Becoming Friends with Your Breath

When I don't know what to say or write, I'll take a deep breath to let my mind quiet and make space for a calmer and more subtle "voice". If things get stressful or I feel my anxiety rising, I've found letting loose a sigh, growl, or silly noise makes a world of difference. During moments … Continue reading Becoming Friends with Your Breath

What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?

When life, or the world, gets crazy, what keeps you centered, hopeful, and Loving? I could be wrong, but it seems to me we're like satellites, and without something Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Beyond our small selves to orbit around, we go careening off into space or crash into the ground like a satellite that's lost its … Continue reading What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?

Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout

Kindness = Happiness. I don't think this mantra we have in Blissology could be more accurate overall, or more appropriate for the times we're in. The Gottman Institute is a group of relational experts led by a husband and wife who've devoted their lives to studying and sharing what makes or breaks relationships. While they say … Continue reading Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout

Letting Our Light Shine: Awakening to the Love Within & Without

As I've been witnessing the outpouring of kindness, compassion, humor, giving, understanding, and togetherness, amazing people like YOU have been sharing since the pandemic turned our worlds upside down, I realized: We're collectively making Love.  Not the way we usually use the phrase, but in its literal, and original sense.  We're making, creating, expanding, increasing, and growing Big Love, … Continue reading Letting Our Light Shine: Awakening to the Love Within & Without

Fear, the Corona Virus, Staying Sane, and Loving Big

What do you do when fear comes a'knocking, or kicks the front door down like it did recently?  Buy ALL the hand sanitizer and toilet paper, like everyone here did?  Curl up in a ball (the energy I've felt this week)?  Pour all your attention and energy into _____?  Isn't it interesting how grasping, which … Continue reading Fear, the Corona Virus, Staying Sane, and Loving Big

The Politics of Christianity

As fear of COVID-19 and the divisiveness of a presidential election sweep across America, I'm reminded how very political Jesus was in pretty UN-American ways.  At a minimum, I believe the Christ invites people of any, or no, religion to a new, incredible way of being human.  One marked by togetherness, interdependence, caring for all, … Continue reading The Politics of Christianity

From Afraid and Disconnected to Peaceful and Loving: How My Views of God Have Shaped My Life

One of my favorite yoga teachers talks about connecting with "the God of your understanding".  Aside from wisely noting every person has a different conception of the Divine, I hear Seane Corn as pointing to something I increasingly find True: Whether we're a theist, atheist, agnostic, or all three, our mental image of God greatly shapes … Continue reading From Afraid and Disconnected to Peaceful and Loving: How My Views of God Have Shaped My Life

Love Al(l)ways

I Love you.  If I could only ever say one thing to you or anyone else, even strangers or "enemies", it would be that.  As you are, for no reason, requirement, or expectation, I LOVE YOU!!! A few weeks ago, while listening to Seane Corn's book Revolution of the Soul, I heard her share a mantra … Continue reading Love Al(l)ways

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

Faith, Hope, and Love for NO Reason

Cheers! Even though it's been nearly seven years and I'm incredibly happily remarried, I still sometimes feel DEEPLY hurt by and confused why my second wife left me.  By the conventional wisdom that good deeds are rewarded and bad punished, we'd have stayed together.  What's more, it's the same story if one went by my … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Love for NO Reason