Sermon on the Mat #6: Tonglen

Tonglen is a Tibetan Buddhist practice. It takes the typically egoic way of wanting to avoid pain and gravitate towards pleasure, and turns it on its head. Instead, we learn to breathe in what’s uncomfortable and painful in the world, and breathe out blessings, comfort and happiness. Tonglen meditation is truly transformative, putting into perspective […]

I am a Christian who practices Yoga

I am a Christian who practices yoga daily. There is a belief that you can’t be a faithful Christian and practice yoga. This saddens me greatly.  As with anything, it is a matter of intentionality.  I have done a lot of reading on this topic over the last two years and have contemplated on the […]

Sermon On The Mat #5: Living Grace Through Sabbath Keeping

Why are we so rarely in the state of grace?  I believe the reason is that we rarely have the courage to expand ourselves fully in the moment.  Living with grace is knowing what time it is, and then acting in sync with it.  If we draw from Ecclesiastes Chapter 3: “there is a time […]

Dolce far Niente – The Art of Doing Nothing

One of my favorite Italian sayings is “Dolce far Niente”, which means “the sweetness of doing nothing.” It does not mean being lazy, it is referring to the pleasure one gets from being idle. … Dolce far Niente is something Italians embrace and something they do very well.  Maybe this is why I LOVE Italy […]

Sermon On The Mat 4: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness/ The Image and Likeness of God

I am in the middle of this beautiful book entitled, “The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness” by Rabbi Rami Shapiro.  I picked it up on the last night of my silent retreat at Mepkin Abbey and never got to read it through but I knew I had to spend time in this book so I ordered […]