When my wife and I saw "Just Mercy", a movie based on the true story of Bryan Stevenson fighting for people unjustly convicted or sentenced, my eyes teared and heart ached the entire movie. We have this "interesting" human tendency where instead of doing the hard work to face and heal an issue head-on, we put … Continue reading Just Mercy: Healing Ourselves and Our Country
Recently, during my yoga classes, after we’ve been moving and gotten the blood flowing for a while, I’ll ask students to stop, close their eyes, and feel what they feel in their body and spirit … without labels/names/words attached. I encourage this practice of pure, unfiltered awareness because as helpful and essential as words are, … Continue reading Why Moving Beyond Labels and Becoming Liberal AND Conservative, Theist AND Atheist, and Such is Awesome
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?
In yoga we generally end our practice with Namaste, meaning "the Divine in me sees and honors the Divine in you." This sweet, yet radical reminder mirrors my Christian tradition in that Namaste declares EACH of us has divine beauty, eliminates the borders between and within us, proclaims everyone essentially and fundamentally precious and good, and eliminates any … Continue reading Meditation on Breathe and Be to Connect to Big Bliss
I find the emphasis Jesus places on kids to be fascinating. For instance, the Christ encouraged us to have the faith of a child and, after His followers tried to shoo the children away, told them to let the kiddos come to Him. In reflecting on this, Richard Beck wrote: "I think children teach us … Continue reading Meditation on Seeing, Valuing, and Celebrating People