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Jesus and the Buddha

posted by smcswain

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. What Christians Have Been Taught Christians, for example, mistakenly think Jesus was suggesting his followers had […]

Meditation: The Key to Living a Sacred Life

posted by smcswain

Meditation is the key to living a sacred life. It is the key that unlocks the chamber to an inner life of tranquility. Meditation is also the indispensable discipline you must practice in order to know a sacred, spiritual life. […]

What Is the Purpose of My Life?

posted by smcswain

What is the purpose of my life? Haven’t you asked that question at least a million times? I talk and write much about this, precisely because I think about it almost all the time. How would you complete this sentence? […]

Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

posted by smcswain

The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

posted by smcswain

Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you? Powerless to change the world? This might explain it… In Voice of Reason, a book shared with me by my Facebook friend, Bill Butler, author Bryant McGill writes: “Take […]

My Mind! My Worries! My Madness! Who Will Deliver Me?

posted by smcswain

Worry is the conversation in your head that fear has with itself. Really? Maybe that’s why… I tell myself not to worry, but I worry still. I tell myself I do not worry; but then, that I should worry more. […]

Why Am I Here? The Purpose of Your Life…

posted by smcswain

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace till the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life is but a shadow, a poor […]

Faith So Simple…As a Mustard Seed…So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

posted by smcswain

Faith is so simple. So very simple. It is religion that complicates it. Why? Control, perhaps. Distinction from other religions, maybe. I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, […]

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The Problem with Faith
The Problem with Faith I wish it were easier. It is not, however. In many ways, my spiritual walk was easier when it was not so complicated by faith. When I could reduce it to a catalogue of beliefs,

posted 1:23:58pm Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

The Voice Within
Several years ago, Christina Aguilera sang a popular song "The Voice Within." The lyrics go like this: When there's no one else, look inside yourself Like your oldest friend, just trust the voice within Then you'll find the strength that will guide your way If you will learn to begin to trust th

posted 11:12:43am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

6 Habits of Highly Successful People: Up Close with Humorist Jeanne Robertson
What are the habits of highly successful people? I asked myself that question as Pam and I left the Brown Theatre in downtown Louisville Friday night. We went there to see the veteran humorist Jeanne Robertson. And, we were not the least bit disappointed. Jeanne was terrific. We laughed non-stop fo

posted 2:59:58pm Nov. 23, 2014 | read full post »

The Most Important Questions You'll Ever Ask Yourself
"What are the most important questions you'll ever ask of yourself?" Following a keynote I gave recently at an annual gathering of seasoned aviators meeting at a casino (a first for me), one of the pilots approached me with that very question. [caption id="attachment_1181" align="alignright" w

posted 1:34:04pm Nov. 02, 2014 | read full post »

What to Do When a Pet Dies
When a beloved pet dies, what do you do? Last Wednesday, we said "Good-bye" to our beloved Oscar, a mini-Dachshund, who brought to Pam and me more joy, laughter, and companionship than I can desc

posted 4:34:47pm Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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