Why Ask “Why”?

Until my mid-thirties I had a strict 2 drinks max policy.  On the other side of that, though, I thoroughly overdid things to my detriment a few times.  The day after the last time I drank mindlessly, I had 2 grand mal seizures!!!  Why?  Because having always been a "good boy" I wanted to rebel.  Why? … Continue reading Why Ask “Why”?

Using Our/Life’s “Lemons” to Grow Lemon Trees

What do you do with the "lemon" moments in relationships and life?  My wife, Lisa, and I had one of those the other day.  Our voucher for exiting a parking garage in Seattle wasn't working, so we spent 5-10 minutes trying to get out ... while TEN cars lined up behind us!  What's more, during … Continue reading Using Our/Life’s “Lemons” to Grow Lemon Trees

The Life Changing Power of “This”

Yoga, it seems to me, can be summed up as the practice of this'ness.  Enjoying this breath.  Loving this person.  Witnessing this moment.  Caring for this world.  Cherishing this body.  Drinking in this scenery.  Giving our all to this task.  Listening well to this word.  Savoring this food.  Fully feeling this emotion or sensation ... especially ones we prefer to avoid.  Yoga is the radical embrace, presence, working with, experience, and Love of THIS. Some … Continue reading The Life Changing Power of “This”

Just Mercy: Healing Ourselves and Our Country

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

The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

#love #lovealone #onlylove #shine #bestlife #yoga #bliss #kindness #personalgrowth #transformation #joy #peace #wholeness #upwardspiral #kitsaphotyoga #sweetsantoshayoga #ashesyoga #blissology #blissarmy #wound #light #Rumi #winter #Christmas #solstice #darkness #selfstudy #Svadhyaya #alcoholicsanonymous Cheers to You! When I was in the Air Force, I learned the magic comes from the mess.  The elite warfighters weren't flawless.  They were the ones who … Continue reading The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

The Power of Self-Study and Celebration

Perhaps the worst and best part of both my divorces was the suffering.  You see, when my mental landscape was littered with boulders of blame and judgment toward my ex, MY LIFE SUCKED and I went into a downward spiral.  Yet, when I switched from being a passenger in to a driver of my life, from victimhood to ownership, from … Continue reading The Power of Self-Study and Celebration