To paraphrase Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell's character in "Anchorman"): I used to be kind of a big deal. When I was in the Air Force I not only had the privilege of literally planning, flying, and fighting with the "best of the best", I was an instructor at the school for training elite warfighters! Then, … Continue reading My Yoga Story: How Failure Brings Flourishing
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
Parts of me are scared, nervous, and frustrated ... and it's fantastic! You see, partially by choice, and partially not, my occupational energies are shifting to destinations unknown along paths previously untraveled. Honestly, it's scary, thrilling, and paralyzing. Satya, the yogic practice of truthfulness, invites us to lovingly be honest with and about ourselves, and … Continue reading Don’t Fake It Until You Make It, Face It Until You Embrace It!
Hi Fabulous! I hope you’re having a wonderful day and are blessed by this offering. America has a breathing problem. All inhale, all the time. Our competitive consumer culture urges us to ONLY inhale, in that we’re all about acquiring, climbing, and winning. You know the saying, “happy wife, happy life”? At the risk of … Continue reading Breath Teaches Us How to Live, Love, and Die Well: Yoga Life Lessons
Hello beautiful beings! I hope you’re having a fabulous day. While I was out for a run and listening to a podcast the other day, in a sermon I heard Greg Boyd say: Everything you need to know about life, others, yourself, and God is revealed by Jesus on the cross. This rang True to … Continue reading 5 Ways the Cross Reveals Everything We Need to Know About Life and Death
What's one of your favorite words? One I especially adore, and have a tat of, is "shalom". While this Hebrew word is typically translated "peace", it also means wholeness, unity, and harmony. It's basically shorthand for "everything as it should be". Powerful stuff. Along those lines, I recall in seminary talking about the collective shalom brought by … Continue reading Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace
What do you think, or hope, happens after we die? Say we knew with 100% certainty what will occur, what would change for you here/now? While I don’t think that’s going to happen, I am convinced talking and sharing about death will make us less afraid, less anxious, and more loving now. While thinking about four … Continue reading What Might Happen After We Die and Why It Matters: Let’s Talk About Death Part 6
I don't know about you, but it's super easy for life's busyness, messages, and stresses to cause me to forget who I am, what life's about, and what's True about others. So, I figured I'd share 20 quick Truths I frequently remind myself, and others, about to help us center, calm, and celebrate (I'd love … Continue reading 20 Truths to Remember to Flourish in Life
I once said "the music in heaven will be all Dave Matthews Band, all the time" ... at church ... to hundreds of people. I mention that to express how much I LOVE the band. Dave's music moves me so deeply I have a tattoo of his lyrics that speak a poignant Truth: "Could I have … Continue reading Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?
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