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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What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

What is prayer to you?  Growing up Christian, I think my experience of it was pretty normal.  It’s words one speaks/thinks to God, generally centered on praise, requests, and gratitude.  Interestingly, while in my memories the first two are pretty much all we did, these days I find focusing on thankfulness gets my soul singing … Continue reading What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

Lisa and I have an ongoing joke, wherein whenever we eat or drink something that tickles the back of our throat, causing us to cough uncontrollably, we ironically say "I'm dying."  Speaking of which, as the days have grown shorter and darker approaching the Winter Solstice, it seems to me I've been feeling death in … Continue reading Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

What does “heaven” mean to you?  I put “heaven” in quotes, because in addition to what we usually think of when we hear the word “heaven”, I’m also talking about where do you want to be?  What is paradise for you?  What is the point and goal of life to you?  More to the point, … Continue reading How Our View on “Heaven” is Wrecking Earth: An Observation on Global Warming and Salvation

The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

For most of my life I’ve primarily THOUGHT about God, believing my thinking was the entirety of our relationship.  As you might be able to guess, it was a rather studious, distant, and analytical relationship.  While I still believe my thoughts matter, these days I mainly eat, see, and feel the Divine, our connection is … Continue reading The Most Important Food Group is “God”: How the Eucharist Will Change Your Life

Meditation on Calming and Centering Our Minds via Our Feet

Feet are fabulous!  They're these magnificent marvels that move, flex, bend, root, and balance, allowing us to step, walk, jump, dance, and play.  When we stop to think about it, they're really quite incredible ... don't you think?  And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  Feet are also wonderful sensory organs that are gateways … Continue reading Meditation on Calming and Centering Our Minds via Our Feet

The Blissology Project: An Invite to Grow Happiness & Spread Love (Jan 22-Feb 4)

How has 2018 been for you so far?  I hope it's been great and continues to get better, and quite honestly, I'd LOVE to journey with you and help you in the endeavor.  Why?  My life mission is: Awaken, open to, and Be LOVE Together!  With that said, my yoga tribe/school (Blissology) kicks off something … Continue reading The Blissology Project: An Invite to Grow Happiness & Spread Love (Jan 22-Feb 4)

Tuning Out to Tune In and Up: Reflections on a Solstice Walk and the Contemplative/Centering Value of Nature

“The spiritual journey is a constant interplay between moments of awe followed by a process of surrender to that moment. We must first allow ourselves to be captured by the goodness, truth, or beauty of something beyond and outside ourselves. Then we universalize from that moment to the goodness, truth, and beauty of the rest of reality, until our … Continue reading Tuning Out to Tune In and Up: Reflections on a Solstice Walk and the Contemplative/Centering Value of Nature

Meditation on Seeing the “Solar Eclipses” Around Us ALL the Time: Living With/From Awe

That solar eclipse was a pretty crazy and awe inspiring thing, don't you think? The crossing of two celestial orbs brought dips in temperature, stillness in nature, and a sense of wonder to many people. Do you want to know a secret though? I'm convinced "eclipses" are present for you and I ALL the time. … Continue reading Meditation on Seeing the “Solar Eclipses” Around Us ALL the Time: Living With/From Awe