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Why Do I Hide in the Dark? 3 Ways to Living a More Authentic Life…

posted by smcswain

I was reading again this morning the story of Nicodemus. You remember it, don’t you?  The fellow who came to Jesus at night, full of affection for Jesus, but full of questions and confusion, too. Why at night? Why did […]

Stop Striving to Be Important…

posted by smcswain

“Stop striving to be important.” Good advice from Mark Nepo.  Hard as heck, however, to stop doing. Striving…seeking…competing…clamoring for the spotlight. It’s easier to see this stuff in others than to see it in yourself.  Ambition gone amok. Competitiveness gone […]

Stepping into the Eternal…into Authentic Faith

posted by smcswain

All structures…foundations…all pillars of faith….in other words, all beliefs are uncertain, temporary, and they are not…I repeat…they are not the source of authentic faith… …if authentic faith is what you seek. Faith is authentic…genuine…most real…when it has nothing upon which to stand. […]

Want to Be Free to Be You? Here’s how…

posted by smcswain

Over the years, I have learned to keep some of myself hidden from others. Do you ever do this? I’ve been like a “Lazy Susan,” as Mark Nepo describes it, “offering only what others wanted or needed or felt most […]

“I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)…”

posted by smcswain

I’m in a hurry and don’t know why… I was on a flight yesterday morning from Louisville to Sarasota to visit with clients. Sitting on the plane just before takeoff, I looked out the window at the massive wing reaching […]

The Real Meaning of Easter! Consider this…

posted by smcswain

When you pretend to believe things you really no longer believe and you do so… …Just to please those whose friendships you’re afraid you might lose; or, because… …You fear their judgments of your admission or, worse… …The thought of […]

Why Do I Meditate…Pray…and Write about the Spiritual Path?

posted by smcswain

I am frequently asked, “Why do you meditate…pray…or, for that matter, write so much about spiritual things?” It’s who I am. How could I be otherwise? I’ve tried for years to be what others have wanted and, frankly, I’ve grown […]

Your Best Life Now!

posted by smcswain

OK, so this is all a little weird to me. My first blog as a blogger with BeliefNet. And, it feels like I’m starting all over. Which of course I am. Which makes it all the weirder. Which of course […]

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Jesus and the Buddha
Jesus said, "Deny thyself" (Luke 9:23). The Buddha spoke of "Non-self" or "No self." Both Christians and Buddhists frequently misunderstand what these teachers meant. [caption id="attachment_1146" align="alignright" width="199"] Jesus and the Buddha (Photo Used by Permission www.MichelleMcSwain

posted 8:49:59am Oct. 05, 2014 | read full post »

The Three Biggest Questions of Your Life
What are the “3″ biggest questions of your life? 1. Who am I? 2. What Is My Life Purpose? 3. What is My Life Plan? I’ve been thinking about these three questions a great deal lately. I’m giving the keynote week after next at the Indiana Aviation Association’s annual conference at the B

posted 4:53:08pm Oct. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Walk with God...Mindfulness in Action
To walk with God is the goal of human life. What this means to Christians is not so different than what "mindfulness" means to practitioners of eastern traditions. Many of you know I wrote a book about walking with God. It is entitled The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God. It's all abou

posted 10:09:50am Sep. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Faith...It's Hard and Difficult and Not for the Faint-of-Heart
Faith is hard work. Hard won, too. "Just believe!" say some. After all, didn't Jesus say, "Become as a little child?" (Matt. 18:3). If, by faith, you are talking about - and, many Christians are - subscribing to a neatly packaged box of propositional statements, then yes, of course, faith is n

posted 10:23:17am Sep. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Because I'm Happy...Clap Along If You Feel Like...
"Because I'm happy...clap along..." Pharrel Williams sings it. "Because I'm happy...clap along..." Miss America sings it. "Because I'm happy...clap along..." We all sing it. Frankly, I've heard the popular song so much on the radio and television, I'm ready for a new song. Which IS the prob

posted 8:51:53am Sep. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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