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?
It seems to me “heaven” is more of an attitude or lens for seeing life, than it is a place … at least while we’re alive. For years I thought feeling the Spirit, or “experiencing God”, was a rare event and/or just for select people. Yet, over time I’ve found a simple shift of mentality … Continue reading The Gate of Heaven is EVERYWHERE
You are a mysterious, magical miracle. True story. The matter in your body is literally billions of years old, as all the hydrogen is from the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, while the other atoms were forged in stars some 7-12 billion years ago. Yet, we're also super young, in that best as I … Continue reading Meditation on the Mysterious, Magical Miracle of Being Human
Does anyone else struggle with thinking your day is only a “success” IF you get LOTS of stuff done? I’m a yoga teacher, which means my job is to care for, enliven, and help people transform inwardly and outwardly … YET part of me still feels like I failed or was “less than” unless I did … Continue reading The Life Changing “To-Do List”: Be Grateful, Forgive, & Love
Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving Somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. Thus begins Jack Gilbert’s hope-filled and realistic poem “A Brief for the Defense”. The very next words continue by saying: But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the mornings before … Continue reading Choosing Joy/Stubborn Gladness
I bet people who see me walking or running by think I'm one weird dude, with my frequent sighs, lip flutters, laughs, growls, mmm sounds, and deep breaths. I bring that up to ask: What's "sacred" mean to you? I'm willing to bet it's special. It's not something neglected. We view sacred things, times, places, … Continue reading Meditation on Remembering the Sacredness of Breath
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.
How has 2018 been for you so far? I hope it's been great and continues to get better, and quite honestly, I'd LOVE to journey with you and help you in the endeavor. Why? My life mission is: Awaken, open to, and Be LOVE Together! With that said, my yoga tribe/school (Blissology) kicks off something … Continue reading The Blissology Project: An Invite to Grow Happiness & Spread Love (Jan 22-Feb 4)
I sometimes struggle with my body image. I think there's too much junk in the trunk, too little hair on the back of my head, or not enough definition on my abs. It's pretty hard, after all, to look as good as TV shows and movies tell us we should, don't you think? Ryan Gosling, … Continue reading Meditation on the Life-Giving Magic of Vulnerability and Gratitude
Aren't "Monday" mornings just the WORST? I mean, nothing to look forward to but a week of WORK or CHORES or SCHOOL or PARENTING or ________. Ugh, right? Naturally, I'm kidding ... STILL, we joke about it and there's a kernel of truth to this mentality. YET, what if you and I chose to combat … Continue reading Meditation on Wildly Embracing, Loving, and Celebrating YOUR Life