My Favorite Parts of Me

If you live under a heavy weight for a while, it kinda feels weird to experience lightness. The weight of the labels we put on ourselves can feel like a prison. Through practice, those labels can change and eventually drop altogether. Stick with it, dear ones. Freedom looks good on you, I promise.

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Nothing Is Wrong...And Grace is Green

I’m doing it wrong. Something isn’t right here. I just don’t know what’s wrong with me. Any of that sound familiar? Yeah, me too. You know something? It isn’t true. You’re not doing it wrong. There is nothing wrong with you. And everything is all right, right here, right now. Want me to prove it? Keep reading.

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Some Thoughts On Unconditional Love and Expectation

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place, you belong every place, no place at all.” - Maya Angelou

Perhaps my favorite quote of all time, Dr. Angelou captures what it means to show unconditional savage and unapologetic love…first of all for ourselves. It is not selfish to love and care for and spend time on yourself. It is the beginning of how we love the world and those around us. So what does it look like, feel like, to experience giving away that kind of love, and openly receiving it as well?

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On Giving Advice

Have you ever watched something unfold in someone else’s life and immediately thought “I know JUST what to do!” Yeah. Me too. What is that feeling trying to tell us? Surely it can’t be that we are here on earth with the divine purpose of setting every one else’s life right, is it? Could it be that the things that trigger us into “advice mode” the most are pointing us back to something beautiful we can remember in our own hearts? Can it be both?

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Radical Friendship

A best friend isn’t just someone you share a history with. It is someone you grow with. It is someone who challenges your future by insisting on your very best in the present. A best friend is ruggedly dangerously and liberatingly honest. A best friend is there to help and lets you help when such a time is called for. It isn’t always rainbows and smiles and everyone agrees. Not at all. But through rigorous honesty, constant expansion of the heart, and a commitment to hold space for each other in any time or place…friendship can be radical.

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The Love Beyond the Label

Look around the world and you’ll see and hear people trying to divide us. Our color, religion, gender or sexual orientation are all used to separate us. They are used to sell to us. But the world has lied to us. We are all unique and individual parts of a cosmic whole that comes from love, exists in love, and will ultimately return to love. If you don’t believe me, check out what happened in Mexico this month.

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Welcome Home

How can love heal the broken relationship between a father and a son? Courage, faith, honesty, and being fully present with your heart will lead you on journeys, down paths, across broken bridges, and into all of the places you always hoped were real, but were afraid to believe. It is real…the love, the healing, the peace. It is real.

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What Is It You Are Looking For

“Who do you need, who do you love…when you come undone.” Believe it or not, these timeless words from Duran Duran perfectly capture the longing of my heart when I was ushered out of the Marine Corps and unceremoniously shuttled into civilian life. No job, no future, no uniform…no identity. Who the fuck was I and what was I supposed to be now? I boarded a plan to India, and Sattva Yoga Academy, hoping to find out.

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I Think I'll Take The Long Way

Three years ago I was an active duty Marine and I was in trouble. Big trouble. ALL CAPS trouble. I was newly divorced. Not so newly depressed. My addiction to alcohol, opiates, and other narcotics reached an event horizon. I was nearing the rock bottom suicide attempt in February of 2016 that would somehow turn it all around.

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