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

The Blissology Project: An Invite to Grow Happiness & Spread Love (Jan 22-Feb 4)

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)

Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt   I’m an umm, “passionate” Seahawks fan. Remember the best/worst Super Bowl of all time? When the Patriots dramatically beat my Hawks in February 2015? As the game was drawing to an end, Seattle’s team was behind and needed to drive the length of the field … Continue reading Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

The other day my wife playfully, but seriously told me: "Christmas is everyday, because it's in your heart."  Laughingly I teased: "My heart must be awfully crowded, with Jesus and Love in there too!"  Seriously, though, I think she has a great point.  What if we lived everyday like it was Christmas?  I bet we … Continue reading Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

Loving the WORST Parts of Yourself is Essential for Happiness, Growth, Loving Others, and the Future of the World

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.” ― Hermann Hesse   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some form of the following: What you hate the most in other people, the thing others do that drives … Continue reading Loving the WORST Parts of Yourself is Essential for Happiness, Growth, Loving Others, and the Future of the World

Meditation on Choosing Happiness by Embracing the Suck

A key to choosing and manifesting happiness in our lives is to embrace the suck.  True story.  Scientific research shows how we process negative emotions is instrumental when it comes to determining how happy we are.  People who mindfully accept the 12 negative emotions, like sadness, loneliness, hopelessness, shame, and guilt, end up becoming more … Continue reading Meditation on Choosing Happiness by Embracing the Suck