Bringing MLK’s Dream to Life: Our Kindness Brings Others Brightness

Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone! It seems to me every moment of kindness and care, however small, is a realization of his beautiful dream. Last Friday, Lisa (my wife), Lara (my daughter), and I got to help some friends serve people at a soup kitchen type deal. It blew my mind how much joy … Continue reading Bringing MLK’s Dream to Life: Our Kindness Brings Others Brightness

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3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

Frequently, when my wife, Lisa, comes up in conversations with others, I’ll earnestly tell them she’s the best person since Jesus.  What I mean by that is there’s the regular ways of the world … and then, on a completely different level, there’s the inspiring, empowering, and enlivening Way of Jesus, which Lisa displays better … Continue reading 3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

What do you and I do with suffering?  There is SO MUCH hurt, fear, and pain in the world.  Even when my family, friends, and I are doing great, watching the news, reading the headlines, and so on brings me face to face with sorrow.  It's unavoidable.  My bias is to ignore it, make a … Continue reading Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

Meditation on Raising Our Vibration

Years ago someone shared with me how she'd been sexually abused in her childhood.  In my naivety, I remember being saddened for her, while also thinking as an adult she must have moved on and healed from that "distant" trauma.  To make a long story short, I later found out I was SUPER wrong.  Experiencing … Continue reading Meditation on Raising Our Vibration

Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy, then you will discover in that choice the … Continue reading Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Loving the WORST Parts of Yourself is Essential for Happiness, Growth, Loving Others, and the Future of the World

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.” ― Hermann Hesse   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some form of the following: What you hate the most in other people, the thing others do that drives … Continue reading Loving the WORST Parts of Yourself is Essential for Happiness, Growth, Loving Others, and the Future of the World

Why “Them” is a Curse Word and Wisdom Shows Us Listening to and Learning from People Different from You is the Path to a Better Future

You know that old saying about how you shouldn’t talk about religion or politics at the dinner table? I think that’s bunk! Sure, it will keep things easier. But really and truly the path to a better future for us all lies not in avoiding “hard” topics, but in talking about them lots … ESPECIALLY … Continue reading Why “Them” is a Curse Word and Wisdom Shows Us Listening to and Learning from People Different from You is the Path to a Better Future

Meditation on Thinking with Our Hearts to Let Compassion, Light, and Love Guide Us

It seems to me in the U.S. we're obsessed with our heads. I say this because not only do we HIGHLY value "looking" good, we're ALL about being rational, logical, and, above all, RIGHT. After all, most of us carry "smart" phones, not heart phones ... right? Think about it, what do political parties and … Continue reading Meditation on Thinking with Our Hearts to Let Compassion, Light, and Love Guide Us

Meditation on Choosing Care, Compassion, and Celebration Over Competition

I LOVE music. Which means we go to concerts pretty frequently. On Saturday we saw Lady Gaga, who put on an AMAZING show. This year we've also seen U2, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, James Blunt, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and you wanna hear something wild? They ALL emphasized the same message: LOVE. Specifically, … Continue reading Meditation on Choosing Care, Compassion, and Celebration Over Competition

The Gospel of Wonder Woman: Blessings are to Bless, Yoga is for OFF the Mat, and Enlightenment is to Love

I love yoga. The practice has deeply connected me to myself, others, and God in ways I didn’t know where possible. It’s beautiful, amazing, and life-giving. It’s brought me wholeness and peace I can scarcely put into words. AND I think there’s also a danger here.   In some flavors of yoga, this inner peace, … Continue reading The Gospel of Wonder Woman: Blessings are to Bless, Yoga is for OFF the Mat, and Enlightenment is to Love