I have a friend who was talking to me, and referred to my spiritual interests as being, “into all that zen and peace stuff.” I don't have anything against him, it's a misunderstanding. And I'm not even writing this to correct him, but to inform any who may share this misunderstanding.
I want you to imagine someone sitting with their legs neatly folded in some way, with their eyes closed, and their hands out to their sides, perhaps even chanting something. Now imagine someone crocheting. Their gaze is focused, and they aren't easily distracted. If I were to now ask you which one was meditating, I'm sure that the (nearly) unanimous answer would be the first. And now that I'm bringing this into question, I'm sure that you're starting to have doubts. Well, if you are, then that's good!
Love is in the air, and I'm not even in Paris. I'm actually nowhere near any spot that's a romantic getaway, but it is Valentine's Day. February 14th, the day where we exchange cards, stuffed animals, and commemorate our loved ones. But most important of all is the candy, and the CHOCOLATES, right?!
I have recently dived into Karen Armstrong's book, “The Battle for God,” in order to better objectively understand my religious roots. For those who don't know, I was raised as a fundamentalist Christian, mainly in the Assemblies of God denomination. From what I can tell so far in her book, the thing that sets fundamentalists (of all/most religions, not just Christianity) apart is mistaking mythos for logos. I'll admit, that kind of shocked me, but it makes sense. Before I go any further, it's important that we understand just what logos and mythos are.
Being spiritual and being atheistic are not mutually exclusive. They address different things. There's a range of atheism, and there are religions that are functionally atheistic. There are even atheistic versions of traditionally theistic religions, such as Christianity. So what does atheistic mean? There are two parts to the word: “a,” which is a negative [...]
It's time I lay another piece of foundation for this blog. I find that it's essential, and crucial, to know the reason why I emphasize spirituality. Why don't I find something else to blog about? Someday, I will introduce other topics, but there's a fire for spirituality. There's a reason for this fire, and it's [...]
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to the topics of faith and hope. I really believe that the majority of people misunderstand what faith actually is. When I hear someone say "just have faith," I'm fairly certain they mean hope. The thing is that faith is not merely something that you "have". [...]
As I already identified in my previous post, religion and spirituality are two separate entities. Spirituality is by far the more important, but religion should not be ignored or brushed off either.
I believe that religion largely acts as....
There's a trend that's been going on for some time now, and I'm sure it's still picking up pace, for people to identify as being spiritual, just not religious. It's as if there's a distaste at the notion of being religious. And if there is indeed that distaste (I've experienced it myself), that speaks an unfortunate volume on the state of religion.
I feel as if that distaste is largely due religion's death. I don't mean that it's dying in the same sense as becoming mythology. I mean that it lost touch with it's heart, spirituality. Without spirituality, religion becomes little more than a dry husk.