Religion is my Everyday

Most of my younger years I could never sit still. I had an irritating energy of restlessness within me which always kept me super busy. I constantly rushed around doing things, sometimes a few things at once; and there was an underlying tension and stress that I was living with daily. I would continually fidget or scratch and I could never really get a feeling of stillness within my own body. My mind and body invariably felt quite racy. Starting a few things at once and not finishing anything left my body, my house, and my life in disharmony.

With this momentum of feeling busy and stressed, I found it hard to wind down and sleep, and for years I took medication to numb my body so I could just go to sleep and rest. Continue reading “Religion is my Everyday”

‘It Was Meant to Be’ and ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’

I recall as a young adult wondering if there could be a cause and effect going on in life and if I would ever understand ‘why things happen’. This question seemed to immediately bring a realisation that it was possible that things didn’t just happen randomly; that there may be a reason for the sudden bad mood or lost school report and there may even be something behind the seemingly random illness or accident… Since then I have discovered that life can be understood and as a result I no longer feel like a passenger on a runaway train – allowing things to happen to me without taking initiative to choose the quality of my path to be one that feels true for me.  Continue reading “‘It Was Meant to Be’ and ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’”

Breaking up with Organised Religion 

Weekly church, regular confession, fasting at lent, praying for forgiveness and generally trying to be a good person dominated my religious life from when I was old enough to understand it until organised religion and I broke up when I was 35. The break-up wasn’t long and drawn out; in fact it was short, fast and relatively painless for me.

If you had asked me when I was in the thick of my regular organised religious practices if I would let it go, I wouldn’t have believed you, as I have always known there was God and I was taught throughout my childhood that God equated to religion and church.  Continue reading “Breaking up with Organised Religion “

Reincarnation and Karma: Hocus Pocus or Perfect Balance?

Not all people agree that reincarnation is part of our natural cycle here on earth: it’s too abstract a possibility. I’ve so often heard, “you’re born and you die – it’s as simple as that.”

Religions often have views about the afterlife. Christians believe in hell and heaven, Muslims believe that the present life is preparation for the next realm of existence, Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation – that once a person dies on this earth, they will be reborn to a new life and the status of that life depends on the work they did before their death. (1) Continue reading “Reincarnation and Karma: Hocus Pocus or Perfect Balance?”