Find a New Lens

Find a New Lens

I was speaking with friends recently, trying to understand what was happening in the relationship between the three of us. There was clearly something stuck. What was going wrong? We were three good friends who have a lot in common. We have known each other for many...
Every Crisis Is a Birth

Every Crisis Is a Birth

Berkley, California has always been a mystery to me. Radical student politics in the 60s… The home of U.C. Berkley. Somehow part of the whole Bay Area scene… Beyond that, I had no idea. The mystery was revealed last weekend. Turns out, it is a highly-priced, slightly...
The Holy Hills

The Holy Hills

The holy hills of this sacred land nurture the creatures, large and small, who live among its moist earth and granite rock. Below the red sandstone outcrop in the ravine with the creek that runs through it, new life thrives, unseen by most of the passersby who come...
Ecstasy (Not the Drug)

Ecstasy (Not the Drug)

Everybody I know has at least a little bit of agony in their lives. I’m not a morose person, so I don’t tend to dwell on my own agonies, or even the agonies of other people. But they are there. I don’t even do very well with the common cold. It bothers me that I go to...
Being a Sun

Being a Sun

What your world needs most from you is for you to be a sun.  These are the opening words of my book being published later this year, Becoming a Sun: Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence for a Happy, Fulfilling Life. I wrote them five years ago on a plane. I was...
The Arise Music and Camping Festival

The Arise Music and Camping Festival

At Sunrise Ranch, we just finished hosting the Arise Festival. Today, the Arise staff will walk through the fields to pick up any lingering evidences of the Festival. It’s not everyone who has thousands of people in their backyard to hear great bands like Ziggy...
Upon Your Holy Mountain

Upon Your Holy Mountain

It seems I never spend time with the late-afternoon breeze so filled with pine, or walk high into the peaks to feel your sun upon my head and breathe the chill of snow that has cooled the mountain air.   It is in those golden hours that I think your new-born...
The Becoming a Sun Workshop

The Becoming a Sun Workshop

It happened! My first Becoming a Sun workshop at Sunrise Ranch! Thank you, Keahi Ewa, who assisted me. And thank you to the sixteen open-hearted souls who took the journey with us. Last year, Keahi and I brought the Becoming a Sun workshop to Riverdell in South...
Activating the Courage to Love

Activating the Courage to Love

Would you say you are living your life courageously? I’m not just talking about the usual understanding of heroism or bravery. I’m talking about the life that is there for you. Are you embracing it? Pouring yourself into it? Eating it up? Sometimes the hardest thing...
Embracing Your Courage

Embracing Your Courage

I live in a wonderful place, Sunrise Ranch. It’s in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains east of Loveland, Colorado. Sunrise Ranch is so many things—a conference center; a spiritual community; a real working ranch with cows, sheep and chickens; and so much more. I...