12 Gifts of Christianity

Cheers to you! 6+ years ago when I moved to Poulsbo, while I was unpacking, I came across the wedding vows my soon to be ex-wife and I had written for each other.  I decided to read them, and I don't know if I've ever been more undone and washed out by grief than in … Continue reading 12 Gifts of Christianity

Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

What do you do with your shame stories?  When my dad was a boy his father, who he had a special connection with, was killed overseas.  My mom was adopted and never met her bio parents.  When I was a boy my parents divorced, and since my dad was in the Army, I was separated … Continue reading Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

“God”?

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”?

Love in 24 Words – Part 2

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

Love in 24 Words – Part 1

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

Turning Violence into Nourishment: Talking About America’s Gun Culture, Mass Shootings, and the Way Forward

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

Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

What's one of your favorite words?  One I especially adore, and have a tat of, is "shalom".  While this Hebrew word is typically translated "peace", it also means wholeness, unity, and harmony.  It's basically shorthand for "everything as it should be".  Powerful stuff.  Along those lines, I recall in seminary talking about the collective shalom brought by … Continue reading Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

Our stories contain endless depths to explore and lessons to learn.  For instance, I just realized a powerful new life lesson from two of the worst moments in my life. I distinctly remember sitting on a plane 13 years ago and experiencing by far the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt (and I’ve flown several hundred … Continue reading The Gift of Grief (aka “Good Grief”): Let’s Talk About Death Part 3

“Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

If scars were championships, I’d have Michael Jordan and Tom Brady beat!  I’ve got the trach dent, a crooked eye, a bunch of marks from tubes to drain infected lungs, multiple stomach tube scars, a wrist with scaffolding, and all sorts of “interesting” stories on my face.  And those are just my PHYSICAL scars!  I … Continue reading “Scars” are Beautiful: We are Wounded & Resurrected at the Same Time

The Beloved One (A Poem to You)

The Beloved One sees you fully, loving every bit of your being. The Blissful One adores you always, regarding you with infinite fondness. The Blessed One delights deeply, in YOU, living your daily, "mundane" life. The Beautiful One celebrates you extravagantly, roaring approval because you ARE a champion. The Bountiful One hugs you fiercely, for … Continue reading The Beloved One (A Poem to You)