Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

Over just a few short days, the tranquility of our peaceful little suburban community was broken by an ambulance pulling up just outside our house … THREE TIMES!  As we’d guessed, and later confirmed, our neighbor’s husband with dementia had had some medical/health “adventures”.  After she told me about it the other day, I expressed … Continue reading Don’t Just DO Something, SIT There – Calm, Collected, Grounded, Connected, & Centered Makes Us MUCH More Effective (Yoga Life Lessons)

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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

God as a Verb

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

The Pleasure Principle: How Balancing Your 5 Pleasure Centers Will Light Up Your Life

Hello Amazing Soul! I hope you’re having a wonderful day. One of my greatest joys in life is gazing in wonder at people close to me when they’re doing something that lights her/him up! My wife, Lisa, beams when she’s hosting, cooking, or after a good run or ride.  While, Lara, my daughter, glows when she’s acting, showing … Continue reading The Pleasure Principle: How Balancing Your 5 Pleasure Centers Will Light Up Your Life

Meditation on Becoming a Passer of Peace

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 Might Happen After We Die and Why It Matters: Let’s Talk About Death Part 6

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

Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?

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)?

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

Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

I wonder if you can relate with this?  When I was younger I was told, and believed, while we’re supposed to spread love and kindness, we’re inherently broken and bad.  Grace meant against “His” better judgment, God turned a blind eye to my faults and reluctantly decided to love me anyway.  We truly become our … Continue reading Love Doesn’t Ask You to Change, It Changes You

The Beloved One (A Poem to You)

The Beloved One sees you fully, loving every bit of your being. The Blissful One adores you always, regarding you with infinite fondness. The Blessed One delights deeply, in YOU, living your daily, "mundane" life. The Beautiful One celebrates you extravagantly, roaring approval because you ARE a champion. The Bountiful One hugs you fiercely, for … Continue reading The Beloved One (A Poem to You)