Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

There I was the other day, minding my own business cleaning the house while listening to my iPod and singing ... when tears burst forth.  A mixture of deep grief, hope, sorrow, and joy flung the gates to my waterworks wide open.  The culprit was James Blunt and his song "Someone Singing Along".  In this … Continue reading Meditation on the Holiday Gift of Giving Kindness Without Borders & Hugs Without Exceptions

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Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

I am a FANATIC Seahawks fan, who hoots and hollers at the TV as if the players, coaches, and refs can actually hear me.  What is more, I'm also a life enthusiast, meaning I want ALL the goodness NOW!  With those in mind, a few weeks ago we had a couple of friends over to … Continue reading Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

There is no path topeace; peace isthe path.  It seems to me one of the biggest problems in the world today is division.  All too often when people think, look, believe, and/or act differently from us, we name them other, which all too easily allows and pushes us to exclude, ridicule, demonize, and even harm … Continue reading Why Replacing “Them” with “Us” will Change the World

Meditation on Harmonizing Our Head and Heart to Care for Others

We have a sacred responsibility to care for one another.  We belong to each other.  I say this more than anything because I need the reminder and encouragement.  You see, as some of my friends share about their parents needing extra attention and care due to age and/or illness, I imagine having to tend regularly to … Continue reading Meditation on Harmonizing Our Head and Heart to Care for Others

How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

While it’s kind of cool I can do fancy yoga poses most people would never dream of doing, do you know what’s truly SUPER cool?  You and I using our voices to increase Love! My wife Lisa and I went and saw “A Star is Born” with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga the other day and … Continue reading How to Become a Star in One Step: Use Your Voice to Increase Love

Life Lessons from Jason Mraz: Love is a Four Letter Word and More!

Music has a magical way of transforming us.  In many ways musicians are modern day prophets, telling us life-changing Truths disguised by a catchy hook.  We recently saw Jason Mraz in concert, and time and time again I found myself thinking: “Wow!  If, or when, we do what he’s saying things will be AMAZING.”  So, … Continue reading Life Lessons from Jason Mraz: Love is a Four Letter Word and More!

Embracing Those with Disabilities/Disorders Instead of Labeling “Them”

I have a disability, which prevents me from driving.  Sometimes this has left me feeling excluded or “less than”, while other times it hasn’t.  It seems to me the difference lay in how people “saw” me, and whether they then moved toward me, or not.  For instance, for several years I was a volunteer staff … Continue reading Embracing Those with Disabilities/Disorders Instead of Labeling “Them”

Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

It’s interesting to me that in America we pride ourselves on the separation of Church and state, yet they really aren’t … and both suffer from it.  Now, this is just a quick hit of me trying to encourage us to greater care and compassion, so please keep that in mind. 🙂 It’s interesting to … Continue reading Unity, Nonviolence, and Not Being Content: 3 Enlivening Christian Messages We Need More than Ever

Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

In class the other day my yoga teacher said something about moving beyond labels.  This struck an “AHA” chord in my soul as I realized while words are necessary, they can also limit, divide, hinder, and minimize because we often think labels define a person, place, or thing. Instead of naming, separating, and fighting as Republican … Continue reading Sometimes Words are Dumb: The Importance of Moving Beyond Labels

Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World

There I was, minding my own business thinking about how awesome heaven was going to be after I died when a voice in my head said: What if that’s NOT where you go?  Another voice added: I think death is the end period. Still another thought came wondering: How can any of us know what happens?  … Continue reading Seeing & Embracing our Schizo Selves is Essential for a Better World