Breathe

We breathe in, we breathe out.
It’s a daily process, but for most of it, we’re unconscious of it.
Sometimes we need to breathe deeply of our own lives in order to slow down and recover. When we breathe, we allow ourselves to stop and restore a healthy pace of life.
How often do you actually stop to breathe?
Have you ever attempted to breathe consciously? How did it affect you?
What kinds of things do you unconsciously suck into your system?

SB1062 Mini Soapbox

Posted by on 26 Feb 2014 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

SB1062 Mini Soapbox

I normally try to remain silent on most political issues, but having now read SB1062 from AZ, I’m actually more concerned about the bill and its ramifications. The wording of it is far too vague, leaving numerous openings for the state to *have* to come in to define religious practice. I really don’t want the state to define those practices. Knowing, also, that the concern had to do with bakers in CO & OR (and a photographer in NM) being instructed to serve regardless of belief. A more savvy approach would be to investigate...

read more

On grief…and how it doesn’t go away lightly

Posted by on 5 Feb 2014 in Breathe | 0 comments

Waking up at 6am isn’t all bad. After all, most mornings, it’s because this little life in me is hungry or squirmy. This morning, though, it was raw and a bit rough. You see, last night I had a really beautiful dream that leaves me with this dull, empty ache inside my heart. In the dream, I had finished a huge accomplishment – whether it was a degree, or the launch of my project, I just don’t know. But at the end of this project, there was a house. Filled with light and love, and food and warmth. It’s the house...

read more

Why today is actually a Good Day

Posted by on 29 Mar 2013 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

Why today is actually a Good Day

The last post I wrote had to do with dust and ashes. Death. Sadness. Grief. I sat with friends and family who had to say goodbye. And in that saying goodbye, there were so many different kinds of grief. There was the grief of death – that someone had died. But the lingering grief is the one that most people don’t talk about. It’s the grief that comes in a million little deaths. The death of dreams. I’ve had to watch people I love desperately have to figure out a whole new way to live. The death of the “first...

read more

Dust and Ashes

Posted by on 26 Feb 2013 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

I’ve spent most of my life trying to make sense of things. Thinking about things, pondering, and getting everything together in my head. But sometimes things don’t make sense. Sometimes… Things crash into you like a comet from the sky and all you can feel is pulverized. Helpless. Hopeless. What does life look like now? When the fire and the smoke and the dust and ashes clear, what does life look like now? And just because they’re clearing for me on the outskirts, what about the people at ground zero? Covered in dust and ashes, groaning under...

read more

10 Steps to a Better Political Season

Posted by on 3 Oct 2012 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

10 Steps to a Better Political Season

Dear friends, This letter is primarily addressed to those of my friends who consider themselves biblical Jesus-followers. So if that’s not you, feel free to read or pass this along, but I’m pretty aware that the laws of proper societal etiquette don’t hold you to these statements. That being said, I think that there are some principles in here that apply across the board – “don’t be a jerk” being one of them. But, however, if you do consider yourselves in that category, can I ask you to get to the end before commenting or ranting or otherwise...

read more

Why I Left Facebook…for a little while

Posted by on 18 Jun 2012 in Breathe | 5 comments

Many of you probably didn’t even notice, or if you did, didn’t think much of it. But I’ve been slowly distancing myself from Facebook. I like to keep up with everyone, but at a certain point, it began to bring a lot of pain and frustration. There were two main reasons: 1) Shiny, Perfectly Happy Lives 2) Nasty Incendiary Dehumanizing Comments 1) Shiny, Perfectly Happy Lives I’m incredibly happy for the dozen or so women in my circle of friends who are pregnant right now. I’m excited about their futures, their children, all of...

read more

Hiding Your Heart

Posted by on 8 Mar 2012 in Breathe, Dream, Reveal | 0 comments

Hiding Your Heart

I have dreams about packing. Unpacking. Repacking. Suitcases, boxes, again and again and again. I take things out, I repack them. I make things fit better. I simplify, I clean, I pack, I sort. Over and over and over again. And I’ve been having these dreams for the past two years. For one of those years, I was settled in a place that I thought would be home for years. I never thought I’d have to leave. And then things began to change.  We began to get a sense that God was calling us away from the ‘home’ that we knew....

read more

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Posted by on 30 Dec 2011 in Breathe | 2 comments

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

When I was just out of high school, this play was one of my favorites. It’s dark and dreary and a horrific tale of life and family in the modern age. There’s addiction and suffering and insanity. All the things I thought I understood – I was convinced that I was living them, after all. I had friends who smoked! And DRANK! And some who even did unmentionable things in unmentionable places with unmentionable people. I was such a pretentious 18 year old. I can laugh at myself now, recognizing that I was even worse than the guys...

read more

To See the World Anew

Posted by on 19 Dec 2011 in Breathe, Dream | 2 comments

To See the World Anew

I love taking picture of the little ones in my life. Nieces, nephews, god-children, and friends. Yes, you can be honest to goodness *friends* with a child without any weirdness. Some of my most clever and insightful friends are 2, or 5, or 7 years old. And sometimes it makes me sad how suspicious we adults have become. I watch my younger friends and their approach to the world, with wonder and awe and beauty and humor. They run around freely. Completely. Unashamed. It’s not until we teach them not to be themselves that they begin to act...

read more

Doing it Afraid 4: When the doing hurts

Posted by on 30 Nov 2011 in Breathe, Reveal | 0 comments

It’s 4:26am in Los Angeles. I’ve been “home” just about nine hours. I can’t sleep, but that’s pretty normal for flying back in this direction. I haven’t posted recently because the last two weeks have been 100% devoted to packing, shipping, and moving our lives back to the United States from Dublin. And those are just the practicalities. The practicalities were difficult enough, but the part that hurt – on a fundamental, deep down level – was the saying ‘see you later!’ No one...

read more