HOW We Believe Trumps what We Believe: I’d Rather Be Wrong and Kind than Correct and Jerky

My wife and I had the most unexpected, eye-opening, and wonderful conversation with a wine tasting room manager the other day.  As wine club members, we visit this spot pretty frequently, so knew the lady by name. This time, at finding out I teach yoga she lit up and started sharing her spiritual journey with us.  … Continue reading HOW We Believe Trumps what We Believe: I’d Rather Be Wrong and Kind than Correct and Jerky

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Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

There is no path topeace; peace isthe path.  It seems to me one of the biggest problems in the world today is division.  All too often when people think, look, believe, and/or act differently from us, we name them other, which all too easily allows and pushes us to exclude, ridicule, demonize, and even harm … Continue reading Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

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

How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

While it’s kind of cool I can do fancy yoga poses most people would never dream of doing, do you know what’s truly SUPER cool?  You and I using our voices to increase Love! My wife Lisa and I went and saw “A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga the other day and … Continue reading How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

Life Lessons from Jason Mraz: Love is a Four Letter Word and More!

Music has a magical way of transforming us.  In many ways musicians are modern day prophets, telling us life-changing Truths disguised by a catchy hook.  We recently saw Jason Mraz in concert, and time and time again I found myself thinking: “Wow!  If, or when, we do what he’s saying things will be AMAZING.”  So, … Continue reading Life Lessons from Jason Mraz: Love is a Four Letter Word and More!

Embracing Those with Disabilities/Disorders Instead of Labeling “Them”

I have a disability, which prevents me from driving.  Sometimes this has left me feeling excluded or “less than”, while other times it hasn’t.  It seems to me the difference lay in how people “saw” me, and whether they then moved toward me, or not.  For instance, for several years I was a volunteer staff … Continue reading Embracing Those with Disabilities/Disorders Instead of Labeling “Them”

The Life Changing “To-Do List”: Be Grateful, Forgive, & Love

Does anyone else struggle with thinking your day is only a “success” IF you get LOTS of stuff done? I’m a yoga teacher, which means my job is to care for, enliven, and help people transform inwardly and outwardly … YET part of me still feels like I failed or was “less than” unless I did … Continue reading The Life Changing “To-Do List”: Be Grateful, Forgive, & Love

The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

For most of my life I’ve primarily THOUGHT about God, believing my thinking was the entirety of our relationship.  As you might be able to guess, it was a rather studious, distant, and analytical relationship.  While I still believe my thoughts matter, these days I mainly eat, see, and feel the Divine, our connection is … Continue reading The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

In class the other day my yoga teacher said something about moving beyond labels.  This struck an “AHA” chord in my soul as I realized while words are necessary, they can also limit, divide, hinder, and minimize because we often think labels define a person, place, or thing. Instead of naming, separating, and fighting as Republican … Continue reading Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World

There I was, minding my own business thinking about how awesome heaven was going to be after I died when a voice in my head said: What if that’s NOT where you go?  Another voice added: I think death is the end period. Still another thought came wondering: How can any of us know what happens?  … Continue reading Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World