“Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

If scars were championships, I’d have Michael Jordan and Tom Brady beat!  I’ve got the trach dent, a crooked eye, a bunch of marks from tubes to drain infected lungs, multiple stomach tube scars, a wrist with scaffolding, and all sorts of “interesting” stories on my face.  And those are just my PHYSICAL scars!  I … Continue reading “Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

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Heaven is in Your Heart

20+ years ago when a dear friend of mine was getting married, as he and I stood in a side room right before the ceremony, tears began rolling down his face.  Confused, I asked him why he was crying.  "I'm just so happy," he replied.  It was years before I really understood what he meant. … Continue reading Heaven is in Your Heart

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 Reveling In Life/Becoming Being a Never-Ending Journey

There is SO MUCH to learn in life.  There are ENDLESS ways we get to grow, change, and become more peaceful, joyful, and loving.  Along these lines, did you know the Jewish conception of the soul, "nephesh", is NOT something preexistent or static "but emergent--forming in and through physicality and relational experience."  As journalist and … Continue reading Meditation on Reveling In Life/Becoming Being a Never-Ending Journey

The Gospel of Wonder Woman: Blessings are to Bless, Yoga is for OFF the Mat, and Enlightenment is to Love

I love yoga. The practice has deeply connected me to myself, others, and God in ways I didn’t know where possible. It’s beautiful, amazing, and life-giving. It’s brought me wholeness and peace I can scarcely put into words. AND I think there’s also a danger here.   In some flavors of yoga, this inner peace, … Continue reading The Gospel of Wonder Woman: Blessings are to Bless, Yoga is for OFF the Mat, and Enlightenment is to Love