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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The Gate of Heaven is EVERYWHERE

It seems to me “heaven” is more of an attitude or lens for seeing life, than it is a place … at least while we’re alive.  For years I thought feeling the Spirit, or “experiencing God”, was a rare event and/or just for select people.  Yet, over time I’ve found a simple shift of mentality … Continue reading The Gate of Heaven is EVERYWHERE

Meditation on the Importance of Living from Life’s Bass Notes

I think a key part of being happy is remembering and returning to the bass notes of life; the simple and powerful things this is all about.  Connection, care, and celebration, for instance are bass notes, while things like control, competition, and criticism are treble.  Now, don't get me wrong, treble is good and has its … Continue reading Meditation on the Importance of Living from Life’s Bass Notes

Meditation on Celebrating THIS Moment, Day, Life, and World

Drink in these rich words from ethnobotanist, mystic, and author Terence McKenna: "The main thing to understand is we are imprisoned in some kind of work of art."  Does that mean there aren't storms, hurts, and hard times?  No, of course not.  Just watch the news for five minutes and you'll know there's plenty of pain … Continue reading Meditation on Celebrating THIS Moment, Day, Life, and World

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

Rest is Divine, Busyness is NOT

I was listening to a podcast the other day, wherein A.J. Swoboda was talking about his new book, “Subversive Sabbath”. Isn’t that a great title? While I’ve long been a proponent of intentionally cultivating a rhythm of life, which regularly includes rest, play, worship, and celebration, something A.J. observed seemed SUPER profound to me: In … Continue reading Rest is Divine, Busyness is NOT

Meditation on BLISS: Beautiful Living is Super Simple

Every week I write a short meditation for my yoga classes (like this) that I post here, plus a longer blog post.  Last week's blog was: Practices, Rituals, and Routines for Staying and Growing in Awesomeness, ESPECIALLY When Things Get Crazy.  After reading it, my wife Lisa said she would have liked to hear more … Continue reading Meditation on BLISS: Beautiful Living is Super Simple

Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt   I’m an umm, “passionate” Seahawks fan. Remember the best/worst Super Bowl of all time? When the Patriots dramatically beat my Hawks in February 2015? As the game was drawing to an end, Seattle’s team was behind and needed to drive the length of the field … Continue reading Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

The other day my wife playfully, but seriously told me: "Christmas is everyday, because it's in your heart."  Laughingly I teased: "My heart must be awfully crowded, with Jesus and Love in there too!"  Seriously, though, I think she has a great point.  What if we lived everyday like it was Christmas?  I bet we … Continue reading Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

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