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Thursday, January 25, 2018



I acquired the above painting from a beautiful soul, a talented artist, and a seeker of the deep truths of God.

I teach yoga and get the opportunity to greet each student when they first arrive. Occasionally, someone carries in with them this unmistakable aura of being in the presence of Peace. Anna is such a person; calm transports her through the studio and settles deeply around her as she practices.

I do not recall how I learned her craft was painting, but it fits, especially when you see her work and read her words behind each piece. That calm she lives daily, lives in her work as well. Her art will transport you to a distant and—at the same time—an intimately near place that will settle deeply around you.

The piece I have, Spirit, does this for me.

In Spirit, I see the Spirit, God’s Spirit, distantly settling upon the trees, holding space for everything above the Earth. And at the same time, I feel his Presence surrounding me as if I am actually among the trees themselves.

Below the trees, I sense the shadow of His love supporting me, protecting me, guiding me. Spirit invites me to feel God encompassing me from above and below, while affirming His beauty, and my value, here on Earth.

I especially like how she snuck her signature among the trees. Can you spot it?
Find Anna's gallery of art HERE.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Sky is Falling!

The Mighty Oak Tree
The story goes that Chicken Little gets hit on the head by an acorn and concludes the worst: The sky is falling! A few others—Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, and Turkey Lurkey—get caught up in the hysteria and eventually scurry their way, unwittingly, into the den of Foxy Loxy.

Sometimes it's not just a story. Perhaps you have been around someone whose sky is always on the verge of collapse. Maybe even your sky, like mine, has dropped a time or two and you assigned a false urgency to what was actually a non-event. And perhaps, you have learned to pause, look up, and see the knock on your head as a reminder of the beauty of the mighty oak tree and its life-giving acorn rather than as a harbinger of bad things to come.

Just because their sky is falling, doesn't mean it must land on you. But neither must we walk away. The beauty of the mighty oak is even more profound when shared. 

For musings from Dave on how to Love More and Judge Less, link to his new book, The Bottom Turtle.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

In Celebration of Scars

Scars are a testament to our life, demarcating the exact moment we begin to heal. They are the separation between wound and recovery.

To conceal them is to remain wounded.
To flaunt them is little better.
But to simply wear them, to mindfully revisit them, is to wisely walk into healing guided by our benevolent past.

Soon enough they will slip from your mind and ease gently into who you have become.



For musings from Dave on how to Love More and Judge Less link to his new book, The Bottom Turtle.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

On Growing Older

Older only seems old to me until I get there. Then it doesn’t feel old. It just feels like me.


For musings from Dave on how to Love More and Judge Less link to his new book, The Bottom Turtle.