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Practicing the Art of Not-Doing

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My 30 days in the desert in Santa Fe, New Mexico is coming to a close. It’s not quite like Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, but I have learned a great deal about myself as I continue to courageously explore my own path. 

I have been on the road for a couple of months as I live the digital nomad lifestyle seeing what it’s all about. I am heading back to Colorado for a couple of months and then being open to what is next.

I have been staying on a farm about 30 minutes south of Santa Fe. I have spen…

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The Spiritual Practice of Self-Compassion

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I have been reflecting on this question a lot lately. Why can I see greatness in other people, but I am blind to seeing it in myself? Why don’t I extend grace to myself in situations that I readily extend grace to others?

From what I am seeing this is a common theme, not only in my life, but the men I work and have conversations with. We beat the living daylights out of ourselves because we don’t think we measure up to the standards we set for ourselves.

Is it the lies of the enemy that infilt…

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Shattered, Not Broken...3 Life Lessons From a Shattered Knee

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I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was October 4th, 1986, 35 years ago. It was the day my knee was shattered to oblivion and my dream of playing professional football came to a grinding halt. 

Of course that dream was a long shot, but I believed in my heart it was possible. It ended up being an unrealized dream as 280 pounds of an offensive lineman came crashing down on my knee as my foot was firmly planted on the artificial turf at the University of North Dakota.

The lower half of m…

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The Call To Lift Your Spirit

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How did I get here from there? Do you ever find yourself asking yourself that question? I have been doing that a lot lately as I have been on this journey of finding my own spiritual path. 

Who would have thought that my work would be as a spiritual warrior coach. Not me. I am a personal trainer. That has been my identity for almost thirty years. I started as a personal trainer back in 1993 working at a small upscale personal training studio in Edina, Minnesota.

I will always be passionate abo…

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Household Life Is Confining

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“Household life is confining, a realm of dust,” the Buddha said. “Going forth is open air.”

I made a decision to live for experiences living a life of freedom feeling fully alive. Over the course of a couple of months I sold most of my belongings and prepared to hit the open road. Most everything I own fits into my Subaru Outback. 

Before leaving on my digital nomad journey I put a lot of thought into what I want to get out of this experience. I want there to be meaning behind this time on the…

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All Hearts Beat As One

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We are a world that is deeply polarized right now. It is heartbreaking to see what is going on and the way we are treating one another. I saw in the news the other day that a teacher was punched by a parent because the teacher enforced having his child wear a mask in school. Regardless of what our thoughts are on masks, violence is never the answer nor does it ever solve the deep rooted issues we are facing.

The vaccinated vs. not getting vaccinated debate rolls on and how that is going to be h…

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Get Vaccinated & Create a New Possibility

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I have refrained from writing and speaking about this topic thus far as it has become a very polarizing issue. I have had a very strong opinion in regards to the vaccine up to this point. I believe there are always two sides to every story. The goal of this blog post is from a non-dual standpoint, meaning that I don’t have to be right and you don’t have to be wrong and vice-versa.

 The only goal that I have is to create a possibility for our world to heal from this pandemic and create a new par…

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My Podium is On the Inside

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When I first heard that Simone Biles pulled out of the gymnastics team competition in the Olympics, my first thought was how could she bail on her teammates? This is the Olympics after all, and it’s her opportunity to shine on the world’s stage.

Then after I stepped back and reflected on her decision, I recognized how hard that had to have been for her. She is one of the best gymnasts of all time and not being able to compete at the level she is accustomed to had to be very challenging. Not onl…

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Sometimes You Have to Stir Up the Water

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Jesus wants our hearts, not to be blind rule followers. Jesus broke his fair share of rules and was revolutionary in how he lived while he was here on earth.

If you haven’t been watching The Chosen, I highly recommend it. It’s a beautiful portrayal of how Jesus lived, the interaction between his disciples and the profound impact that Jesus had on people’s lives.

There was one particular scene from season 2 episode 4 that shook me to my core where Jesus healed a paralytic at the Pool of Bethesd…

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How to Live Slowly and Joyfully

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“Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” –Dallas Willard

Why are we in such a hurry? Why do we rush and rush until life is no fun? I would consider myself a recovering hurrier. A great deal of my life I have spent rushing around, racing the clock trying to get stuff done. Not only was my physical body in a hurry, my mind was always racing. I am now practicing a slow lifestyle, what I call the 4S lifestyle that consists of slowing down, silence, solitude and simplicity.

I recently took a tr…

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