From Afraid and Disconnected to Peaceful and Loving: How My Views of God Have Shaped My Life

One of my favorite yoga teachers talks about connecting with "the God of your understanding".  Aside from wisely noting every person has a different conception of the Divine, I hear Seane Corn as pointing to something I increasingly find True: Whether we're a theist, atheist, agnostic, or all three, our mental image of God greatly shapes … Continue reading From Afraid and Disconnected to Peaceful and Loving: How My Views of God Have Shaped My Life

The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

#love #lovealone #onlylove #shine #bestlife #yoga #bliss #kindness #personalgrowth #transformation #joy #peace #wholeness #upwardspiral #kitsaphotyoga #sweetsantoshayoga #ashesyoga #blissology #blissarmy #wound #light #Rumi #winter #Christmas #solstice #darkness #selfstudy #Svadhyaya #alcoholicsanonymous Cheers to You! When I was in the Air Force, I learned the magic comes from the mess.  The elite warfighters weren't flawless.  They were the ones who … Continue reading The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

Giving Ourselves Permission to Cry, Wail, & Moan

One of my earlier memories is from a dirt clog fight with friends in Kanas.  Picture a snowball melee with dried clumps of dirt.  In our childhood enthusiasm, one of my friends pegged me in the face ... with a rock hidden at the center of the soil.  Ouch!  While the girl I had a … Continue reading Giving Ourselves Permission to Cry, Wail, & Moan

Minimalism, the Power of the Pause, and Wholehearted Living

Cheers to you! I struggle with making time to pause, rest, and slow down.  Can you relate?  Aside from the volume of things that have to be done and what I “think” I have to do, there's SO many people, places, and experiences I want to enjoy.  It's super easy for the suitcase of Lisa … Continue reading Minimalism, the Power of the Pause, and Wholehearted Living

The Rain’s Secret (A Poem)

"The rain told me a secret this morning," "It wants to let you in on it too," she shared. So, outside I sat, quieted, receptive, and slowed, Listening to the murmurs of small splashes.   As I settled, the waterfall of noise resolved, Into sounds of singular gifts of nourishment landing. A soft tune in … Continue reading The Rain’s Secret (A Poem)

Enlightenment is the Journey from My & Mine to Our & Ours

Cheers Beloved! I wonder if the terrible twos are because that's when kids start thinking and acting in terms of "my" and "mine"?  What's more, I'd ask if as a society we live stuck in our terrible twos?  Seriously!  The more I think and speak in terms of "my"/"mine", the smaller, more selfish, anxious, angry, … Continue reading Enlightenment is the Journey from My & Mine to Our & Ours

Letting the Spirit of “How May I Be of Service” Guide Us

In telling my story lately, my eyes have been opened to two key words in my life: Lack and Enough.  While insecurities bias me toward a space of lack, wherein I find my worth in the number of students in my classes, the amount of "likes" on social media, the volume of tasks I get … Continue reading Letting the Spirit of “How May I Be of Service” Guide Us

Everyone Belongs, There’s More Than Enough

Cheers Beloved! My first memories are from Germany.  My dad was in the Army, so I lived in Western Germany twice before I turned 12.  Growing up in a foreign land, living under the threat of nuclear war, having to stay inside because of Chernobyl, watching soldiers with assault rifles protect my elementary school because of … Continue reading Everyone Belongs, There’s More Than Enough

Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

What do you do with your shame stories?  When my dad was a boy his father, who he had a special connection with, was killed overseas.  My mom was adopted and never met her bio parents.  When I was a boy my parents divorced, and since my dad was in the Army, I was separated … Continue reading Finding Purpose and Healing in Shame

The Power of Self-Study and Celebration

Perhaps the worst and best part of both my divorces was the suffering.  You see, when my mental landscape was littered with boulders of blame and judgment toward my ex, MY LIFE SUCKED and I went into a downward spiral.  Yet, when I switched from being a passenger in to a driver of my life, from victimhood to ownership, from … Continue reading The Power of Self-Study and Celebration