The Love is IN Your Heart

While I was practicing my yoga class for February, "The Love is IN Your Heart", I had an aha moment.  In one flow you reach your hands forward and back with palms up on the inhale, and then sweetly collect them to heart's center on the exhale.  On my mat I realized this symbolizes how … Continue reading The Love is IN Your Heart

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You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

Have you ever set a resolution, planned something wonderful, or decided to make a change for the better … only to be quickly doubted by inner/outer critics, have all sorts of distractions arise, be shamed at the first misstep, and/or be questioned for even trying?  I wrote a book and am ready to look for … Continue reading You are Enough and Can Do Hard Things: How to Defeat the Resistance to Our Resolutions, Dreams, and Growth

Every Day is a Gift, a Chance to Start Anew

Sometimes I feel haunted by my past.  I keep replaying the tapes of my struggles, weaknesses, and losses ... which, ironically, frequently dooms me to repeat them.  For example, after I got remarried again following my first divorce, when something Carla did reminded me of when my first marriage went south, I'd get a bit … Continue reading Every Day is a Gift, a Chance to Start Anew

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

Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

Lisa and I have an ongoing joke, wherein whenever we eat or drink something that tickles the back of our throat, causing us to cough uncontrollably, we ironically say "I'm dying."  Speaking of which, as the days have grown shorter and darker approaching the Winter Solstice, it seems to me I've been feeling death in … Continue reading Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

I love playing games and often do pretty well at them.  Honestly, this is so much the case that multiple people have said, “Lang ALWAYS wins.” The problem with this is it’s because I’m quite competitive … though I’d like to think I’m recovering from this. 🙂 One reason my competiveness is a problem is there … Continue reading Why We Should Join Jesus in Killing Our “Pigs”: Being Freed from What Holds Us Back

Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

You know what helps me become less selfish and more giving?  My wife Lisa's love of my selfishness.  What I mean by this is Lisa loves ALL of me exactly as I am.  She accepts every single bit of me for no reason, which is what love does.  As a yoga teacher I end up … Continue reading Meditation on the Transformative Power of Loving All of Us Just as We Are

The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Ten years ago today I should have died.  In a freak family hiking accident, I slipped, slid, and plummeted THIRTY FEET headfirst off a cliff onto a boulder.  In reflecting on this traumatic event, I can truthfully say this horror has been transformed into one of the best things that ever happened to me.  It … Continue reading The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness

What do you and I do with suffering?  There is SO MUCH hurt, fear, and pain in the world.  Even when my family, friends, and I are doing great, watching the news, reading the headlines, and so on brings me face to face with sorrow.  It's unavoidable.  My bias is to ignore it, make a … Continue reading Meditation on Transforming Suffering Into Sweetness