Hi Friends! I wrote a book, an actual publisher published it, and now it's available everywhere! Words can't describe how excited and I am!!! 🥳🤸🏻♀️💫💙🤗 I'm also a bit dumbfounded, as in "am I dreaming? Is this real?", but mostly STOKED. It's titled Falling into Love: The Transformative Power of Community. Back on November 10, 2008 … Continue reading I Wrote a Book that Got Published!
The first time I heard someone say our words and titles for "God" are really just metaphors I was a bit taken aback. Yet, the more I ponder, practice, and experience, the more I find this to be True and helpful. After all, as Augustine said, "If you comprehend it, it is not God." The Divine, … Continue reading “God”, a Word for That Which is Beyond Words
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
What do you do with regrets? When my daughter was born I was on the other side of the world, deployed with the Air Force to the Middle East. As I sat chatting with coworkers in the chow hall, our commander walked in and waived me over. “Congratulations, Kermit,” he said, naming me by my … Continue reading Love the Bridge That Got You Here
Hi Beautiful! Today I thought I’d try something different and write about an easy, breezy, and 100% noncontroversial topic … insert laughter here … so let’s talk about God! What does "God" mean to you? Perhaps more importantly, how does one experience and relate with the Divine? I heard ANY naming of the Divine, including … Continue reading “God”?
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
Growing up, and as a young adult, giving money/time to charity, church, or to help others was like pulling teeth. I did it ... reluctantly. My now teenage daughter, though, gleefully had a garage sale to raise money to get 25 Christmas presents for less fortunate kids. My sister and brother-in-law are joyous foster parents. … Continue reading The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality
Hi Beautiful! Why do we have such a hard time talking about guns in the U.S.? Why are we so adamant about our “right” to own tools for killing? Is it possible America worships guns and violence? Does it seem like we’re more preoccupied with our right to own arms, than concerned with the quality, … Continue reading Turning Violence into Nourishment: Talking About America’s Gun Culture, Mass Shootings, and the Way Forward
To paraphrase Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell's character in "Anchorman"): I used to be kind of a big deal. When I was in the Air Force I not only had the privilege of literally planning, flying, and fighting with the "best of the best", I was an instructor at the school for training elite warfighters! Then, … Continue reading My Yoga Story: How Failure Brings Flourishing