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

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Meditation on Breathe and Be to Connect to Big Bliss

In yoga we generally end our practice with Namaste, meaning "the Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you."  This sweet, yet radical reminder mirrors my Christian tradition in that Namaste declares EACH of us has divine beauty, eliminates the borders between and within us, proclaims everyone essentially and fundamentally precious and good, and eliminates any … Continue reading Meditation on Breathe and Be to Connect to Big Bliss

Christmas Reveals Beauty/Heaven/Divinity Shine IN the Messy Realness and Complexity of Life: Grace Comes IN Our Darkest Hours

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. … Continue reading Christmas Reveals Beauty/Heaven/Divinity Shine IN the Messy Realness and Complexity of Life: Grace Comes IN Our Darkest Hours

Giving Thanks for My Broken Toe: Being Swept Up in the Ocean of Good

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know for sure if my toe is truly broken … though it probably is. 🙂 You see, nearly two weeks ago I came home from teaching yoga and set my backpack on a barstool to unload a few things, like I always do. Per the norm, I then grabbed … Continue reading Giving Thanks for My Broken Toe: Being Swept Up in the Ocean of Good

Knowing and Embracing Your Deadly Sin is a Key for Becoming Fully Alive

I’m a dyed in the wool optimist (BTW, where exactly does that saying come from?). While I’ve generally loved this character trait about myself, it’s irritated some people, often rightly so. What I mean by that is I prefer my positivity to be undiluted by pain, sorrow, hurt, grief, and the like. In short, I … Continue reading Knowing and Embracing Your Deadly Sin is a Key for Becoming Fully Alive