Celebrating Life: The 12th Anniversary of the Day I Should Have Died

Today is my 12th rebirth day; as on 11/10/08 I should have died after a nightmarish chain of events led to me plummeting 30 feet off a cliff, headfirst onto a boulder. While I'm always hesitant to share this, "don't be boastful" says a voice in my head, I decided to anyway. 🙂 Aside from "12" … Continue reading Celebrating Life: The 12th Anniversary of the Day I Should Have Died

From Frustrated to Fascinated: Healing Our Divides

#fascinated #curiosity #love #friendly #civildialogue #diversity #difference #understanding #healing #healingdivides #reconciliation #askwhy #tellmemore #kindness #lovealways #togetherness #unity #politics #selfstudy #yoga #personalgrowth #transformation #peace #wholeness #upwardspiral #kitsaphotyoga #sweetsantoshayoga #ashesyoga #blissology #blissarmy  Isn’t it incredible how differently we can see things? On day #3 of election purgatory, a popular blog I follow lamented how Biden as president … Continue reading From Frustrated to Fascinated: Healing Our Divides

Glowing in Grace

As much as I crave more of Will Farell on the cowbell, what I think we could really use more of these days is GRACE. Inspired by the immortal words of U2, I'd say: Grace finds the goodness in everything and everyone. Grace transforms ugly into beauty. Grace gently carries the burdens, wrongs, and shame … Continue reading Glowing in Grace

Hope is Believing in a Stranger Future

Hope is believing in a stranger future. What do you want the coming days and years to hold for you? Your circle? Nation? The world? Hope is not only the powerful energy that guides us through dark times, it's the dynamic force that creates better realities. I see on the horizon, clear as day, healing, understanding, and … Continue reading Hope is Believing in a Stranger Future

The Garden Gospel

Fires are raging in Northern California, with more than 14 THOUSAND firefighters on the scene! Republicans and Democrats are hurling fiery words at each other like toddlers do with food. The U.S. is aflame because of racial division and injustice. Doesn’t it sometimes feel like it’s all going up in flames? Since fires like these … Continue reading The Garden Gospel

America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

In our rush to point out, fix, and dwell on the wrongs in our country (past + present), let's not forget we've done an awful lot of good as well! We become what we focus on, and stay what we ignore! So, while we definitely need to see, name, and heal our junk, I think it's vital … Continue reading America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

What is justice? Like real, life-giving, healing, and unity-building justice? Recently, "No justice, no peace" is one of the sayings going around in the peaceful demonstrations and posts. I don't know about you, but justice as punishment, finger-pointing, and shame (go to forms), has never helped me. Quite the opposite, actually. I think of my 15-year … Continue reading Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

Being a Wounded Healer

These scars from my belly tubes, four insertions to drain my lungs when they were full of infection, and a tracheotomy are sacred reminders to me of how when we're too weak to eat, others can feed us, when we're too sick or injured to move, others can take good care of us, when we're … Continue reading Being a Wounded Healer

From Afraid and Disconnected to Peaceful and Loving: How My Views of God Have Shaped My Life

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

Shouting, Crying, and Trembling Your Way to Health

Hi beautiful friends, I like to growl.  What do you do when things go wrong, someone hurts you, you jack things up, and worse happens in life?  I growl to release the stress of frustrations, because the energies we don't let out, get locked in our bodies, progressively making us more anxious, depressed, sleepless, tense, achy, … Continue reading Shouting, Crying, and Trembling Your Way to Health