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

Heaven is in Your Toes

Heaven is in your toes. Bliss rests on my fingertips. Enlightenment shimmers on our faces. One of the biggest gifts of practicing yoga, has been increasingly experiencing the truth of these statements. You see, while our beautiful brain is super good at decisions, judgments, comparisons, and critiques, it's not so helpful when it comes to … Continue reading Heaven is in Your Toes

Let Go and Let Love

For as long as I can remember, I've measured success by numbers. My score on a test, rank in a class or on a performance report, weight on the scale, speed for a run, number of students in my class, the number of "likes" on a post, the bottles of wine we own, and so … Continue reading Let Go and Let Love

The Politics of Christianity

As fear of COVID-19 and the divisiveness of a presidential election sweep across America, I'm reminded how very political Jesus was in pretty UN-American ways.  At a minimum, I believe the Christ invites people of any, or no, religion to a new, incredible way of being human.  One marked by togetherness, interdependence, caring for all, … Continue reading The Politics of Christianity

What I’m Doing with a Hurtful Email

Has anyone ever said or written something to/about you that made you feel like your heart had been literally stabbed?  I got an email like that the other day.  Ouch!  I've come to realize the thing that tears me apart the most is when someone inaccurately thinks or speaks poorly of my character, nature, intentions, … Continue reading What I’m Doing with a Hurtful Email

How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

I wonder if you can relate to this: In my mid teens I couldn’t wait to be able to drive.  In high school I longed for college.  At university I was anxious to graduate, move out of my parents’ house, and get a "real" job.  As a single man I couldn’t wait to get married.  … Continue reading How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

The Flow of Prayer

One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany.    From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives.  So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer

Get Your Shine On!

Cheers! Do you have any "silly" or interesting rituals, like when kids try to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks?  When it comes to my Seahawks fandom, I'm pretty ridiculous because I "know" my actions throughout the week impact the game.  I'll hold yoga poses for 12 counts, dry my hair to multiples of 12, schedule … Continue reading Get Your Shine On!

Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities

Cheers! Even though the Seahawks literally lost to the 49ers in a heartbreaking manner, as we left the game, I told Lisa I felt like we won.  In the purity of that moment, I believe my heart was speaking from a bigger and more True place.  And, while it's my jam, I'm not talking about … Continue reading Cultivating Heavenly Thoughts to Experience Heavenly Realities

The Gospel of Mary

Cheers! Why has Mary, Jesus' mom, fascinated so many people for so long?  Why do some of our notions about her border on mythological and magical?  Similarly, when it comes to Mary Magdalene, why do Dan Brown (and others) speculate she was married to Jesus?  There's something about "Mary", and it seems to me they provide … Continue reading The Gospel of Mary