Kindness Kickstarter

For years I was distant and disconnected from my family, and myself. Yet, my mom and sister kept pursuing me with kindness—truly wondering how I was doing, caring for me in my hurts, and wholeheartedly desiring the best for me. Kindness, it turns out, was not only the key to unlocking my once frozen heart, but … Continue reading Kindness Kickstarter

The Politics of Christianity

As fear of COVID-19 and the divisiveness of a presidential election sweep across America, I'm reminded how very political Jesus was in pretty UN-American ways.  At a minimum, I believe the Christ invites people of any, or no, religion to a new, incredible way of being human.  One marked by togetherness, interdependence, caring for all, … Continue reading The Politics of Christianity

Love Al(l)ways

I Love you.  If I could only ever say one thing to you or anyone else, even strangers or "enemies", it would be that.  As you are, for no reason, requirement, or expectation, I LOVE YOU!!! A few weeks ago, while listening to Seane Corn's book Revolution of the Soul, I heard her share a mantra … Continue reading Love Al(l)ways

Grace is God’s Middle Name

My daughter Lara's middle name is Grace.  I have a hunch if Spirit, Life, Reality, God, or whatever name/word resonates with you had a middle name, it'd be Grace as well.  You see, "grace", as I'm talking about it, means "gift"; neither deserved nor undeserved, but freely given.  If I think about it, I truly own nothing.  … Continue reading Grace is God’s Middle Name

Using Our/Life’s “Lemons” to Grow Lemon Trees

What do you do with the "lemon" moments in relationships and life?  My wife, Lisa, and I had one of those the other day.  Our voucher for exiting a parking garage in Seattle wasn't working, so we spent 5-10 minutes trying to get out ... while TEN cars lined up behind us!  What's more, during … Continue reading Using Our/Life’s “Lemons” to Grow Lemon Trees

The Life Changing Power of “This”

Yoga, it seems to me, can be summed up as the practice of this'ness.  Enjoying this breath.  Loving this person.  Witnessing this moment.  Caring for this world.  Cherishing this body.  Drinking in this scenery.  Giving our all to this task.  Listening well to this word.  Savoring this food.  Fully feeling this emotion or sensation ... especially ones we prefer to avoid.  Yoga is the radical embrace, presence, working with, experience, and Love of THIS. Some … Continue reading The Life Changing Power of “This”

Creating an Upward Spiral

Do you ever feel haunted by your past?  Are there moments where something in the present triggers a negative memory, which then goes into loop mode in your head and sends you on a downward spiral?  Me neither! 😉 On a serious note, though, the other day I found myself in said place; stuck in … Continue reading Creating an Upward Spiral

How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

I wonder if you can relate to this: In my mid teens I couldn’t wait to be able to drive.  In high school I longed for college.  At university I was anxious to graduate, move out of my parents’ house, and get a "real" job.  As a single man I couldn’t wait to get married.  … Continue reading How “This” is Heaven and “That” is Suffering

The Flow of Prayer

One of the big blessings of growing up as an Army brat, was I got to live in Germany.    From the git go, this helped me realize the beauty of otherness and value of different perspectives.  So, when a friend said something about praying as a command/statement instead of a plea or request, because that's … Continue reading The Flow of Prayer

What Lights You Up?

What lights you up like a perfectly decked out Christmas tree?  What makes work and chores easy or fun?  What brings meaning to your life, or is your purpose?  In "As You Think", philosopher and author James Allen says: "You will become as great as your dominant aspiration. ... If you cherish a vision, a lofty … Continue reading What Lights You Up?