66 episodes

A vibrant, story-filled look at contemporary spirituality that's fun, contemplative, practical and cultural.

The Pocket Contemplative dgschmelzer@gmail.com (Dave Schmelzer)

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

A vibrant, story-filled look at contemporary spirituality that's fun, contemplative, practical and cultural.

    Lovingkindness Right Now

    Lovingkindness Right Now

    Alongside Jesus, the mystics tell us we have a superpower when we've been hurt or when the larger world seems scary or hostile: lovingkindness prayer or meditation. The Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela show us its power. The new movie Everything Everywhere All at Once takes it as one of its themes. Join Dave Schmelzer as he lets you in on a lovingkindness hack and as he introduces you to the thinking of the great modern teacher on the subject.

    Mentioned on this podcast:
    Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, by Sharon Salzburg

    • 24 min
    Don't Fear Your Fear

    Don't Fear Your Fear

    Moving into all the possibilities of our lives requires a fearlessness that can seem out of reach. Dave Schmelzer takes a look both at helpful tools along these lines from modern teachers and also at how some New Testament writers teach us that overcoming our fear of being afraid unlocks the rich benefits of faith itself.

    Mentioned on this podcast:
    Hebrews 11:13-16
    The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, by Martha Beck

    • 21 min
    Be Seen

    Be Seen

    The early stages of our life of faith often require us to keep quiet about anything that might rock the boat with others around us. But a surprise is that subsequent stages do the reverse. Now we need to continually relearn what's true for us and then be fully seen for those truths. The transition can be a painful one! But then we discover rich rewards. Dave Schmelzer explores how The Examen (discussed in the last episode) can help us with this while also taking a deep dive into advice from the mystics (and from St. Mark) about the power of knowing and speaking our truth. 

    Mentioned on this podcast:
    The Critical Journey: Stages in the LIfe of Faith, by Janet O. Hagberg and Robert A. Guelich

    • 33 min
    The Examen & Your Best Life

    The Examen & Your Best Life

    In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus encourages us towards a kind of perfection--what the contemplatives see as a kind of inner, structural integrity--that God has. Dave Schmelzer looks at two different takes on how to pull this off: one from pop culture, and the other from among the most ancient and enduring Christian spiritual practices, the Jesuit practice of the Examen.

    Mentioned on this podcast: 
    Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life, by Dennis, Matthew and Sheila Linn
    The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self, by Martha Beck

    • 22 min
    On Self-Compassion and Hearing God's Voice

    On Self-Compassion and Hearing God's Voice

    We're told that a major benefit of deepening spiritual practice is discovering a profound kindness towards ourselves and others. Dave Schmelzer will fill you on insights from psychology and contemplative practice about finding this self-compassion and then Grace Schmelzer will tell an affecting story about how learning to hear God's voice powerfully broke through her own inner judgment. 


    Mentioned on this podcast: 
    Shauna Shapiro's book Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy

    • 41 min
    On Wellness and Healthy Aging

    On Wellness and Healthy Aging

    Modern contemplatives often tie spiritual practice to wellness in general. Dave Schmelzer looks at some inspiring stories about healthy aging even as he discusses modern brain science around things like telomeres and emotion contagion and positive stress. He closes with a look at the nine common habits among the parts of the world that are home to the people who live the longest.

    Mentioned on this podcast
    A Los Angeles Times column by Steve Lopez called "The secret to a long life? Curiosity, says Morrie, who has now survived two pandemics"
    The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest, by Dan Buettner

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

virtuouscycl3 ,

So grateful

I have been listening and participating in the online groups for two years. It’s really hard to overstate what this podcast and the group has meant to me, especially in such a tumultuous time. I feel new synergy with my partner and with God, when my circumstances should have led me otherwise. I’ve found perseverance in important causes and new strength of voice. New caverns of self awareness have opened up. I’ve made really intriguing and loving friends from far away. Jesus doesn’t feel so far and I feel new awareness of ways I and the world are being supported, even through suffering. Very grateful.

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Beyond Religion

Dave is a gifted and blessed speaker able to intelligently and spiritually guide the listener beyond religon into the beginnigs of a meaningful relationship with God. He exposes the failure of a rules dogma life that ultimatley leads to misery, and invites us to step out of our confined comfort zone into a spiritual adventure that leads to fullfillment and purpose.. Using his own real experiences and broad, non-generic examples from our world, Dave reveals the warmth and love of God within our worst experinces, while leaving us with practial tools to keep walking in faith.

primetime_007 ,

Pure gold!

Packed full of deep and profound content each episode, yet Dave somehow makes every one fun and accessible. I always come away encouraged, happy and hopeful. More, please!

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