Happy Trails

Tomorrow I head out on vacation to the woods of upstate New York. I remember the first time my sisters and I joined my stepmother’s family at their Adirondack “camp” when I was 11. We flew from the hot stickiness of New Orleans summer to cool Brulington, Vermont, rode a ferry across Lake Champlain, drove […]

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Waiting for Lulu

I just returned from a longish time away from Seattle to help welcome my niece Lulu to the world. My younger sister asked me to be birth and postpartum doula (attendant) for her first child and I jumped at the opportunity to go home to help. While away I was given an excellent opportunity to […]

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The Thin Place

Last night I was able to attend “The Thin Place” at The Intiman Theatre. It pulled me to the theater with its theme of spirituality from the perspective of Seattlites, who are known as a population with less religious affiliation, but as many of us know, plenty of spirituality. The title refers to the idea […]

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Parenting as a Practice

My wife and I recently had our first kid, a baby boy named Octavian. While I am brand new to being a parent, one thing that struck me immediately was how similar in some ways being a parent is to meditation. Both require you to stay with the moment, to simply be present with what […]

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A Birthday Gift

I received a precious early birthday gift while leading a retreat with Jenny Hayo in Guatemala last week. Per Jenny’s request, every morning we held silence as a group until after breakfast. At 6am we met in the Tara Temple and practiced meditation for 30 minutes. During meditation, the moonlit darkness of night would shift […]

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New Orleans Spirit Comes to Seattle

Just like anyone with a strong connection to their hometown, I tend to get swept up when something is going on down home in New Orleans. The song I’ve heard all of my life could not be more true: “OOh I want to be in that number, when the Saints come marching in.” I wish […]

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Parenting and Karma Yoga

“Every year as this season of giving rolls around, I begin to reassess my goals for our family’s holiday traditions. What do I want my children to learn and remember? What seeds am I planting for their future holidays with their own children? What did my parents do that I treasure? In a world that […]

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Pranayama Practice Off the Mat

I am a runner only in as much as I do run, but I wouldn’t call myself a “runner” runner. On a good week I may clock around 20 miles. Over the past year I started running again to vary my physical activity (biking, weights, and yoga). I enjoy the solitude and physical benefits, and […]

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