The Gospel of Snuggling

In the stillness and quiet of my first waking moments, I like to begin my day by listening to Spirit for a word or image to center my day on.  While it’s usually things like joy, curiosity, care, calm, and the like, the other day, much to my surprise it was SNUGGLE.  With a laugh … Continue reading The Gospel of Snuggling

A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

As I made the horrifying transition into puberty, marked by the beginning of middle school, my family both moved from Germany to Washington state and fell apart, as after years of struggle my parents decided to get a divorce.  The Army was reassigning my dad to California, so this meant he’d be largely absent, as … Continue reading A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy, then you will discover in that choice the … Continue reading Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Giving Thanks for My Broken Toe: Being Swept Up in the Ocean of Good

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know for sure if my toe is truly broken … though it probably is. 🙂 You see, nearly two weeks ago I came home from teaching yoga and set my backpack on a barstool to unload a few things, like I always do. Per the norm, I then grabbed … Continue reading Giving Thanks for My Broken Toe: Being Swept Up in the Ocean of Good

Contrary to Culture’s Message on Relationships: For an Incredible and Joy-Filled Life You Only Need Yourself … AND a Village

"Paradoxically, personal fulfillment means abandoning ourselves and putting others first. It means moving beyond wanting to be loved and moving into becoming lovers. It means growing past our need for things and discovering happiness in giving things away—even giving ourselves away, as Jesus did." - Rowan Williams   Polyamorous relationships. Lately, I’ve met several incredible … Continue reading Contrary to Culture’s Message on Relationships: For an Incredible and Joy-Filled Life You Only Need Yourself … AND a Village

Meditation on the Life-Giving Power of Perspective

I've been thinking a lot lately about the power of our perspectives. Specifically, I wonder if a good chunk of our troubles, sorrows, and frustrations in life, especially when it comes to relationships, stems MORE from our OWN perspectives than the actions or inactions of others? I think on how much happier and more at … Continue reading Meditation on the Life-Giving Power of Perspective