America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

In our rush to point out, fix, and dwell on the wrongs in our country (past + present), let's not forget we've done an awful lot of good as well! We become what we focus on, and stay what we ignore! So, while we definitely need to see, name, and heal our junk, I think it's vital … Continue reading America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

Let Go and Let Love

For as long as I can remember, I've measured success by numbers. My score on a test, rank in a class or on a performance report, weight on the scale, speed for a run, number of students in my class, the number of "likes" on a post, the bottles of wine we own, and so … Continue reading Let Go and Let Love

From Fear to Freedom

I started doing a therapeutic, personal growth type program, and one of the first things it had us reflect and write on was: Tell the story about your deepest fear (with as much drama and flavor as possible). Partway through I realized, like an angel had brought me a brand-new revelation: OH MY GOSH! I … Continue reading From Fear to Freedom

Breathing Freedom

Freedom has been a central word for me lately. Finding freedom from my inner critic. Being liberated from the impulse to judge and point fingers. Discovering deliverance from the drive to compete and compare. Breaking the chains of getting my happiness and worth from others. On the last one, Eckhart Tolle says: "The happiness derived from … Continue reading Breathing Freedom

Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

What does the cross and Easter mean to you?  There are SO many theories and such a variety of beliefs, it's almost as if the cross's impact is too poignant and powerful for words!  In this year of seeing things clearly (2020), I'm choosing to meditate on and be enlivened by three main meanings Jesus gave it, … Continue reading Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

Dancing With Life Like a Jujutsu Master

I'm balding, need more sleep than when I was younger, am starting to grow hair in new and "fun" places like my ears, have all sorts of scars, and am getting evermore gray-haired and wrinkled.  When I dislike such physical and life changes in myself or others, I suffer.  When I yearn for something that … Continue reading Dancing With Life Like a Jujutsu Master

Shouting, Crying, and Trembling Your Way to Health

Hi beautiful friends, I like to growl.  What do you do when things go wrong, someone hurts you, you jack things up, and worse happens in life?  I growl to release the stress of frustrations, because the energies we don't let out, get locked in our bodies, progressively making us more anxious, depressed, sleepless, tense, achy, … Continue reading Shouting, Crying, and Trembling Your Way to Health

The Flow of Prayer

One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany.    From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives.  So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer

A Blessing for 2020

Happy 2020!!!  During this coming year: May you be rich with Love, be extravagant with kindness, and shine like a star! May you experience profound peace, life-giving connection, and infinite grace. I pray your successes are many and failures are the fertile soil for growing into amazingness! With all my heart I hope the months … Continue reading A Blessing for 2020

12 Gifts of Christianity

Cheers to you! 6+ years ago when I moved to Poulsbo, while I was unpacking, I came across the wedding vows my soon to be ex-wife and I had written for each other.  I decided to read them, and I don't know if I've ever been more undone and washed out by grief than in … Continue reading 12 Gifts of Christianity