Marrying Humanness & Spirit

This morning during my meditation time one of my readings came from Mark Nepo’s Book of Awakening. The title read, “To Marry One’s Soul”. Even before I began to read, I paused and sat with this idea for several minutes. What can up for me was no only beautiful, but powerful. I would love for […]

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 […]

To Roll the Stone off the Heart

Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” Is this the life you want?  I know I do. Jesus’ life is a blueprint of how we are asked to live.  John O’Donohue wrote, “Jesus never avocated a life that confined itself with safe, complacent walls.” Jesus called people […]

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 […]

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 […]