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Transformation Begins with an Inkling

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 13, 2019 Have you noticed that we’re often in a hurry in January? I don't mean the kind of rushing-from-thing-to-thing that can happen in December. I'm talking about an internal sense of hurriedness. It’s the beginning of a New Year and we want to feel a sense of newness within ourselves. We want change in our lives and we want it quickly. But transformation is a slow process. A slow becoming. As writer Christine Valters Paintner says: "Transformation is a slow journey; in fact, conversion teaches us that it's the journey of a lifetime. ... (Continue Reading)

Intention, Goals, & Identity | Free Journal Pages!

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. January 6, 2019 Intention, Goals, & Identity - A Journal! We're officially living in 2019. How's it feeling so far? It's already been somewhat of a roller coaster for me... I had to make a difficult choice this week, which came with all the feelings. But I've been reflecting on what I said in last week's sermon about the importance of language (remember my example of saying "anxiety is strong right now" instead of "I AM anxious") and I've been putting it into practice. I have to tell you, it works! Naming ... (Continue Reading)

Who Sets Your Goals? | The New Year

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 30th, 2018 | Happy New Year! With a New Year comes new goals, new commitments, and new dreams. And I want to hear all about yours! But first, I want to invite you into a conversation about identity. This week's sermon is designed to support you before you dive into the hard work of making changes in your life. It's designed to help you think about the strange question of "Who sets your goals?" (It's a good one, based on the first teachings of the Yoga Sutras.) And once you've had a chance to watch ... (Continue Reading)

The Wild Willingness of God | Christmas

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 23rd, 2018 This week I've got a short sermon to help inspire your Christmas celebrations. However you're spending the holidays this year, I wish you joy and ease. The Wild Willingness of God Watch: or Listen: or Read: I’ve had a ever shifting relationship with the holiday of Christmas throughout my life—maybe we all have to some degree. But last year, just after Christmas was over actually, something strange happened for me. As I was decompressing from the activities of the holiday I was struck with wonder ... (Continue Reading)

Waiting in the Cave of the Heart | Advent

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 9th, 2018 As promised this week begins our exploration of the stories we tell this time of year. And we begin with the season of Advent. It's not a story I personally grew up with, but one I've loved bringing into my practice. We'll explore the cave of the heart (a topic we'll examine in more depth at the Yoga Church Annual Retreat next summer) and the spiritual practice of waiting. What's the call of your heart this season? Can you hear it? Waiting in the Cave of the Heart (Advent) ... (Continue Reading)

What’s the Story I’m Telling? (Welcome to the holidays!)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. December 2nd, 2018 I've experienced a heavy dose of personal transformation in my life (maybe that's why I ended up teaching transformation for a living?) And it turns out (why am I surprised?) that this practice of writing sermons for you every week has its own transforming power. Remember the Thanksgiving Sermon a couple weeks ago? The one about gratitude as a quality of being? Well in that sermon I said I didn't like holidays. But I'm not sure that's true... Because this past week I've been plotting out an entire month ... (Continue Reading)

Reflections on the Practice of Love

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. November 25th, 2018 This week—in the pause between Thanksgiving and the many December holidays—I thought we could take a look back at the recent sermon series on love. If you missed one, now's your chance to catch up! Or maybe there's a message that you need to hear again. Or maybe you want to browse the thoughtful comments of our community (I've highlighted a few here, but there's so many more on the actual sermon pages). However you interact with these reflections I hope they nourish your heart and help you do ... (Continue Reading)

Love as an Inner Sanctuary (love – part 4)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. November 4th, 2018 Back in September, a yoga church community member asked me how we can love people we have contempt for. If you've been following along then you know her question sent me down a rabbit hole of exploration... This week I have the fourth, and final (for now!), sermon about love. I seriously didn't mean to write a 4-part series about love. But my heart just couldn't leave the topic. If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the photo I posted last week of a huge maple ... (Continue Reading)

Love & Sacrifice (love – part 2)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. October 21st, 2018 {psst: there's downloadable art farther along in this post, so be sure you make it all the way to the bottom!} Love is a word that means SO many different things in our culture. It can be utterly casual—almost to the point of meaninglessness. But it's also a word powerful enough to change our lives. Sometimes it's the word we deeply need to hear. Sometimes it's the word we're terrified to say. I know that we all need love. I know that we want to be loving people. And I ... (Continue Reading)

The Middle Ground Between Love & Contempt (love – part 1)

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. October 7th, 2018 After listening to the sermon “Who, or what, is God?” a few weeks ago, Pam wrote: “As soon as you asked what opposites I feel in my life I thought of the command to love everyone and yet I find myself disliking our country’s leaders. Without getting political, how do we feel love towards someone who we don’t respect? For me this is a constant push and pull struggle. How do I reflect God’s love in my life if I have contempt for someone?” These are important personal reflections and wise ... (Continue Reading)