Listen before Speaking

Listen before Speaking

Sit for a while, and try on how it feels to come to another in moments of joy or disharmony listening. How does this feel? Listen before speaking, and listen some more.   I was raised where the modeling was to speak and keep speaking louder and louder. As the volume...
Breathe free

Breathe free

I’m sitting on a train from Seattle to Vancouver BC—reflecting on when the border was permeable and seen as welcoming neighbors. Similarly though, with Mexico. We now detain and rip apart families at the southern border and craft unnecessary complexity at the last US...
What we need is kindness

What we need is kindness

I’m not sure why living as human instead of machine takes daily work. It could be appreciation and gratitude were not a given at birth. It could be that growing up in a family using emotional blackmail provides challenges we believe is the way of things. I’ve learned...
Down with bravado. Bring back care.

Down with bravado. Bring back care.

My mind has been reflecting on the ways so much of our society is built on ego stroking. You know: The unfortunate way folks hold themselves and build many of our societal models including the Judicial System, instead of speaking our truth. The players position and...
Ignorance is everywhere

Ignorance is everywhere

The latest World Happiness Index recently came out. And the U.S. continues its slide downward. No surprise that the Scandinavian countries are on top followed by New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. The tragic shooting in Christchurch, NZ had their extraordinary Prime...
All touch is of consequence

All touch is of consequence

I’ve been thinking of late about our justice system in light of the magnitude of condoned lying. I think of this in light of my mentor and dear friend Bob (Robert Kimball) who died a short while ago. Bob was at different times Dean and Professor of Theology at...