Late Autumn Part 2: Prayerfully Awake

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Autumn 2019 | Exploring Darkness Late Autumn Part 2: Prayerfully Awake Prefer to listen to the sermon? Here you go! And for the readers… I talk a lot about the practice of cultivating the pause—of figuring out how to stop yourself before an automatic reaction just happens so that you can take a moment to choose an intentional response. And the more I tune into the rhythm of seasons, the more I’ve come to understand that the season of darkness offers us a natural pause. And if ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-11-16T21:23:31-07:00November 17th, 2019|Samhain, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Late Autumn Part 1: Unraveling Truth & Fear

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Late Autumn 2019 | Exploring Darkness Late Autumn Part 1: Unraveling Truth & Fear Prefer to listen to the sermon? Here you go! And for the readers… In the northern hemisphere where I live we’re entering the season of darkness. The natural world around us is dying back and every morning we’re waking up to less and less daylight. Just saying these words out loud has me worried I’m going to send you into depression because I know so many people struggle this time of year. I know ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-11-10T09:22:32-07:00November 10th, 2019|Samhain, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|8 Comments

Spiritual Practices for Samhain

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Spiritual Practices for Samhain As October turns into November we reach the peak of autumn. In the Celtic Wheel of the Year we celebrate the cross quarter festival of Samhain (pronounced saah-win), which is understood as the end and beginning of the year. It's a moment of transition where autumn gives way to winter. The harvest is complete. The beautiful autumn leaves are now composting into the earth. The days are becoming darker. The frosts have started to come. And much of the natural world is slipping into dormancy. We're often taught ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-11-02T19:01:47-07:00November 3rd, 2019|Nature, Practice, Samhain, Spirituality, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Why I quit drinking. And other thoughts on rest.

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Autumn 2019 | Reflections on the Practice of Sabbath Why I quit drinking. And other thoughts on rest... The modern world preaches MORE! More work, more effort, more productivity, more results. People are stuck in the cycle of more. And they're scared that if they rest they’ll fall behind, that they’ll be judged, that they’ll lose out on something. So they keep pushing and pushing. And then they burn out. They get overwhelmed by fatigue, illness, and stress. I state this as fact because I've heard it over and over again ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-27T08:11:04-07:00October 27th, 2019|Sabbath, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|5 Comments

Early Autumn Part 4: Who Am I Becoming?

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Autumn 2019 | A Mature Sense of Spirituality Part 4: Who Am I Becoming? And don't forget your meditation break This 5-minute guided meditation is specifically designed to give you an experiential understanding of the teachings found in the four early autumn sermons. We can understand something intellectually all day long, but transformation can't happen until we digest knowledge through the body and heart. So it's my hope that you'll use this meditation a few times a week over the next month. I know it will lead to good ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-19T11:00:47-07:00October 20th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|1 Comment

Early Autumn Part 3: Turning Toward the Light

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Autumn 2019 | A Mature Sense of Spirituality Part 3: Turning Toward the Light And don't forget your meditation break This 5-minute guided meditation is specifically designed to give you an experiential understanding of the teachings found in the four early autumn sermons. We can understand something intellectually all day long, but transformation can't happen until we digest knowledge through the body and heart. So it's my hope that you'll use this meditation a few times a week over the next month. I know it will lead to good ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-11T11:33:23-07:00October 13th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|0 Comments

Early Autumn Part 2: Something Beyond Death

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Autumn 2019 | A Mature Sense of Spirituality Part 2: Something Beyond Death And don't forget your meditation break This 5-minute guided meditation is specifically designed to give you an experiential understanding of the teachings found in the four early autumn sermons. We can understand something intellectually all day long, but transformation can't happen until we digest knowledge through the body and heart. So it's my hope that you'll use this meditation a few times a week over the next month. I know it will lead to good things... ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-08T13:34:31-07:00October 6th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|3 Comments

Early Autumn Part 1: Accepting Change and Death

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Early Autumn 2019 | A Mature Sense of Spirituality Part 1: Accepting Change & Death AND BONUS!!!! We've decided to create this 5-minute guided meditation for you! It's specifically designed to give you an experiential understanding of the teachings found in the four early autumn sermons. We can understand something intellectually all day long, but transformation can't happen until we digest knowledge through the body and heart. So it's my hope that you'll use this meditation a few times a week over the next month. I know it will lead to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-08T13:34:46-07:00September 29th, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|2 Comments

Spiritual Practices for the Fall Equinox

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons Spiritual Practices for the Fall Equinox A few years ago I asked my students to share something about how this time of year makes them feel. Several people expressed how much they love the fall. They were excited about sweaters and warm soup. But one woman raised her hand and exclaimed: "All I can think about is compost." Yes! As British author and teacher Jilly Shipway writes: At the autumn equinox there is a shift of emphasis from sun to moon, light to dark, action to contemplation, growth to dormancy, fruitfulness to ... (Continue Reading)

By |2019-10-08T13:34:54-07:00September 22nd, 2019|Autumn, Yoga Church Sunday Sermons|6 Comments

May all beings be happy and free

Welcome to the Yoga Church Sunday Sermons. June 30th, 2019 The Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu Mantra Watch: or Listen: or Read: Prayer offers us a way to respond when awful things happen. Telling someone you’ll pray for them can be a way of offering comfort and support. In the public sphere we often hear our leaders say that their thoughts and prayers are with people in their communities dealing with traumatic events. But not too long ago there was a backlash against this sentiment. And while I love the practice of prayer, I understand why. ... (Continue Reading)