Happy Monday! Grab your coffee, tea, or wine and let’s get started! Faith is honestly one of the most changing concepts in my life. I kept pushing off this topic. After all, in a week or two, my beliefs may change because I studied a new book that opened my eyes in a new way. People always assume that I am Roman Catholic, and that is partly true. I was born, baptized, raised, and confirmed in the Catholic Church. And although I respect religion immensely, I cannot seem to commit my beliefs to Catholicism. I am a Catholic Studies minor in university, and I love reading, study and deeply analyzing the faith. However, I also enjoy studying many other religions, such as Daoism (Taoism), Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamic, Confucianism, Swedenborgism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Aboriginal religions. I also practice my own personal “spirituality.” I put quotations around “spirituality” because my Catholic Studies Professor states, “Spirituality is not a true belief because it focuses on the spiritual and forgetting about the physical body.” However, I disagree. For me, Spirituality is about finding a balance between your body and its highest potential.
Although I have studied many different religions, my main focus has been on Christianity, Daoism, and Spirituality. The word religion is such an umbrella term. It can mean one thing to a particular group of people, while it can mean something entirely different for another. Religions are also seen as one of those controversial topics. However, I love having conversations about it because everyone’s views are unique. It is just important to respect other people’s opinions and listen to what they have to say about their own faith/ religion because it is each of our journeys. So all I ask is, even if we have different views, can we respectfully have a conversation without judging each other. Because although faith/ beliefs are a large part of my life, they are not who I am as a person.
The Catholic faith is very committed to the concept of Church and mass for many reasons, but the Church has changed over time. However, schools are adjusting for students to learn better why isn’t church. Although Catholic mass services are beautiful and traditional, I learn better in a more interactive environment. This is why I enjoy my Catholic Studies class. I can bring up any questions that I have and have intellectual conversations about the scripture. This is why I enjoy exploring my faith in a more open environment, such as bible studies, personal research, and just having conversations with intellectual people.
However, my favourite concept in Christianity and many other religions is prayer. However, prayer to me includes more than just reciting “Hail Mary” and “Our Father.” Although I do say these prayers and many others, I also believe prayer is meditation, the use of mantras, yoga and Tai Chi, and even general conversation and words you use in your day to day life. How is your daily conversations a prayer? If I am always talking about not succeeding and other negative things, nothing positive will come out of all the negativity. Instead, if you say I am going to excel at this task, it will change your mindset around it and the underlying energy behind it. Speaking about it positively will show what you believe in that you are committed to it and are willing to put the necessary effort in to make it happen. Therefore the more positive you are to yourself and others around you, the more likely things will fall into place.
I hope you are all doing fantastic and have a wonderful week. Every one of you is incredible in your way. It doesn’t matter on any of your qualities, beliefs, or any other attributes. You are still human, and for that, you are amazing.
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