Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

Lisa and I have an ongoing joke, wherein whenever we eat or drink something that tickles the back of our throat, causing us to cough uncontrollably, we ironically say "I'm dying."  Speaking of which, as the days have grown shorter and darker approaching the Winter Solstice, it seems to me I've been feeling death in … Continue reading Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

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Crazy Christianity: The Life Changing Beauty of the East’s Easter

Have you ever had news that was SO exciting and AMAZING that you couldn’t wait to share it with others? That’s how I feel about the Eastern Orthodox Church’s take on Easter! This is the kind of beautiful, mind-blowing Truth that has the power to change lives in the most incredible ways. Now, I don’t … Continue reading Crazy Christianity: The Life Changing Beauty of the East’s Easter

“Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

In a world of tension and breakdown, it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner-lives not by avoiding anguish and running away from problems, but by facing them in their naked reality in their ordinariness. - Thomas Merton   We had a saying in the Air Force that’s stuck … Continue reading “Embrace the Suck”: How Learning How to Smile at the Suffering in Life is Essential for Being Whole, Healthy, and Vibrantly Alive

The Power of Viewing God More as a Verb than a Noun

What if we thought of God as more of a verb than a noun?  I think it takes us out of our heads and into our hearts, which is where relationship, experience, and love happens.  What do you think? Check out my short new video blog on the topic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxkN7s0kzio   If you enjoyed this … Continue reading The Power of Viewing God More as a Verb than a Noun

The Secret to a Wonderful Life: Lose Your Life to Gain It

Failure can become our most powerful path to learning if we’re willing to choose courage over comfort. - Brené Brown   What’s the point of life? What makes for a great life? WHO are YOU when all is said and done, at the center of your being? Today it seems to me a key to … Continue reading The Secret to a Wonderful Life: Lose Your Life to Gain It

Knowing Less is Really Knowing More: The Importance of “I Don’t Know”

I don't know if there really is a God.  I don't know what happens after we die.  I don't know if heaven is for real or not.  I don't know why there's so much violence, disease, oppression, and abuse in the world.  Nor do I know why there's so much beauty and abundant life.  Naturally … Continue reading Knowing Less is Really Knowing More: The Importance of “I Don’t Know”