How the Way We “Approach” Death is Killing Us: Let’s Talk About Death Part 1

In my journey of personal growth and development I’ve found perhaps the most important movement toward transformation/enlightenment/salvation is awareness.  Becoming truly aware, with “eyes wide open”, of the past trauma(s) trapping us, the cultural messages enslaving us, our internal narratives keeping us stuck, and so on, is crucial because more often than not we simply … Continue reading How the Way We “Approach” Death is Killing Us: Let’s Talk About Death Part 1

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You Have Permission

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't know how to act?  One of the blessings of marrying Lisa was gaining three adult "kids" and seven grandchildren.  The weird part, though, is having only been in their lives for a few years, we don't have a dad or granddad type of relationship, … Continue reading You Have Permission

Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

I wonder if you can relate with this?  When I was younger I was told, and believed, while we’re supposed to spread love and kindness, we’re inherently broken and bad.  Grace meant against “His” better judgment, God turned a blind eye to my faults and reluctantly decided to love me anyway.  We truly become our … Continue reading Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

Heaven is in Your Heart

20+ years ago when a dear friend of mine was getting married, as he and I stood in a side room right before the ceremony, tears began rolling down his face.  Confused, I asked him why he was crying.  "I'm just so happy," he replied.  It was years before I really understood what he meant. … Continue reading Heaven is in Your Heart

Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

Teaching yoga I get to regularly interact with attractive ladies.  As you might imagine, thought bubbles related to their prettiness arise from time to time.  While I'm realizing this is normal and natural, the danger is when I identify with these thoughts, which is all too common for us.  It seems to me we've made … Continue reading Meditation on How Our Thoughts Transform Our Reality

Meditation on Breathing Divinity, Seeing Beauty, Feeling Kindness, and Being Love

I frequently shake my head in disbelief at how kind and caring my daughter is.  When I was 14 my world revolved around sports, fun with friends, school, and girls.  The loving kindness Lara shows toward everyone wasn't even on my radar until well into my adulthood!  Why?  How did she blossom so quickly?  Like … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Divinity, Seeing Beauty, Feeling Kindness, and Being Love

The Seductive Quality of the Dark Side

A few years ago Ewan McGregor played Jesus in the movie “Last Days in the Desert”.  This movie was about the devil’s temptation of the Christ in the desert, and, in what I think was a super brilliant move, the director had Ewan play both Jesus andthe devil.  I find this marvelous because it portrays … Continue reading The Seductive Quality of the Dark Side

The Love is IN Your Heart

While I was practicing my yoga class for February, "The Love is IN Your Heart", I had an aha moment.  In one flow you reach your hands forward and back with palms up on the inhale, and then sweetly collect them to heart's center on the exhale.  On my mat I realized this symbolizes how … Continue reading The Love is IN Your Heart

Bringing MLK’s Dream to Life: Our Kindness Brings Others Brightness

Happy Martin Luther King Day everyone! It seems to me every moment of kindness and care, however small, is a realization of his beautiful dream. Last Friday, Lisa (my wife), Lara (my daughter), and I got to help some friends serve people at a soup kitchen type deal. It blew my mind how much joy … Continue reading Bringing MLK’s Dream to Life: Our Kindness Brings Others Brightness

Two Ways We Should Judge Everybody: You are Light. You are Love

My yoga teacher, Eoin Finn, says “yoga is a feeling, not a shape,” which I find to be true not just in yoga, but also in life.  Life isn’t about trying to become something glorious externally (as society often tells us to do), but reconnecting to the inner, inborn, divinely given glory withinus.  I’d say … Continue reading Two Ways We Should Judge Everybody: You are Light. You are Love