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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Losing Your Religion

While the goal of this blog is to learn to be more spiritual, something should be said about religion.

Now, before we get started, there is a huge difference between religion and spirituality. One can have one without having the other. Religion relates to a set of values and morals you share with a group, while spirituality is a way of expressing those values and morals in everyday life.

With that bring said, I want to emphasize that I am not here to convert anyone. Whether you choose to identify with a religion or not, I think with all the negativity surrounding religion it is important to focus on the positive aspects. So, what can religion do for you?

Religion allows you to learn in a group setting. A spiritual journey is fun, but it's even more fun when you have others to share it with. In addition, you get to learn from those more advanced than you and teach those who may not have yet traveled as far down the path as you.

It provides a safe place to ask questions. You don't have to worry about feeling stupid, or getting answers outside of your beliefs.

When you have problems, the elders also serve as counselors. You are protected by their vows of privacy.

So whether you pray to Jehovah, Allah or Buddha, find a group of like-minded people that you can meet with and share your joys and pains with. Life is not meant to be a solitary activity.

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