Inspirational Articles

Fears and the Fathering Paradigm

The Choices We Make, the Fears We HaveWe all have choices in life. To be sure, some of us have more choices than others. Some choices are easier for certain people than they are for others. And some people refuse to see, or are unable to...

10 Personalities of Dads at Birth

Just like women, men all have their own ways of being present for a birth. They have varying comfort levels with the process, which, though we all have to push our comfort zones in birth, should be respected. Here are the 10 birth personalities of...

A Matter of Trust

There’s a story about a rock climber named Wim Hof, who has become a guru of sorts. In his younger days, he was attempting a dangerous climb with no safety ropes to catch him if he fell. In the middle of the climb, while clambering on the side of t...

Let Them Go Barefoot: On Why Our Toddler Doesn't Wear Shoes

Disclaimer: This isn’t an article suggesting everyone and every child should be barefoot. We are not telling anyone how to live or what to do. We are sharing information and giving another perspective on footwear and barefoot living. I get many...

Our Fear of Freedom

Like many of you, at the core of my childhood experiences was the belief that using control and force with children is necessary. We still live in a culture that primarily operates from this belief. We grew up under the control of adults and...

School's Out... Forever! How Government Education Cripples Our Kids, and Why

This article is dedicated to all of the amazing teachers who, over the years, have done their best to honor the innate potential in their students.I taught for 30 years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of...

Flowing with the Stresses of Kids (Or Anyone Else)

Parenting can be stressful. That’s probably one of my bigger understatements, but as the father of six kids, I’ve learned a little about handling these stresses so that it’s not such a big deal anymore. Kids throw tantrums, demand to have their...

Better Have Another

The first of the blueberries are coming in now, and most mornings one of us stops by the patch on our way in from chores to snag a handful or three. We planted the 90-something bushes 16 years ago, before we’d even broken ground on the house. This...

Money and the Divine Masculine

I recently attended a ceremony at the Tamera village in Portugal in which the officiant invoked “the healing of money.” Immediately a vivid image popped into my head of a man, vast and muscular, bound to the earth with stakes and tethers, straining...

Molecules of Love

Oxytocin, the hormone of love, stimulates cells in the heart muscle to release a chemical messenger called “atrial natriuretic peptide.” In other words, oxytocin affects the heart! Oxytocin molecules are molecules of love, the neurotransmitters of...

Faster than the Speed of Life

Have you ever wondered why the faster you try to get things done, the more mishaps occur? Could it be that sometimes you actually get ahead of yourself and move too fast for your own good?

The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line e-mail: “I am not going to Harvard…. I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when...

Aluna: A Message to Little Brother

A black line, a network of hidden connections, links all the sacred places on earth. If that line should be broken, calamities will ensue, and this beautiful world shall perish. Destroying a forest here and draining a swamp there might have dire...

My Birth Story: How Baby No. 3 Was Different

The pregnancy and birth of our third child was so much better than the births of my previous two children. My firstborn was induced at a hospital three weeks early due to low amniotic fluid. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. The labor...

Making the Transition from Fear to Courage

Many souls around the world today are still living much of their lives in the state of fear. It’s a sad thing, but it’s a reality that can be seen all around us. Many systems within society— social, political, religious, and more—perpetuate the energy...

Giavanna’s Journey

I would like to tell you about my daughter. Giavanna was born with myelomeningocele, the worst form of spina bifida, an opening in the L4 and L5 region of the spine. Her first surgery, on the day she was born, closed the opening that was...

Children Who Shine from Within

What’s your favorite insect?” my 7-year-old daughter asked as we took an evening walk on the first night of her spring vacation. Before I had a chance to respond, she added, “You can’t pick butterfly. Everyone picks the butterfly.”

Waiting for the Big One

When I was 14 years old I embarked upon a reading program that included The Gulag Archipelago, A People’s History of the United States, 1984, Silent Spring, and a volume by Paul Ehrlich titled The Population Bomb. The latter was a Malthusian work...

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Change the World

This is a call to inspire action through Sacred Activism—what I define as the transforming force of love and compassion-in-action to bring forth meaningful and radical change in the world.

The Gratitude Challenge

Imagine you’re at work. It’s lunchtime and you’re hungry, but there’s a problem. In your rush to get out the door you forgot to grab your wallet. You have no food and no way of paying for anything. Luckily, you’re friends with a few of the people you...