Meditation on Learning Deep Joy from Santa

Sometimes I get tired of myself, do you know what I mean?  Can you relate?  I regularly spend a good chunk of time crafting words to inspire/encourage people, and to get a good yoga pic to put with them on Facebook and Instagram ... only some days barely anyone or nobody "likes" my efforts to … Continue reading Meditation on Learning Deep Joy from Santa

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Meditation on the Bliss of Approaching Moments as a Snow Day

Aren't snow days glorious?  Not only is there something magical about the white powdery stuff, but when it snows enough to cancel work, school, and other plans, I believe we enter a special and sacred space.  I'd never made the connection until my wife Lisa pointed it out to me, but snow days joyfully halt our … Continue reading Meditation on the Bliss of Approaching Moments as a Snow Day

Meditation on the Mysterious, Magical Miracle of Being Human

You are a mysterious, magical miracle.  True story.  The matter in your body is literally billions of years old, as all the hydrogen is from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, while the other atoms were forged in stars some 7-12 billion years ago.  Yet, we're also super young, in that best as I … Continue reading Meditation on the Mysterious, Magical Miracle of Being Human

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

Celebrate Every Day, the Beauty of Finding Fulfillment in the Journey: An Easter Reflection

I wasted years of my life. Well, they weren’t totally wasted but they were far less than they could have been. Why? Because I lived for the goal, I longed for the achievement, and I waited for the future. While the awards and milestones are great, they are few and far between. In recent years … Continue reading Celebrate Every Day, the Beauty of Finding Fulfillment in the Journey: An Easter Reflection

Meditation on Realizing You’re Not a Mistake, But a Miracle

"You're just yourself.  Live with it.  Here I am.  I'm just me and all I can do is be me.  That's the only thing I can do, and I can do it better than anybody else.  If I don't do it, nobody will do it.  So often we spend our lives trying to be other people.  Yet … Continue reading Meditation on Realizing You’re Not a Mistake, But a Miracle

Meditation on Wildly Embracing, Loving, and Celebrating YOUR Life

Aren't "Monday" mornings just the WORST?  I mean, nothing to look forward to but a week of WORK or CHORES or SCHOOL or PARENTING or ________.  Ugh, right?  Naturally, I'm kidding ... STILL, we joke about it and there's a kernel of truth to this mentality.  YET, what if you and I chose to combat … Continue reading Meditation on Wildly Embracing, Loving, and Celebrating YOUR Life

Meditation on Celebrating Reality in All Its Messy Amazingness: Inspired by Mary Oliver

Isn't Autumn grand?  I love the explosion of colors.  There's this red tree in front of my house, with fallen leaves strewn all around that blows my mind with its beauty.  What is more, isn't there something enlivening about chilly mornings transforming into crisply comfortable days?  I gotta say, the fall rains are refreshing and … Continue reading Meditation on Celebrating Reality in All Its Messy Amazingness: Inspired by Mary Oliver

Meditation on Forgiving Reality to Celebrate Life

Something I've noticed in recent years as a parent and child is some form of the following recurring joke: We'll be paying for her counseling because of that thing we just did when she grows up.  While the humor is a tad dark, it's also funny and true.  Here's the thing though, all our parents … Continue reading Meditation on Forgiving Reality to Celebrate Life

Meditation on Living Everyday Like Its a Holiday and PARTY!

You know I've never met anyone who doesn't like Jesus? I mean, wherever you fall on the religious spectrum, I think we can all agree a Being who loved and cared for others to the point of being killed for them is pretty DOPE, right? I mention this both because Christ's Love transformed my life, … Continue reading Meditation on Living Everyday Like Its a Holiday and PARTY!