My daughter Lara's middle name is Grace. I have a hunch if Spirit, Life, Reality, God, or whatever name/word resonates with you had a middle name, it'd be Grace as well. You see, "grace", as I'm talking about it, means "gift"; neither deserved nor undeserved, but freely given. If I think about it, I truly own nothing. … Continue reading Grace is God’s Middle Name
Hi Beautiful! Every time I teach or practice yoga, my goal is to open us to and energize us with the energy of Love. Yet, what is "Love"? While I didn't realize it, for years I didn't know. As a result, I couldn't Love myself, was disconnected from my infant daughter and (then) wife, was addicted to porn, strove to be … Continue reading Love in 24 Words – Part 2
Hi Amazing! If Love is the point of life, I Love my wife, I love wine, I love peanut butter cereal, I Love my daughter, I love yoga, God is Love, I Love God, and I love Star Wars ... what exactly is Love? At least the "Love" that matters most? I define this Big/Divine/Heavenly Love as … Continue reading Love in 24 Words – Part 1
Hi Fabulous! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and are blessed by this offering. America has a breathing problem. All inhale, all the time. Our competitive consumer culture urges us to ONLY inhale, in that we’re all about acquiring, climbing, and winning. You know the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? At the risk of … Continue reading Breath Teaches Us How to Live, Love, and Die Well: Yoga Life Lessons
I wonder if you can relate with this? When I was younger I was told, and believed, while we’re supposed to spread love and kindness, we’re inherently broken and bad. Grace meant against “His” better judgment, God turned a blind eye to my faults and reluctantly decided to love me anyway. We truly become our … Continue reading Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You
One of the next tattoos I’m planning to get is “Love Alone”, inspired by Hans Urs von Balthasar’s (what a glorious name!) phrase and book title, Love Alone is Credible. You see, a Truth that’s radically altered my life is “God is Love”. While there are many things said about the Divine, and there’s quite … Continue reading Love is the Point: 4 Ways Divine Love Makes Life Amazing
What is prayer to you? Growing up Christian, I think my experience of it was pretty normal. It’s words one speaks/thinks to God, generally centered on praise, requests, and gratitude. Interestingly, while in my memories the first two are pretty much all we did, these days I find focusing on thankfulness gets my soul singing … Continue reading What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?
Recently, when my wife shared with me how someone had been super unkind to her (the details aren’t mine to share), something within me wanted twice the suffering to be visited on this person … I may have even half-jokingly talked about going all vigilante ninja, to avenge Lisa, on said individual. That it’s natural … Continue reading The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine
Have you ever said something hurtful or dumb, and wished you could hit the rewind button to make it so the words never came out? As Lisa and I watched the Seahawks game, while I was taunting the other team for frequently complaining to the refs over trivial things (my first mistake), I called them … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Love
Do you pray? Why? I’ve been Christian my whole life and grew up with a good bit of obligation, “should”, and “ought to” when it came to my faith, so for a good bit of time I prayed because I was supposed to. God expected us to pray, so I did. Yet, it was often … Continue reading Why Pray? Relationship.