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Bliss Beyond Belief: An Interview with Noelle Amendola

posted by smcswain

She lives in a travel home, along with her husband. They sold their real house, left their jobs, and took to the road. Now, they travel from city to country to city, bearing a message of freedom, joy, bliss. Her […]

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Holy Spirit and Mindfulness…Here West Meets East

posted by smcswain

Lately, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my mind. As you may know, he is still in a coma. We hope and pray for his recovery. Whenever I think of him, however, I am […]

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6 Habits of Highly Successful People: Up Close with Humorist Jeanne Robertson

posted by smcswain

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 […]

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Walk with God…Mindfulness in Action

posted by smcswain

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. […]

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The “4” Myths about Prayer: Pathway to More Meaningful Praying

posted by smcswain

Recently, I pulled up to my local bank drive-though, opened the “pneumatic tube carrier,” as it is known, placed inside the container my bank transaction, and pressed the “Send” button. The little elevator doors closed and I watched as the […]

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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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What about Heaven or Hell?

posted by smcswain

I was re-reading this morning Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Haven’t read it? I suggest you do. On Heaven? Here are some of his words… “When you do not know who you are, you […]

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The Sacred Journey…Four Stages of Development

posted by smcswain

Once you embark on the spiritual path and begin to practice it regularly, there will come a time – it may be a few months or perhaps even a few years – but there will come a time when you […]

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, […]

The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

posted by smcswain

What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being […]

Near Death Experiences…Heaven? Hell?

posted by smcswain

NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of […]

The Authentic Search for God

posted by smcswain

In an authentic search for God, the cosmos of inclusiveness just keeps widening and expanding, not unlike the ever-expanding universe in which we live. That’s a bit of a paraphrase of something Fr. Richard Rohr says in his book Immortal […]

Do You Have But One Blessing, Father?…A Father’s Blessing

posted by smcswain

“Do you have but one blessing, Father? Oh, please, Daddy bless me too.” And Esau broke down and wept (Gen. 17:38) One of the most heart-wrenching scenes in all the Old Testament. Esau, first-born son to Isaac, was looking for […]

Looking for God Outside Yourself is Like…

posted by smcswain

“If God is everywhere,” writes Fr. Richard Rohr, “then God is not anywhere exclusively.” Hold this thought in your mind this day…no, everyday…and see what happens. I suspect, among other things, 1. You will begin to honor spiritual truth wherever […]

6 Questions Christians Should Just Start Asking…

posted by smcswain

Since the article I wrote a few weeks ago was released, “6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying,” I have received a myriad of emails and comments. Most have appreciated my awkward attempts to share my feelings and concerns about the state […]

The Yellow Squash Does Sweat…

posted by smcswain

“The yellow squash will sweat.” Or, so said the recipe. I bought some fresh, yellow squash day before yesterday. Grabbed an internet recipe off the web with instructions for making squash and sweet onion. The recipe instructed me to slice […]

How to Control Your Mind and Thoughts?

posted by smcswain

Maybe you don’t have any trouble with your thoughts, but I do. Thoughts pop into my mind without my permission faster than a mosquito bites my skin on a sweltering summer afternoon. And, equally without my permission. Descartes, father of […]

The Secret to Finding God Is…

posted by smcswain

Do You Seek God?  And yet, no matter how hard you try, you do not feel as if you can quite make it with God? I understand.  Which is why I write so much and so often about this. I […]

Who I Am Naturally!…

posted by smcswain

Here’s a thought for consideration on this bright new April morning in spring. In Harvey Cox’s book The Future of Faith, he references a statement to this effect: “If we love God, even if we think God might not exist, […]

The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God – Video Blog # 1

posted by smcswain

These are a series of video blogs I am producing to introduce you to what I call “the sacred art of knowing God.” I hope you find them useful on your spiritual path.

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, […]

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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Bliss Beyond Belief: An Interview with Noelle Amendola
She lives in a travel home, along with her husband. They sold their real house, left their jobs, and took to the road. Now, they travel from city to ...

posted 7:32:56am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Sunday Morning Spirituality
For two decades, I have crisscrossed this country giving my best effort at counseling and guiding churches representing every denominational ...

posted 9:17:35am Apr. 12, 2015 | read full post »

What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?
The first thing God said to Moses was, "Take off your shoes" (Exodus 3:5). Why? Freshly laid carpet? Hardly, although sometimes I think that Hank, ...

posted 11:24:45am Apr. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Chaos Without...Contentment Within?
Chaos without? Contentment within! Now that's the goal of all goals, is it not? So, why is it, that your life and mine has more of the former and too little of the latter? This morning, for example, I had the good fortune of getting caught ...

posted 4:12:00pm Apr. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Your God is Dead! Just a Little Pre-Easter Thought
Your GOD is Dead! YOUR GOD IS DEAD! That's what the bumpersticker declared on the back of the 1970's VW van covered with colorful paint. I'm not sure ...

posted 10:20:36am Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

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