Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality is a result of Constance McClain’s 30-year exploration into the vast world of spiritual practices and religious commonalities. Her work has evolved into a fully-accredited college curriculum in Spiritual Health – the first of its kind in the state of California.
Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality is a guide that embraces spirit-driven mindfulness: to ourselves as uniquely creative embodiments of Spirit, and to others, by encouraging that we live our most authentic lives, with a fully heart-centered outlook, based on a foundation of deep reflection and discernment.
Please join Constance and co-author James in an adventure of the Spirit which will transform you, and change the ways in which you perceive yourself, your personal possibilities, and your relationships with others forever. You will gain an ever-expanded sense of respect and reverence for a world in need of larger love, compassion, and human rights.
"Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality"
is now is available online
Spiritual exploration is a personal pursuit. One where you are seeking your own most authentic self: who you are, how you came to be who you are, and how to transform those parts of yourself you think will improve your life now … as you embark upon a more mindful path fully embraces the present, while looking ahead with integrity to the future.
About Constance and James
Reverend James Anthony Walker began his formal studies in music composition at Boston University, and later as a Graduate Teaching Fellow and founding Director of the Computer Music Studio at The University of Chicago. While today much of his work is best described as ‘painting with sound,’ he still finds it a distinct honor to have studied with a number of Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as many gifted mentors along the way.
He was ordained in 2017 by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and today he blends his musical vision, his years of research into generative techniques, and his spirituality … into transformative ambient music that has been highly acclaimed for use with meditation, relaxation, therapy for the sleep-deprived, and supportive environments for a wide variety of mindful practices.
Today, he and life partner Rev. Constance McClain co-direct Oasis of the Heart, an inclusive InterFaith/InterSpiritual ministry without walls … drawing spiritual nourishment from the core tenets of many of the world’s great wisdom paths,
and together, they seek to promote a deeper understanding of the beliefs we all share in common, so that we can begin to better embrace our differences.
It has been his joy to collaborate on this book, as he has been witness to the life-changing effects that this work, through Constance’s mentorship, has brought to so many over the years.
Reverend Constance McClain is a lifelong spiritual seeker. Along that path, she became a spiritual mentor through the Claritas Institute of Spiritual Mentoring & Inquiry, a program designed and brought to life by Joan Borysenko. Furthering her dream of becoming a minister, she is a graduate of The Spiritual Paths Institute of InterSpirituality in Santa Barbara, California.
Her love of dance, hiking and helping others prompted her to become certified as a Master Exercise Specialist through the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX, where she then became a specialist in Somatic Education with a primary focus on integrated movement … designed to guide students and clients into an embodied awareness of the Inner Spirit within.
A completely unexpected near death experience in 2013 brought her an increased sense of urgency to to become more deeply in service … and in 2017, her enduring dream of ministry was fulfilled, and she was ordained as an InterFaith/ Interspiritual minister through the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
Today, Constance has an unwaivering perspective: that her love of life, all things sacred, holy and divine continue to support her through even the most life-changing of adversities, and it is being mindful of this spritual dimension of health that is at the very core of Mindful Paths: Steps Towards a Living Spirituality.
"Mindful Paths: Steps Towards A Living Spirituality"
is now available online
- Growing up a mountain girl in Missoula, MT and Eugene, OR, Constance grew up fantasizing about becoming her favorite book character, Heidi. In many ways, Heidi really is her.
- To this day, some of her best friends have been dogs, horses and books. She had so many books by the time she was only eight, that she made her own library to organize all of them. All that has changed. Today, she sleeps with them.
- As a kid, she couldn’t stop dancing and singing. Little did she know that years later, she would pursue tandem singing and acting careers. It may not have worked out that well, but her story about Rod Stewart is amazing. That, however, will cost you to hear about.
- The canine, and maybe the greatest love of her life was a labradoodle named GRIZ. The best dog ever, with an irresistible pink nose.
- On an annual trip to Glacier National Park she engaged in a head-butting match with a deer. She lost.
- She was both a Girl Scout and a Campfire Girl. It brought joy to her young life, and the cookies weren’t bad either. Many boxes went missing. Oddly, there were no witnesses.
- On one of his first Halloweens, a dark and rainy night, he collected a lot of candy in the brown paper grocery bag his mom had given him. The bag got so heavy that he dragged it in the rain, and all the candy fell out. His brother helped gather it all back together. To this day he’s pretty sure his brother took all the best candy for himself.
- His first musical instrument was a trumpet. He always wondered where his parents went when he was practicing. It could have been worse. It could have been drums.
- In his junior year in high school, he was suspended for a week for singing with his barbershop quartet in one of the boys bathrooms. It disrupted the entire English class just across the hall. The teacher? Obviously, no sense of humor.
- In college, his band was banned from the Delta Gamma sorority house. As he remembers it, they didn’t like the music. That may not actually have been the reason, but he’s sticking with
- Coming home from his first, and long, business trip to Taipei, he was late getting to the As he watched the plane pull away, he started banging on the glass window and frantically waving at the pilot — begging him to come back. Actually, his plane was at the next gate.
- He was once told that he was so directionally challenged that he could get lost in a walk-in closet. He has tried to disprove that over the years. He has not been successful.
Santa Barbara, CA