Noise: Let nothing disturb your focus, and nothing force you to struggle.


It's been noisy recently.  Distractions in all forms pulling and blurring focus. Yesterday afternoon, determined to continue songwriting, I entered the peace and comfort of our backyard.  Seated in the refreshing autumn air under waning sunlight I drank in clear skies, brilliant blossoms, vibrant new growth in shifting seasons. Closing my eyes to softly clouded …

Self-doubt and thanksgiving: You are never in question.


I've been privileged to spend time recently with friends who are an incredible inspiration, the kind of people who defy category and live abundantly in a way that always urges you to be better. In self-reflection I noticed an interesting, albeit subtle common theme. No matter how great or wonderful a given area of our …

Truth: Anxiously waiting for a reward isn’t being patient.


I have a puppy. He's awesome, spunky, sweet and frisky.  He loves playing in water, snuggling, and being impossibly adorable.  My dad named him Sputnik.  Sputs for short.  In training Sput I've accepted some interesting truths: 1) Apparently puppies can never have enough treats. 2) If Sputnik stands to snatch the treat when I tell …

A cautionary tale: Be a responsible steward.


"When we are stressed our emotions and thoughts becomes unhinged and we say things we don't mean."- A friend of mine said this recently and it stuck with me. Of course we strive for the kind of inner peace that is unshakable in the face of all chaos.  We should exert similar effort to find …

Empowered refusal: If_____, then _____. vs. Is_____, and_____.


Doubt,  mistakes, anger, fear,  judgment, weakness, hatred, confusion, disloyalty, discord, disqualification and unworthiness all come from a mindset of: If __________, Then_________. Love, joy, peace, faith, hope, power, wisdom, strength, hope, excellence, acceptance,  unity and order all come from a mindset of: Is__________, And ____________. We're here.  We're alive.  We're perfect just as we are.  There is no contingency, qualifier, …

Colorado


The world is reeling with the news of a violent tragedy that shook Aurora Colorado and reverberated throughout the nation and beyond.  We must uplift and pray for increased protection against the growing inner violence and turmoil caused by such an outward expression of chaos. We can not know their suffering. We will continue to …

Smeagol or Gollum: 5 Steps to overcome self-doubt.


I recently, finally, watched The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and was struck by the symbolism of the tormented character of Smeagol and Gollum.  Physically, mentally, and spiritually this is a man who gave in once to darkness, became addicted to it, and wasted away, his very identity shattered in a desperate attempt to protect …

Angry to Death


Angry to Death

How silly is it to think being angry does anything other than shrink and hurt us? The object of hatred is completely untouched by our emotion. Rest in Peace. -Freehand Ink Drawing April 12, 2012