What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

What is prayer to you?  Growing up Christian, I think my experience of it was pretty normal.  It’s words one speaks/thinks to God, generally centered on praise, requests, and gratitude.  Interestingly, while in my memories the first two are pretty much all we did, these days I find focusing on thankfulness gets my soul singing … Continue reading What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

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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

Two Ways We Should Judge Everybody: You are Light. You are Love

My yoga teacher, Eoin Finn, says “yoga is a feeling, not a shape,” which I find to be true not just in yoga, but also in life.  Life isn’t about trying to become something glorious externally (as society often tells us to do), but reconnecting to the inner, inborn, divinely given glory withinus.  I’d say … Continue reading Two Ways We Should Judge Everybody: You are Light. You are Love

The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

There I was the other day, minding my own business cleaning the house while listening to my iPod and singing ... when tears burst forth.  A mixture of deep grief, hope, sorrow, and joy flung the gates to my waterworks wide open.  The culprit was James Blunt and his song "Someone Singing Along".  In this … Continue reading Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

I am a FANATIC Seahawks fan, who hoots and hollers at the TV as if the players, coaches, and refs can actually hear me.  What is more, I'm also a life enthusiast, meaning I want ALL the goodness NOW!  With those in mind, a few weeks ago we had a couple of friends over to … Continue reading Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

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

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 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

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