from people close to me.  Likewise, if someone didn't agree with my take on things in beliefs, politics, sports, etc., instead of listening to their view and maybe letting my mind be changed, I'd double down on … Continue reading Meditation on Changing Our Minds By Developing Groovier Thinking Patterns

Meditation on Attuning to the Deep Rhythms of Kindness, Care, and Peace

Remember the song "Don't Worry BE Happy"?  Did you know Jesus says much the same thing?  While I've been crazy for Christ my whole life, I feel like in many ways I've only recently come to "get" Him.  For instance, He implores us to "not worry about" our lives, because "can any of you by … Continue reading Meditation on Attuning to the Deep Rhythms of Kindness, Care, and Peace

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