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
10 years later, I still sometimes get really frustrated I can't drive. Or agitated the lack of peripheral vision preventing that, imagine missing 50% of your field of vision, also leads to knocking over and breaking things, hitting my head on walls as I turn, or painfully smacking a knee or toes on hard objects … Continue reading The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS
Hi beautiful being! In yoga’s physical practice, we make a point of equally working, stretching, and valuing both the left and right sides of our bodies. To do otherwise would create imbalance. It seems to me the same lesson applies to life. There has ALWAYS been both the political right (conservative) and left (liberal), much … Continue reading Why Valuing Both the Right and Left Creates Harmony: Yoga Life Lessons
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
Hi Fabulous! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and are blessed by this offering. America has a breathing problem. All inhale, all the time. Our competitive consumer culture urges us to ONLY inhale, in that we’re all about acquiring, climbing, and winning. You know the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? At the risk of … Continue reading Breath Teaches Us How to Live, Love, and Die Well: Yoga Life Lessons
I can't smell. At all! Wouldn't that be weird? The craziest part is, after my surreal and nearly fatal hiking accident in 2008, it took more than a year to realize I couldn't smell anymore. THAT, is how POWERFUL our brains are! I expected to smell the coffee aromas at Starbucks, the fresh spring smells … Continue reading Our Brain is like a Superhero(villain)’s Weapon, Let’s Use It for Good!
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
I don't know about you, but it's super easy for life's busyness, messages, and stresses to cause me to forget who I am, what life's about, and what's True about others. So, I figured I'd share 20 quick Truths I frequently remind myself, and others, about to help us center, calm, and celebrate (I'd love … Continue reading 20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life
I had big plans for this year! Exciting things that have been brewing for a while, like getting my book about my accident and the life-giving centrality of Love when it comes to life, relationships, and God published, as well as becoming a life coach. 6 months in, though, I've made like 1% progress on … Continue reading Meditation on the Lovingkindness Revolution!
Do you ever have a thought or impulse that's inappropriate, uncomfortable, or "bad"? I know I do! The other day, one thought bubble led to another, and before I knew it, I was shocked and dismayed by the notion my mind had centered on. Before my inner shame police got too far into reading me … Continue reading Meditation on the Importance of Loving Our Messy Emotions