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
Cheers friend! After an incredible night eating, drinking, and connecting with friends, when we got home at 10pm I told Lisa I'd clean the kitchen up, take the dog out, and get the coffee ready so she could go straight to bed, since she would get up at 430am the next day to meet a friend … Continue reading How Silence & Thinking Less is the Path to Greater Love, Unity, & Wholeness
Cheers! Do you have any "silly" or interesting rituals, like when kids try to avoid stepping on sidewalk cracks? When it comes to my Seahawks fandom, I'm pretty ridiculous because I "know" my actions throughout the week impact the game. I'll hold yoga poses for 12 counts, dry my hair to multiples of 12, schedule … Continue reading Get Your Shine On!
One of the benefits of having a bit of OCD is my daily workouts aren't options, they're what I do. A downfall of this mentality, though, is it can sometimes get in the way of important stuff, like, you know, connecting with people! Ridiculous as it may sound, on Saturday Lisa's daughter, Tiffany, invited us … Continue reading Finding Santosha (WOWness) in All Situations
I LOVE yoga and Jesus! The brilliant thing is they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, the combination of which, to me, is basically heaven in your mouth. While I’ve “only” been practicing yoga for a bit over eight years, I’ve been Christian my whole life. The thing is, over the last few years … Continue reading 6 Ways Yoga is Prayer
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?
Do you pray? Why? I’ve been Christian my whole life and grew up with a good bit of obligation, “should”, and “ought to” when it came to my faith, so for a good bit of time I prayed because I was supposed to. God expected us to pray, so I did. Yet, it was often … Continue reading Why Pray? Relationship.
The weirdest thing happened not long ago. More than one person referred to me as “enlightened”, “or something like that”, a couple of whom wanted to get together to talk about life, transformation, and their journeys. Now, I would definitely NOT say I’m enlightened … though I think wisdom would say it’s good to hear … Continue reading Practices, Rituals, and Routines for Staying and Growing in Awesomeness, ESPECIALLY When Things Get Crazy
“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
Doesn’t it seem like as we age (I think I’m going to go with “age” instead of “get older” because good wine gets better with age, whereas old is just … um … OLD, but I digress 🙂 Doesn’t it seem like as we age, there are more and more bits of wisdom and goodness … Continue reading I Wish I’d Learned How to Pray Like This Sooner: A Way to Pray that Transforms Us