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November 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm #86775
That’s true. Other people will not always have the right answers, but I also find it hard to mato my own choices.
There are people in my life who support my passions and believe in me, but I still feel impatient and just want my life to be at a more sstable place. So in a lot of ways I’m telling myself to focus more on money since that’s ssensible. So I notice other people saying those
things and tend to forget the support.November 3, 2015 at 6:39 am #86643
I am a Christian and I feel that personal belief is more important than organized religion. I think a lot of times when it comes to faith, we can be pressured to fit in with a specific group of people. I think connecting with your higher power and walking on your own journey in faith, and being aware of your gifts is what matters most.
I think you just have to trust you journey and that you will find what you are seeking spiritually. The idea of leaving a religion makes it sound like you were part of some exclusive club that is difficult to break free from (and it can feel that way sometimes), but I don’t think that’s what belief is.
You don’t have to think of this as leaving a religion and joining another. You can just think of it as continuing on the spiritual journey you have already been on for many years. You are continuing to try to connect with you higher power and be your best self. You are trying grow. Growth is not something you put in a box. It flows, it allows you to learn. Faith is a journey. Trust that.
If you haven’t seen or read Life of Pi, I think it’s a good idea to look into it. The boy in the story believed in many religions at once, even if they contradicted each other. But he was very spiritual and that is the journey he was on. Also, Oprah’s TV series, “Belief,” is seriously worth looking into! Check out her YouTube channel. It’s about people of all belief backgrounds.
Also, you don’t to be a part of organized religion to have a relationship and find comfort in Jesus Christ. But again you are on your own path and I wish you the best.November 3, 2015 at 6:08 am #86642
I can see why you would feel uncomfortable being the only person eating if everyone is fasting. It’s not easy feeling like an outsider when the people around you are practicing a religion you are not a part of. I think even though many religious people try to be accepting and embrace others, it can still feel like there is a dividing line between people of different beliefs.
I think it’s great that you acknowledge your feelings. It’s totally okay for you and your partner to have these differences. To be honest, I think even if this weren’t a religious thing, I think to some extent families tend to have different traditions.
I don’t know much about your boyfriend’s religion, but I can say that fasting in itself isn’t that uncommon. There are lots of religious people who fast for different reasons. The idea (usually) is that it strengthens the person’s faith because they learn to 1. resist temptations, 2. detach themselves from earthly things to focus more on spiritual enlightenment, and 3. practice trusting their higher power to provide for them, not only with material things, but with spiritual things as well… If a person is healthy enough to do it, it can be beneficial. Sometimes people will fast from something specific, like soda, so they can learn those things without risking their health.
I think honesty is important. I’m sure your boyfriend would understand you feeling uncomfortable being the only person eating. Maybe there’s a way you can spend some time with him and the rest of the time with other loved ones?
On the other hand, it sounds like this could be a chance to step outside your comfort zone. You might learn something. No matter what you do, I think you should enjoy your holiday. You and your boyfriend can always have your own celebration before or after his fasting. As long as you have time to bond, I think things will work out either way.September 10, 2015 at 8:11 pm #83150
I think I am to an extent. I like to meditate, pray, do yoga, and spend time with nature. I feel like all of us have that spiritual side that can be nurtured. I think even trying to be kind to others is spiritual. It reminds us
that there’s something bigger that connect us
all.September 9, 2015 at 2:20 pm #83091
I just want to say that you are really brave for coming out. It’s a process and it’s definitely not easy. But I do believe that when you live your truth, things work out in the end. I hope everything works out for you and that you get all the love and support you deserve:)