Answer Your Fear With This Question

Have you had a life-or-death experience? Has someone close to you died? Do you shy away from the topic of death because it's uncomfortable? Those were questions I never contemplated for most of my life. Nowadays I embrace the conversation because I've realized that contemplating death can inform our lives powerfully. I was given an … Continue reading Answer Your Fear With This Question

How to Set Your Self Free

One of my yoga teachers would often say, "After enlightenment there's the dishes." A play on the Zen proverb, "After enlightenment, the laundry." The same old mundane things we thought we would escape by reaching or finally attaining "enlightenment" will be waiting for us. This brings to mind the question, Where are we trying to … Continue reading How to Set Your Self Free

This Isn’t A Dress Rehearsal

I used to work for a judge who was known for speaking his mind. He had a unique ability to reduce the meaning of life to one-liners. One of his famous ones went like so: "This isn't a dress rehearsal." We don't get a Take 2 on life. There's no do-overs. The days you sit … Continue reading This Isn’t A Dress Rehearsal

The Karmic Effect

I've been on the receiving end of some true beauty lately. Beauty through people's small, but mindful actions. A number of incidences in a row where I was unexpectedly gifted kindness, thoughtfulness, or love got me thinking about the concept of karma. In our modern day many people view karma as a repercussion or pay-back. … Continue reading The Karmic Effect

The Way, The Path & The Treasure

There is an old story that goes like this: A young boy traveled across Japan to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the dojo he was given an audience by the Sensei. "What do you wish from me?" the master asked. "I wish to be your student and become the … Continue reading The Way, The Path & The Treasure

A New Perspective of Pain

"Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional." I heard this quote for the first time recently, and it summed up a truth I had only uncovered after years of suffering. Pain happens to all of us through life. Suffering is how we perceive the pain, how we choose to process it, and how long we … Continue reading A New Perspective of Pain

Connection, Intention & Attention

I've been thinking about connection a lot lately. How we need it, thrive with it, and how it affects us. For a long time now I've felt like I'm in this vortex of connection. One leads to another to another, and I am energized and inspired. Through these connections I learned how to spark my … Continue reading Connection, Intention & Attention

Pass It On

Everywhere I go this week life seems to be offering me a hand, a smile, a sunny day, an invitation. It's easy to accept (or sometimes even expect) this kind of "help." Perhaps we've been extra good citizens or gone out of our way to be helpful or something like that and we feel deserving … Continue reading Pass It On

How to Live Your Life in 3D

We all love the incredible 3D experience of an IMAX movie. Watching a movie in 3D is intense, fascinating, riveting, stimulating. You feel like you are actually there. I started asking myself the question, Do I feel like that in my regular life? Do I feel that engaged, that fascinated, that stimulated, that awed by … Continue reading How to Live Your Life in 3D

When to Bend, Break & Breakthrough

When things get stressful, I've started to ask myself this question: Do you want to bend or break? In years past this wasn't a discussion. It wasn't a question. Therefore, it wasn't a choice. I would reach a limit and then break, collapse, give up. Now I see myself reaching a point or peak of … Continue reading When to Bend, Break & Breakthrough