A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

Since 2014, when Lara starts school I've written her a letter to encourage her, remind her what matters in life, and assure her she's extravagantly Loved exactly as she is.  I don't know about you, but the messiness, stresses, and hurts in life make it easy to forget kindness, courage, worth, vulnerability, our own unique … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter as She Starts High School

My Yoga Story: How Failure Brings Flourishing

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

You Have Permission

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't know how to act?  One of the blessings of marrying Lisa was gaining three adult "kids" and seven grandchildren.  The weird part, though, is having only been in their lives for a few years, we don't have a dad or granddad type of relationship, … Continue reading You Have Permission

The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

Why “Naked” Warrior is Yoga and Life’s Peak Pose: The Importance of Vulnerability

I think Naked Warrior is the peak yoga pose. Now, before you potentially flip out or ignore me, I’m NOT talking about physical nudity, but vulnerability. I’m getting at the wholehearted life that comes with taking our relational and emotional armor off to reveal our total and true selves. For instance, one way I know … Continue reading Why “Naked” Warrior is Yoga and Life’s Peak Pose: The Importance of Vulnerability

Giving Yourself Permission to be You

When my guy friends start talking about fixing cars, repairing appliances, remodeling or building stuff in the house/yard, or other typical “guy” stuff, it’s like they’re speaking Greek to me.  Normal “manly” endeavors like this are so NOT my jam. When helping friends or family move I’ll regularly find myself feeling awkward or helpless when something … Continue reading Giving Yourself Permission to be You

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

Some Yoga that’s for EVERY Body, Right Here & Right now: Tune Your Chakras, Tune Your Life

I think you and I are conduits for Love.  We’re places where Heaven comes to earth.  Life is a school of Love and our job here is to learn to love, to care and be cared for.  Often this is amazing, yet sometimes it hurts.  How do we maximize the bliss and minimize the pain … Continue reading Some Yoga that’s for EVERY Body, Right Here & Right now: Tune Your Chakras, Tune Your Life