The Power of Stories: Vulnerability, Courage, & the Getaway that Almost Sucked

“Vacuums” suck, by which I mean, in the absence of a story told, one will form in our minds, and it’s often not great! If anything, my wife and I typically overcommunicate, which I think is the best way to go. Yet, when it came to a couple of New Year’s weekend plans, we didn’t, with … Continue reading The Power of Stories: Vulnerability, Courage, & the Getaway that Almost Sucked

Revolutionary Love: We’re Just Getting Started

At the first yoga class I taught this year I said 2020 was going to be awesome because we'd be able to see things clearly. 🤣 While "awful" is likely a more apt descriptor, it occurs to me we are seeing more accurately than ever before. There's something about things falling apart that knocks sense into us! I know … Continue reading Revolutionary Love: We’re Just Getting Started

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