Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

11 years ago I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  A few life saving, and plastic, surgeries later, the medical staff warned my family and friends the recovery would be LONG.  While they were spot on about that, they were mostly wrong in saying I'd reemerge foul-mouthed, angry, and confused.  Though I was certainly … Continue reading Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons

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Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

Do you ever stop and check in with yourself?  You know, a slow down for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and pause to notice what's going on inside type of deal.  In doing that this week I realized my heart was sobbing and my eyes wanted to water my face ... but my … Continue reading Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart

“Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

Since my eyes became crooked from slipping off a cliff and smashing my face into a boulder 11 years ago (you should see the rock!), I've noticed kids who are too young to know "better" will often stare at me without shame for a laughably long time.  While I'm definitely disabled, when I live into … Continue reading “Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished

Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

Over just a few short days, the tranquility of our peaceful little suburban community was broken by an ambulance pulling up just outside our house … THREE TIMES!  As we’d guessed, and later confirmed, our neighbor’s husband with dementia had had some medical/health “adventures”.  After she told me about it the other day, I expressed … Continue reading Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness

You know the saying, "you are what you eat"?  The further I adventure in life, the more I realize this is True on pretty much ALL levels.  What I'm saying is: Spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and relationally we become who we spend time with, the types of images we gaze upon, the ways of behaving we … Continue reading We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness

Turning Violence into Nourishment: Talking About America’s Gun Culture, Mass Shootings, and the Way Forward

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

The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS

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

Where the Streets Have No Name

The name for the yoga practice I crafted for August is "Where the Streets Have No Name".  Partially because we'll be doing some creative things, but mostly because lately I've been finding an extra yummy part of life's menu exists in the section that's "Beyond Words".  For instance, not only do words fail to capture … Continue reading Where the Streets Have No Name

God as a Verb

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

Feeling Freedom, A Gift of Living Yoga

The other day, while Lisa was sharing with me her frustration over the baked bean dish she'd made not being ready in time for the party with friends she made it for, I kept reassuring her everything was okay, she'd done the best she could, and she didn't need to be upset.  Maybe the third … Continue reading Feeling Freedom, A Gift of Living Yoga