11 years ago I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A few life saving, and plastic, surgeries later, the medical staff warned my family and friends the recovery would be LONG. While they were spot on about that, they were mostly wrong in saying I'd reemerge foul-mouthed, angry, and confused. Though I was certainly … Continue reading Why Having a Strong Centering Point Amidst the Storms of Life Makes a World of Difference: Yoga Life Lessons
Do you ever stop and check in with yourself? You know, a slow down for a moment, take a few deep breaths, and pause to notice what's going on inside type of deal. In doing that this week I realized my heart was sobbing and my eyes wanted to water my face ... but my … Continue reading Feeling ALL the Things with a Joyous Spirit and Content Heart
What do you do with regrets? When my daughter was born I was on the other side of the world, deployed with the Air Force to the Middle East. As I sat chatting with coworkers in the chow hall, our commander walked in and waived me over. “Congratulations, Kermit,” he said, naming me by my … Continue reading Love the Bridge That Got You Here
Since my eyes became crooked from slipping off a cliff and smashing my face into a boulder 11 years ago (you should see the rock!), I've noticed kids who are too young to know "better" will often stare at me without shame for a laughably long time. While I'm definitely disabled, when I live into … Continue reading “Disabled” but Not Different or Diminished
Hi Beautiful! Today I thought I’d try something different and write about an easy, breezy, and 100% noncontroversial topic … insert laughter here … so let’s talk about God! What does "God" mean to you? Perhaps more importantly, how does one experience and relate with the Divine? I heard ANY naming of the Divine, including … Continue reading “God”?
What do you do when you feel defeated or deflated? While the positivity I generally radiate is 100% authentic, I occasionally wonder/think: "Why do I even bother? Why do I spend hours writing posts and blogs to encourage and increase Love when it seems like barely anyone cares? What's wrong with my yoga teaching when … Continue reading How to Defeat a Feeling of Failure and Funkiness
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
You know the saying, "you are what you eat"? The further I adventure in life, the more I realize this is True on pretty much ALL levels. What I'm saying is: Spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally, and relationally we become who we spend time with, the types of images we gaze upon, the ways of behaving we … Continue reading We are What We “Eat” (Mind, Body, & Spirit), Let’s “Feast” Upon Beauty & Goodness
10 years later, I still sometimes get really frustrated I can't drive. Or agitated the lack of peripheral vision preventing that, imagine missing 50% of your field of vision, also leads to knocking over and breaking things, hitting my head on walls as I turn, or painfully smacking a knee or toes on hard objects … Continue reading The Path to Awesomeness in Life is ALLSOMENESS
Parts of me are scared, nervous, and frustrated ... and it's fantastic! You see, partially by choice, and partially not, my occupational energies are shifting to destinations unknown along paths previously untraveled. Honestly, it's scary, thrilling, and paralyzing. Satya, the yogic practice of truthfulness, invites us to lovingly be honest with and about ourselves, and … Continue reading Don’t Fake It Until You Make It, Face It Until You Embrace It!