Religion and Spirituality are they the same, or are they different?
This question has been posed to me a lot lately. Clients, house guests, and even a random magazine article I stumbled across yesterday all raise this question of religion and spirituality.
(I’ve learned that when the Universe presents me something in 3’s, I’m to pay attention to it.)
So, here are my thoughts on this topic.
Traditional religions provide answers.
My neighbor told me a fascinating story I want to share with you. Over our morning coffee on Sunday, we somehow got on the subject of monkeys. (I know, not most folks average coffee talk subject!)
Anyway, Brandy was telling me that her brother spent some time abroad in the Philippines. While there, he discovered that the locals have a very unique tactic to trap unwanted monkeys.
They’ll use a bottle with a small opening at the top,
If you’re anything like me, you might not be great at keeping New Year’s Resolutions. I used to fuss at myself for not having the will power to make the changes in my life, but now I know better.
You see, my personality-self loves when I list goals and make plans. My personality-self loves when I use my mind to make all the decisions.
But, there is a deeper, wiser version of me that balks when I only make decisions with my head.
Bill Gates grew up a little different than most of us. He came from an affluent family, went to leading-edge schools, and knew from the time he was a tot that he was good at math–not just good at math but a genius at math.
In the 7th grade, he took a statewide exam and scored better than anyone in the sate. Not just for 7th graders but 7th-12th graders. He had something special.
My friend Alison is shopping for a new car. Her 2002 Nissan served her well, but her trusted chariot is turning into a clunker.
Alison visited one of those mega auto-centers to test drive a bunch of potential new rides. Her primary goal is to find something she feels comfortable driving, so she immediately nixed one of the cars because it has too many blind spots that made it hard to see and navigate.
Figuring out what to do with your life is the ultimate challenge we all face. And the question comes at us again and again in every new stage of our life. When you don’t know the answer, it brings up all sorts of resistance—your fear, your frustration, your struggle, your confusion, your doubt. I get it because I’ve been there too!
I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who knew what they wanted out of life.
These heavenly themes weave through my ordinary mind—miracles, magic, and mysticism.
These heavenly themes weave through my ordinary mind. Miracles, magic, and mysticism pull at me from the mystery.
These heavenly themes weave through my ordinary mind. Miracles, magic, and mysticism pull at me. From the mystery, I can sense their siren’s call.
These heavenly themes weave through my ordinary mind. Miracles, magic, and mysticism pull at me.
Follow your bliss. This advice used to really piss me off. I would think to myself, “if I knew how to follow my bliss, don’t you think I’d be doing it.”
I was super frustrated and found myself spinning in circles trying to figure it out, but it’s way easier than I made it.
The secret most folks don’t know–Bliss hides in plain sight. It’s in the most random things and in ordinary places.