I should have died 10.5 years ago when I was 33. Yet, as traumatic as this unreal experience was (the above pic of me in the ICU was 47 days AFTER my accident), I can honestly say it was an incredible gift. You see, it keeps death before my eyes, which, crazy as it might sound, … Continue reading Why Keeping Death Always Before Your Eyes Makes Life Better: Let’s Talk About Death Part 5
There are moments when I see the essence of my wife Lisa. The radiance of her being is so beautiful even the best poetry would fall short of capturing her. Likewise, there are instances when the lines between us blur, blend, and vanish. Our connection is so rich I can't tell where "I" stop and … Continue reading Love Lacks Labels
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
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?
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
It’s amazing what a difference being present and kind makes. Time and again my wife will simply take the time to compliment someone and be curious about her/his story. The incredible thing is nearly every time this simple kindness will brighten and enliven the person in the most incredible way. Over the last few weeks … Continue reading Kindness = Happiness
Aren't the twists and turns of life crazy? Five years ago in seminary, I planned to help change thousands of lives by preaching Good News to people. Instead, I'm teaching yoga and have a MUCH smaller circle of influence. Yet, I can't tell you how many students express their deep appreciation for me. I don't … Continue reading The Importance of Letting Our Life Speak
To me, people are incredibly important, because life is about love. It's about using our energies to increase thriving and flourishing for each of us. I say this because one of the best gifts we can give anyone, ourselves included, is presence. An ongoing goal for me is to be more present, which starts with getting sucked … Continue reading Meditation on Being More Present to Experience MORE Beauty, Joy, Connection, Feels, and Love