When you can’t see out the window… and other problems with lack of clarity

Well, this has been the year. Covid has been around for a year now and the back to normal life will be slow to arrive. I know if you are like me, this is starting to get irritating. Looking back, it did give me time to slow down and to make some changes. I’ve had […]

Voices in Our Heads

I have been getting “messages” pretty strongly in the past few weeks to pay closer attention to the voices in my head. We all have them. Some came from parents, others from kids and teachers growing up and still more just by being a living, breathing human interacting in the world. We take in and […]

Psst..The Grass Isn’t Really Greener!

Contentment. con·tent·ment/kənˈtentmənt/ Learn to pronounce nounnoun: contentment a state of happiness and satisfaction. We have all had periods of unhappiness and stress in our lives. Somehow when we hit those low points we tell ourselves we are the only ones. The “other person” over there has no idea, they are at perfect peace and content […]

Sermon on the Mat #7 – Quiet the Monkey Mind

Monkey mind or mind monkey, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin’en 心猿 [lit. “heart-/mind–monkey“], is a Buddhist term meaning “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”. The yoga practices of pranayama and asana and meditation are methods that we can use to train the mind to focus on the present. This is desirable […]

What Brings You Down?

You know the song… “rainy days and Monday’s always get me down.” Well I can’t really say that rainy days or Monday’s get me down but I can tell you that there are things that really do get me down.  I think all of us share that commonality.  They may not be the same issues […]

Thoughts on Happiness

George Orwell said, “Happiness can only exist in acceptance.” Happiness and self acceptance go hand in hand.  You enjoy as much happiness as you believe you are worthy of.  Self acceptance is unconditional.  Taking a long, hard look at yourself and seeing the original truth of who YOU are.  It’s important to recognize weaknesses and […]

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 […]

Suicide: No More Hiding

Do you know someone who feels hopeless? lost? profoundly sad? Can you find compassion toward them or do you stay away when they begin that journey down the rabbit hole? Today we lost another celebrity life to suicide.  Anthony Bourdain’s life, Kate Spade’s life, along with countless others who’s lives we have known personally or […]