When my wife and I saw "Just Mercy", a movie based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson fighting for people unjustly convicted or sentenced, my eyes teared and heart ached the entire movie. We have this "interesting" human tendency where instead of doing the hard work to face and heal an issue head-on, we put … Continue reading Just Mercy: Healing Ourselves and Our Country
One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany. From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives. So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer
Cheers! Even though the Seahawks literally lost to the 49ers in a heartbreaking manner, as we left the game, I told Lisa I felt like we won. In the purity of that moment, I believe my heart was speaking from a bigger and more True place. And, while it's my jam, I'm not talking about … Continue reading Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities
If I’m completely honest, part of me doesn’t understand how anyone can support Trump, and I’m sure others would say the same about Obama or Clinton backers. The thing is, though, the more I go with society’s flow by calling “them” shameful names, excluding those different from me, or not talking about politics, the more … Continue reading Unity, Understanding, and Supporting Trump Supporters
Hi Beautiful! When you read or hear the term “God”, what comes to mind? If you’re like me, our stereotypical notion of a bearded man up in heaven is NOT something very tangible, apparent, relatable, or possibly even believable … and I’ve been a Christian my whole life! I don’t say this to disturb or … Continue reading God as a Verb
Hi Fabulous! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and are blessed by this offering. America has a breathing problem. All inhale, all the time. Our competitive consumer culture urges us to ONLY inhale, in that we’re all about acquiring, climbing, and winning. You know the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? At the risk of … Continue reading Breath Teaches Us How to Live, Love, and Die Well: Yoga Life Lessons
I had big plans for this year! Exciting things that have been brewing for a while, like getting my book about my accident and the life-giving centrality of Love when it comes to life, relationships, and God published, as well as becoming a life coach. 6 months in, though, I've made like 1% progress on … Continue reading Meditation on the Lovingkindness Revolution!
I once said "the music in heaven will be all Dave Matthews Band, all the time" ... at church ... to hundreds of people. I mention that to express how much I LOVE the band. Dave's music moves me so deeply I have a tattoo of his lyrics that speak a poignant Truth: "Could I have … Continue reading Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?
In my journey of personal growth and development I’ve found perhaps the most important movement toward transformation/enlightenment/salvation is awareness. Becoming truly aware, with “eyes wide open”, of the past trauma(s) trapping us, the cultural messages enslaving us, our internal narratives keeping us stuck, and so on, is crucial because more often than not we simply … Continue reading How the Way We “Approach” Death is Killing Us: Let’s Talk About Death Part 1
My wife and I have this dance we do. Generally speaking, she cooks on the weekends and I do on weeknights, Lisa takes our dog Biscuits out in the morning and I handle the rest, I do the laundry and she cleans the floors, and so on. While our dance moves shift when the music … Continue reading Side Effects May Include Big Bliss, Gigantic Gratitude, & Profound Peace