Your Best Life Now

Your Best Life Now

Bio

I'm an Author... Leadership Coach... Counsel to Non-Profits, Faith-based Organizations and Congregations... Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky... Spiritual Teacher... Inspirational and Motivational Speaker.

But not always in this order.

On the university campus, I teach students the Art of Communication. In my public talks, however, I teach leaders the Art of Leading; I teach everyone the Art of Living...so that... when you come to the end...

and, you will come to the end...

You're able to look back on life feeling... Fulfilled... Accomplished... Content, Peaceful, and Happy, too...

Knowing your brief but important journey has made this world a more... Conscious... Compassionate, and... Charitable place.

What could possibly be more important than this?

So, You Want to Become a Great Leader?…Live a Successful Life?…or, Know a Meaningful Spiritual Life? Here’s How:

posted by smcswain

I coach professionals, business executives, and religious leaders all across America. There’s a little cliche, the origin of which I do not know, that goes like this: “You cannot get there from here; You can only get here from there.” […]

Do You Hear the Birds Sing?…

posted by smcswain

Do you hear the birds singing in the quiet hours of dawn? For years, I have awakened between five and six every morning. It is my favorite time of the day. The world is filled with stillness. My mind is […]

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 […]

What Is Faith?…

posted by smcswain

I’m looking out the window on a flight from Louisville to Atlanta where I’m helping a congregation redefine its understanding of mission and then recast a vision for their future. I’ve been reflecting on the meaning of faith. What is […]

Vanity…Vanity…(another word for “ego”) – Everyone’s Problem but MINE…

posted by smcswain

Vanity…Vanity…(another word for “ego”) – Everyone’s problem but MINE! Have you ever noticed how vain we are? You, of course. Not me. What about the author who advertises he or she is a “Bestselling Author.” If you were really a “bestselling” […]

Living in the Rhythm of NOW…

posted by smcswain

I teach on Mondays at the University of Kentucky. The students today I find to be engaging, open-minded, and visionary. They keep me young, too. They call me, “Professor.” What they do not know is that, when I’m with them, […]

Cabin in the Woods…

posted by smcswain

I was reminded today of the story Carl Jung used to tell of the dream he once had of a path he was clearing in the woods. With some kind of tool in hand, he was arduously working to clear […]

What IS Enlightenment? Salvation? Awakening? Here’s the Short Answer…

posted by smcswain

I find Mark Nepo thoughts so inspiring. His devotional today inspired the following insight. Enlightenment (or, salvation, or awakening, or whatever you’d like to call it) is not some lofty place of achievement reserved only to those who struggle, strive […]

Previous Posts

Change: The Two Vital Steps to Lasting Change
Change. Sooner or later, everyone wants to change something.  We begin each new year resolving to make changes... In our relationships; In our priorities; In our health; In our personal fitness; In our eating h

posted 1:38:49pm Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

"Healing the Divide" - An Interview with Author, Christian Mystic and Church Reformer, Amos Smith
"Healing the Divide." That's the title of Amos Smith's book. Fr. Richard Rohr calls it "a foundational work written in a style that will be respected by scholars--yet easily accessible to ordinary Christians and would-be seekers." Leonard Sweet, author of I Am a Follower, suggests this: "Read

posted 6:39:10am Feb. 17, 2015 | read full post »

LIVING WITH FEARS: How I’m Learning to Manage Mine
I think I have always lived slightly afraid of something. • I am not afraid of being attacked like a soldier must feel on a battlefield. • I am not afraid of falling off a cliff, although I would be if I did not avoid heights. • I am not afraid of being struck by lightning because…well…

posted 8:48:19am Feb. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Contentment...In Any and All Circumstances
The spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, once wrote, "Accept this moment as if you had chosen it." That's not so different, is it, from what the spiritual teacher, Saint Paul, described, when he wrote, "...I have learned how to be content with whatever I have" (Phil. 4:11)? [caption id="attachmen

posted 10:40:05am Jan. 29, 2015 | read full post »

The Beliefs I Was Told I Had to Believe to Be a "Good Christian"
If you were raised in a Christian faith tradition similar to mine, you will readily recognize the following beliefs, the following worldview. If you were not, however, this will give you an idea of what I was taught to believe and what many Christians believe still. While I mention only a few below,

posted 4:22:47pm Jan. 20, 2015 | read full post »


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