The Sweet Freedom of Admitting: “I was Wrong.”

I was wrong. How often do we say that? Receive that gift from others? Hear those we look up to admit it? More than a thousand years before Descartes said, "I think therefore I am", Augustine sagely concluded: "I err, therefore I am." Truly, to err is to be human. We break things, hurt people, believe things we … Continue reading The Sweet Freedom of Admitting: “I was Wrong.”

The Vaccine to 2020 is Inside You

Do you know how dope you are? 2020 sucker punched us, planted a roundhouse kick in our face, and then proceeded to pummel us while we were down ... Yet, YOU got back up and are still breathing, going, smiling, loving, and being loved more than words can say! It's like you're Rocky asking 2020, … Continue reading The Vaccine to 2020 is Inside You

Growing More Awesome by Going Into the Awkward/Uncomfortable

We watched "The Princess Bride" with my daughter the other day, and I was struck by the wisdom of a famous line from Westley to Buttercup: "Life is pain, highness.  Anyone who tells you differently is selling something."  When I avoid uncomfortable feelings inside me, awkward conversations with my wife, disagreeing with friends, and so on, I … Continue reading Growing More Awesome by Going Into the Awkward/Uncomfortable

Being a Wounded Healer

These scars from my belly tubes, four insertions to drain my lungs when they were full of infection, and a tracheotomy are sacred reminders to me of how when we're too weak to eat, others can feed us, when we're too sick or injured to move, others can take good care of us, when we're … Continue reading Being a Wounded Healer

Remembering & Returning to the Bliss, Peace, and Fulfillment that’s Always Within Us

What aids you during the storms of life?  When I was going through my second divorce and life felt like a chaotic mess, I found peace on my mat.  While I was single and "alone", but didn't want to be, I felt Love all around me in yoga.  During the scary unknowingness of navigating a … Continue reading Remembering & Returning to the Bliss, Peace, and Fulfillment that’s Always Within Us

A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

Since 2014, when Lara starts school I've written her a letter to encourage her, remind her what matters in life, and assure her she's extravagantly Loved exactly as she is.  I don't know about you, but the messiness, stresses, and hurts in life make it easy to forget kindness, courage, worth, vulnerability, our own unique … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

Fierce Softness

Changes, departures, leavings, and endings can be hard.  For years, I was not only a faithful attender at a local church, I was on the leadership team, aspired to be a paid pastor there, and became close with the other team members.  Then, after a good deal of inner wrestling and tender conversations, I knew … Continue reading Fierce Softness

You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

Have you ever set a resolution, planned something wonderful, or decided to make a change for the better … only to be quickly doubted by inner/outer critics, have all sorts of distractions arise, be shamed at the first misstep, and/or be questioned for even trying?  I wrote a book and am ready to look for … Continue reading You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

Why “Naked” Warrior is Yoga and Life’s Peak Pose: The Importance of Vulnerability

I think Naked Warrior is the peak yoga pose. Now, before you potentially flip out or ignore me, I’m NOT talking about physical nudity, but vulnerability. I’m getting at the wholehearted life that comes with taking our relational and emotional armor off to reveal our total and true selves. For instance, one way I know … Continue reading Why “Naked” Warrior is Yoga and Life’s Peak Pose: The Importance of Vulnerability

Meditation on the Life-Giving Magic of Vulnerability and Gratitude

I sometimes struggle with my body image.  I think there's too much junk in the trunk, too little hair on the back of my head, or not enough definition on my abs.  It's pretty hard, after all, to look as good as TV shows and movies tell us we should, don't you think?  Ryan Gosling, … Continue reading Meditation on the Life-Giving Magic of Vulnerability and Gratitude