Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

Do you ever wonder if what you do matters?  Or even how much YOU matter?  I know I do!  With that in mind, at the beginning of my yoga classes, I gift each student with an inspirational sticky note to encourage her/him.  They have sayings like "Be a warrior, not a worrier.", "You make work … Continue reading Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

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Drama for Your Momma

As my body gets older, some things don't work like they used to.  Remember the movie "Failure to Launch"?  You know how after things go poorly in a given endeavor a couple of times, it's super easy to get in your head about it?  Thought bubbles of doubt, insecurity, worry, and the like flood our … Continue reading Drama for Your Momma

Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

There I was the other day, minding my own business cleaning the house while listening to my iPod and singing ... when tears burst forth.  A mixture of deep grief, hope, sorrow, and joy flung the gates to my waterworks wide open.  The culprit was James Blunt and his song "Someone Singing Along".  In this … Continue reading Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

Redefining Success: Trading Achievements for Connection and Selfless Service

How do you define “success”?  What makes a day successful for you?  I struggle with feeling like my day was a failure unless I get a bunch of “stuff” done.  Do you know what I mean?  Starting and finishing projects, making plans, writing, building things, and so on are all important and matter … YET, … Continue reading Redefining Success: Trading Achievements for Connection and Selfless Service

Meditation on Creating a Bliss Bomb by “Dating the World”

Love NEVER leaves us—we leave love.  SARK, an author on transformation and growth wrote that in a letter on dating the world, and I couldn't agree more.  We never have to search for love because Love actually is all around us.  YOU are a uniquely AMAZING expression of Love in the flesh!  Which takes me back to SARK's … Continue reading Meditation on Creating a Bliss Bomb by “Dating the World”

The Prison of Expectations: How Anticipating Less and Accepting/Appreciating More Brings Greater Bliss

I’m a planner, which is largely a good thing, but also is the source of much of my unhappiness.  The thing is, when I plan a day, an evening, a date, or whatever, it’s easy for my plans to turn into expectations, and when what I anticipate isn’t fulfilled I become sad, frustrated, and out … Continue reading The Prison of Expectations: How Anticipating Less and Accepting/Appreciating More Brings Greater Bliss

Kindness = Happiness

It’s amazing what a difference being present and kind makes.  Time and again my wife will simply take the time to compliment someone and be curious about her/his story.  The incredible thing is nearly every time this simple kindness will brighten and enliven the person in the most incredible way.  Over the last few weeks … Continue reading Kindness = Happiness

An Invitation to Choose Happiness in Our Culture of Fear, Envy, Anxiety, and Lack

March 20th was International Day of Happiness. Pretty cool, don’t you think? And who doesn’t want to be happy? The question is: How do we experience happiness frequently, regularly, and in all types of circumstances? Let me start with a short story. You know how parents can drive you crazy? Me neither. 🙂 My dad … Continue reading An Invitation to Choose Happiness in Our Culture of Fear, Envy, Anxiety, and Lack

The Gift of Seeking and Spending Time with Difference

I keep wanting to quit. I’ve been volunteering for 3.5 years at a local youth center, where struggling and troubled teens and young adults who are frequently couch surfing, homeless, and/or addicted find a safe space and help. Whenever my schedule gets cramped or workload increases, I want to stop volunteering to “free” some time. … Continue reading The Gift of Seeking and Spending Time with Difference

What We “See” is What We Get and Become: How I’m Learning Seeing Everything and Everyone as a Gift Brings Heaven to Earth

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