For years I was distant and disconnected from my family, and myself. Yet, my mom and sister kept pursuing me with kindness—truly wondering how I was doing, caring for me in my hurts, and wholeheartedly desiring the best for me. Kindness, it turns out, was not only the key to unlocking my once frozen heart, but … Continue reading Kindness Kickstarter
I take our dog Biscuits out about 20 times a week, which is fine by me as I use the time to both enjoy fresh air and play Words with Friends. The other day though, a voice whispered, "don't play. Just be." So, with the cold wind blowing and rain falling steadily, that's what I … Continue reading Awe Makes Awesome
Hug yourself from the inside out! I had a pouting, "woe is me" moment the other night. Do you have those too? In debriefing it later with my wife, I realized all I really wanted was a "hug", as in an embrace of myself exactly as I was. This was still on my mind while I took … Continue reading Hug Yourself from the Inside Out
When I make dinner I listen to music, while dancing and singing (loudly). In fact, not long ago I was especially into a song, and mid-chorus saw a lady walking by outside give me an "are you possessed?" look. Whether you can carry a tune or not, there's something powerful and healing about singing at the … Continue reading Sing at the Top of Your Lungs!
After I take our dog, Biscuits, out, I’ll frequently pet and tell her she’s a “good girl”—and with a look of pure bliss, she’ll literally start purring. #adorable This got me thinking how amazing it feels to let our bodies, minds, and spirits “purr”, and what a gift it is to help someone else experience … Continue reading The Pleasure of “Purring”
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!
The name for the yoga practice I crafted for August is "Where the Streets Have No Name". Partially because we'll be doing some creative things, but mostly because lately I've been finding an extra yummy part of life's menu exists in the section that's "Beyond Words". For instance, not only do words fail to capture … Continue reading Where the Streets Have No Name
I should have died 10.5 years ago when I was 33. Yet, as traumatic as this unreal experience was (the above pic of me in the ICU was 47 days AFTER my accident), I can honestly say it was an incredible gift. You see, it keeps death before my eyes, which, crazy as it might sound, … Continue reading Why Keeping Death Always Before Your Eyes Makes Life Better: Let’s Talk About Death Part 5
There are moments when I see the essence of my wife Lisa. The radiance of her being is so beautiful even the best poetry would fall short of capturing her. Likewise, there are instances when the lines between us blur, blend, and vanish. Our connection is so rich I can't tell where "I" stop and … Continue reading Love Lacks Labels
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