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

The Path to Wellbeing is Paved with Curiosity and Kindness

While my wife and I were watching TV, as I brought my glass of sparkling water to my lips, I spilled all over myself because it was fuller than I thought and I mistimed the approach. Doh! The worst part, though, is, I instantly grew defensive and reacted with a "someone else is to blame" words … Continue reading The Path to Wellbeing is Paved with Curiosity and Kindness

Thinking AUM

When I first started practicing yoga I remember being a bit skeptical about chanting "Om" (or AUM). It seemed woo-woo, foreign, weird, and perhaps not okay. YET, I quickly realized sitting or participating in AUMing feels delicious. So, I decided to look up what it's about. One thing that stuck with me is it's said … Continue reading Thinking AUM

Escaping the “Boxes” We Get Put in to Become More Wildly Alive

Expectations can be like prisons.  One of my most powerful memories is from after I graduated university and was working at Costco while I figured my future out.  My high school Honors Chemistry teacher came thru the register I was boxing items for, looked at me with equal parts confusion, friendliness, and disappointment, and said she … Continue reading Escaping the “Boxes” We Get Put in to Become More Wildly Alive

“God”, a Word for That Which is Beyond Words

The first time I heard someone say our words and titles for "God" are really just metaphors I was a bit taken aback.  Yet, the more I ponder, practice, and experience, the more I find this to be True and helpful.  After all, as Augustine said, "If you comprehend it, it is not God."  The Divine, … Continue reading “God”, a Word for That Which is Beyond Words

Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross

What does the cross and Easter mean to you?  There are SO many theories and such a variety of beliefs, it's almost as if the cross's impact is too poignant and powerful for words!  In this year of seeing things clearly (2020), I'm choosing to meditate on and be enlivened by three main meanings Jesus gave it, … Continue reading Freedom, Celebration, and Unity: The Meaning of the Cross