Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

11 years ago I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  A few life saving, and plastic, surgeries later, the medical staff warned my family and friends the recovery would be LONG.  While they were spot on about that, they were mostly wrong in saying I'd reemerge foul-mouthed, angry, and confused.  Though I was certainly … Continue reading Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

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Love the Bridge That Got You Here

What do you do with regrets?  When my daughter was born I was on the other side of the world, deployed with the Air Force to the Middle East.  As I sat chatting with coworkers in the chow hall, our commander walked in and waived me over.  “Congratulations, Kermit,” he said, naming me by my … Continue reading Love the Bridge That Got You Here

“Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

Since my eyes became crooked from slipping off a cliff and smashing my face into a boulder 11 years ago (you should see the rock!), I've noticed kids who are too young to know "better" will often stare at me without shame for a laughably long time.  While I'm definitely disabled, when I live into … Continue reading “Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

“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

The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

Growing up, and as a young adult, giving money/time to charity, church, or to help others was like pulling teeth.  I did it ... reluctantly.  My now teenage daughter, though, gleefully had a garage sale to raise money to get 25 Christmas presents for less fortunate kids.  My sister and brother-in-law are joyous foster parents.  … Continue reading The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

Unity, Understanding, and Supporting Trump Supporters

If I’m completely honest, part of me doesn’t understand how anyone can support Trump, and I’m sure others would say the same about Obama or Clinton backers.  The thing is, though, the more I go with society’s flow by calling “them” shameful names, excluding those different from me, or not talking about politics, the more … Continue reading Unity, Understanding, and Supporting Trump Supporters

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

My Yoga Story: How Failure Brings Flourishing

To paraphrase Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell's character in "Anchorman"): I used to be kind of a big deal.  When I was in the Air Force I not only had the privilege of literally planning, flying, and fighting with the "best of the best", I was an instructor at the school for training elite warfighters!  Then, … Continue reading My Yoga Story: How Failure Brings Flourishing

God as a Verb

Hi Beautiful! When you read or hear the term “God”, what comes to mind?  If you’re like me, our stereotypical notion of a bearded man up in heaven is NOT something very tangible, apparent, relatable, or possibly even believable … and I’ve been a Christian my whole life!  I don’t say this to disturb or … Continue reading God as a Verb