Joy Warrior

Don't fight to be right, "fight" to spread joy! You know how kids are often super stoked for no particular reason? Like she or he is simply high on life? It's as if joy isn't the result of an experience or action, but is an inborn energy we can allow to bubble up and burst forth at … Continue reading Joy Warrior

Hope is Believing in a Stranger Future

Hope is believing in a stranger future. What do you want the coming days and years to hold for you? Your circle? Nation? The world? Hope is not only the powerful energy that guides us through dark times, it's the dynamic force that creates better realities. I see on the horizon, clear as day, healing, understanding, and … Continue reading Hope is Believing in a Stranger Future

The Garden Gospel

Fires are raging in Northern California, with more than 14 THOUSAND firefighters on the scene! Republicans and Democrats are hurling fiery words at each other like toddlers do with food. The U.S. is aflame because of racial division and injustice. Doesn’t it sometimes feel like it’s all going up in flames? Since fires like these … Continue reading The Garden Gospel

What do We Reflect?

My daughter once drew me a picture communicating that her kindness, compassion, and soul beauty were all smaller reflections of me. I mention Lara’s artistic gift (which I sadly can’t find), because as I reflect on my journey, learn from others, and grow into goodness, I see clearly how I reflect what I admire, focus … Continue reading What do We Reflect?

We are Walking Rainbows

Craziness, it seems to me, is less when a person has conflicting beliefs, multiple personalities, and a diversity of inward attitudes and views—but more when we don’t realize, hate, or refuse to admit, that we do! I have a hunch, the famous line from Alice in Wonderland, "You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But … Continue reading We are Walking Rainbows

Being a Peaceful Warrior

What is peace to you? How many people would honestly say they don't want peace? Why is it such a broadly and highly valued virtue is in such short supply in our world, and perhaps our lives? What is the path to peace within us, around us, and across the land? One of my favorite yoga … Continue reading Being a Peaceful Warrior

America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

In our rush to point out, fix, and dwell on the wrongs in our country (past + present), let's not forget we've done an awful lot of good as well! We become what we focus on, and stay what we ignore! So, while we definitely need to see, name, and heal our junk, I think it's vital … Continue reading America the Beautiful and Brutal: How Owning Both Makes a World of Difference

Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

What is justice? Like real, life-giving, healing, and unity-building justice? Recently, "No justice, no peace" is one of the sayings going around in the peaceful demonstrations and posts. I don't know about you, but justice as punishment, finger-pointing, and shame (go to forms), has never helped me. Quite the opposite, actually. I think of my 15-year … Continue reading Shalom: A Vision of Justice That Gives Life, Liberty, and Love

The Flavor and Favor of Silence

In the silence my worries grow loud and I am troubled. In the silence I hear the cries of the abused, oppressed, disgraced, and harmed, and my heart breaks. In the quiet my soul is soothed and I feel the presence of peace. In the quiet my heart begins to pump joy through my system. In the … Continue reading The Flavor and Favor of Silence

Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout

Kindness = Happiness. I don't think this mantra we have in Blissology could be more accurate overall, or more appropriate for the times we're in. The Gottman Institute is a group of relational experts led by a husband and wife who've devoted their lives to studying and sharing what makes or breaks relationships. While they say … Continue reading Exercising Kindness: My Favorite Workout