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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 […]

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The 4 Ways Life’s Little Interruptions Help You

posted by smcswain

The delays…interruptions…to your important life, as well as mine, are quite frustrating, are they not? Who hasn’t experienced a flight delay? A mechanical problem? A cancelled flight? Or, a traffic jam? Or, having to wait in the checkout lane? They’re […]

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The Power of “I AM”

posted by smcswain

In The Book of Awakening, the poet Mark Nepo writes: “In seeking what is essential, we become essential.” This is true. Seek a sacred life, you become spiritual. Seek to live by faith, you become faithful. Seek compassion, you become […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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THERE and HERE…

posted by smcswain

Why am I so seldom satisfied with where I am? Why does over there always appear more enchanting than right here? Why is it that I look forward to vacation…make plans…detailed plans…imagine the fun, the relaxation I’m going to have…the […]

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A Fish with Arms? What the…?

posted by smcswain

“The instant fish accept that they will never have arms, they grow fins.” That’s the wisdom with which Mark Nepo begins his thought for today in The Book of Awakening. And, it is a thought that captures my imagination. It is […]

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Going Within…Changing Your World!

posted by smcswain

Nepo says that when he was young he talked fast and loud. Sometimes, I still do. What he did not realize until much later in life is that “I kept talking faster and louder to the world around me because […]

Destinations! Or, Today?

posted by smcswain

It was Mark Nepo who observed, “Birds learn how to fly, never knowing where flight will take them.” I have spent the greater part of my life worrying about my destination…where the flight of my life was taking me…instead of […]

Giving Your Attention Too Quickly to the Next Thing…

posted by smcswain

“Much of our confusion in life comes from giving our attention too quickly to the next thing…” says Mark Nepo this morning. Ah, now that touches a nerve in me. It does some of you, too. Which is precisely why, […]

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 […]

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