What do you do when you feel defeated or deflated? While the positivity I generally radiate is 100% authentic, I occasionally wonder/think: "Why do I even bother? Why do I spend hours writing posts and blogs to encourage and increase Love when it seems like barely anyone cares? What's wrong with my yoga teaching when … Continue reading How to Defeat a Feeling of Failure and Funkiness
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
I can't smell. At all! Wouldn't that be weird? The craziest part is, after my surreal and nearly fatal hiking accident in 2008, it took more than a year to realize I couldn't smell anymore. THAT, is how POWERFUL our brains are! I expected to smell the coffee aromas at Starbucks, the fresh spring smells … Continue reading Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!
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!
Do you ever wonder if what you do matters? Or even how much YOU matter? I know I do! With that in mind, at the beginning of my yoga classes, I gift each student with an inspirational sticky note to encourage her/him. They have sayings like "Be a warrior, not a worrier.", "You make work … Continue reading Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today
Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone! It seems to me every moment of kindness and care, however small, is a realization of his beautiful dream. Last Friday, Lisa (my wife), Lara (my daughter), and I got to help some friends serve people at a soup kitchen type deal. It blew my mind how much joy … Continue reading Bringing MLK’s Dream to Life: Our Kindness Brings Others Brightness
Sometimes I get tired of myself, do you know what I mean? Can you relate? I regularly spend a good chunk of time crafting words to inspire/encourage people, and to get a good yoga pic to put with them on Facebook and Instagram ... only some days barely anyone or nobody "likes" my efforts to … Continue reading Meditation on Learning Deep Joy from Santa
Aren't the twists and turns of life crazy? Five years ago in seminary, I planned to help change thousands of lives by preaching Good News to people. Instead, I'm teaching yoga and have a MUCH smaller circle of influence. Yet, I can't tell you how many students express their deep appreciation for me. I don't … Continue reading The Importance of Letting Our Life Speak
I've been working on getting into handstand for over three years now. I'm still not there, but I'm getting closer and closer. Are there poses or character traits or habits or routines you really want to do or be ... but aren't yet? Often in both yoga and life we beat ourselves up when we … Continue reading Meditation on Praising the Effort, NOT the Outcome
Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please ... Today my AMAZING wife, Lisa, is the first guest blogger in the history of this blog. She wrote an incredible piece that I'm confident you'll love (NOT that I'm biased 😉 This is NOT a blog about how much I love the soft balls of baked dough … Continue reading For the Love of Biscuits