I frequently shake my head in disbelief at how kind and caring my daughter is. When I was 14 my world revolved around sports, fun with friends, school, and girls. The loving kindness Lara shows toward everyone wasn't even on my radar until well into my adulthood! Why? How did she blossom so quickly? Like … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Divinity, Seeing Beauty, Feeling Kindness, and Being Love
Sometimes I feel haunted by my past. I keep replaying the tapes of my struggles, weaknesses, and losses ... which, ironically, frequently dooms me to repeat them. For example, after I got remarried again following my first divorce, when something Carla did reminded me of when my first marriage went south, I'd get a bit … Continue reading Every Day is a Gift, a Chance to Start Anew
This week I've been struck by how easy it is for me to close myself off from both compliments and critiques from others. It reminded me how vital it is to live with an open heart and mind, because even though such a tender mentality will sometimes break our hearts and leave us ostracized, to … Continue reading While Open Hearts Get Broken, They Also Receive the Most Joy
I was listening to a podcast the other day, wherein A.J. Swoboda was talking about his new book, “Subversive Sabbath”. Isn’t that a great title? While I’ve long been a proponent of intentionally cultivating a rhythm of life, which regularly includes rest, play, worship, and celebration, something A.J. observed seemed SUPER profound to me: In … Continue reading Rest is Divine, Busyness is NOT
This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new. … Thy infinite gifts come to me only on those very small hands of mine. Ages pass, and still … Continue reading What We “See” is What We Get and Become: How I’m Learning Seeing Everything and Everyone as a Gift Brings Heaven to Earth
You know I've never met anyone who doesn't like Jesus? I mean, wherever you fall on the religious spectrum, I think we can all agree a Being who loved and cared for others to the point of being killed for them is pretty DOPE, right? I mention this both because Christ's Love transformed my life, … Continue reading Meditation on Living Everyday Like Its a Holiday and PARTY!