Category Archives: Nature

An Earthy Christmas Sermon

On Christmas morning I had the pleasure of bringing the message at Spokane Friends Church, which is a place that nourished me deeply when I had big, confused questions about God and spirituality and the world. I was honored to be asked to speak on Christmas morning and was surprised at how difficult a Christmas… Continue Reading

Our Favorite Scriptures

Hello friends, This is the first of two community queries that I’m posting. I love scripture and I have a ton of favorite sacred texts. Over the years, I’ve shared many of them with you. But I would like to turn the tables here. I want to hear about your favorite scripture. I want to learn… Continue Reading

2016 New Year Intentions

As you’ve heard me say before, I love the New Year! I love turning the page to a brand new fresh year, full of possibility. I did away with hard and fast resolutions that start with “I will not…” a long time ago. These days I’m much more interested in positive intentions for the New… Continue Reading

Reflections for the Autumn Equinox

The autumn season is officially upon us. Time to start wearing scarves and drinking more hot tea. The equinox is the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator (referred to as the celestial equator), making night and day approximately equal in length all over the planet. Today we will have the same… Continue Reading

The Five Great Elements (Pancha Mahabhutas)

I’ve been called a tree hugger many times, which is a name I happily accept (and an action I admit to doing more than once!). I love trees. I love water. I love stars. I love nature. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the fact that I am nature. I’ve been studying Ayurvedic medicine (as part… Continue Reading

Pancha Maya Koshas

The study of yoga takes a lifetime (or lifetimes). I have spent several years in full-time study of this ancient art and science and yet I’m constantly struck by how much more there is to study and understand. I have far to go (we always do it seems), but I’m encouraged and motivated by the very… Continue Reading

Inhale or Exhale?

“I think I’m more of the exhale type. I’m just going to stick with exhaling.” I can’t remember the context (or exact phrasing) of this statement, but the sentiment has stuck with me. I heard it on a recent episode of the podcast “On Being.” It was a conversation that included Parker Palmer, who is… Continue Reading

Choosing What We Cultivate

I recently co-led a workshop called “Cultivating Gratitude” where I offered teachings on the yogic concept of pratipaksa bhavanam, which means cultivating the opposite. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, you might want to take a quick moment to read this first, it’s a post where I offer more general information, textual analysis, and practice… Continue Reading

New Year’s Resolutions at the end of January

Now, the teachings of yoga [are presented]. Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of the mind. When that is accomplished, the seer abides in its own true nature. These are the first three aphorisms in the Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali. The goal of yoga practice is clear: to still the ever changing states… Continue Reading

An odd way of saying thank you

I’m sitting in the attic of my house. Currently one of my favorite places. The floors aren’t finished and the ceiling has steep slopes so you can’t fully stand in most of the room. I’m surrounded by art supplies that I’ve lugged across the country and back—finally able to spread out—and books, and my practice… Continue Reading