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Featured How Important Is Your Religious or Spiritual Practice in Your Day-to-Day Life?

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by SalixIncendium, Aug 11, 2018.

  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Resident Hermit
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    I recall as a child growing up in a cafeteria Catholic family that we made it to church every Sunday unless it interfered with mundane tasks such as home improvement, planting a garden, etc.''

    My recent promotion has interfered with my daily routine, though I have made it a point to reserve some time to do what I feel is important.

    How do you balance your religious/spiritual practice with your day-to-day life?
     
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  2. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    I don't separate religion and life.

    I don't understand at times why ritual is so important when life itself is so fluid and dynamic. Trying to separate the two seems to be counterproductive when there's a schedule for life and living and a schedule for religion where a person may or may not feel they have time for one or the other.
     
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    Me neither.
     
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    It's a part of my everyday life. I meditate, pray, read different texts that move me. I believe in God, am spiritual and a monotheist. Yet, I feel connected to all.
     
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    I don't take my religion seriously at all, life is too short.
     
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    Rats! My whole post just disappeared.

    Anyway, I dont separate religion from day to day life. I make my values (Freedom, peace, meaningful work, integrity, and creativity) a foundation for my spirituality instead of the other way around. I tried religions with rituals, prayer set times, and meditations; that didnt work.

    I exercise these days. Started a week ago joggin in the morning and light walk in the evening. Spirituality is taking care of myself. So, that, nutrition, mental care, and an out is my religion.

    I started putting meditation listening to Dharma talks in between the floor exercise before jogging so I wont have an excuse not to do it. When I have canvases, I paint. I do poetry more often now.

    So, my day to day activities, including doing my resume and finding work (hopefuly meaningful)

    Disciplined religions and religions that separate spirituality from physical life is a no-no. So, I dont have set meditation times, certain prayers, mantras and beads, nor frequent visits to houses of worship.

    Its really making religion just as brushing your teeth or walking the dog. Once you separate it becomes a obligation or necessity or worship. I dont worship. So, its easier to incorporate spirituality in my daily routine. Im not under obligation to do something X way.
     
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    That too.
     
  8. atanu

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    Even when you are defending Trump?:)
     
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    This is great post.

    While interacting in the phenomenal world, dealing with 'others', sometimes makes me forget the fundamental teaching of my teacher. Life then becomes a friction, until I reground myself with puja, pranayama, mantra japan, and meditation. Since 2014, I am handling a reasonably big managerial position and it has taken its toll. I can only devote dedicated time to introvert the mind and harness the discursive thoughts on weekends. But even then I rarely succeed.
     
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    I don't practice my religion so it doesn't interfere with my day to day routine. I've been doing it this way for a long time now and it's worked out quite well for me. :)
     
  11. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    That's just politics. The thrill of debate. ;0)
     
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  12. atanu

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    That is good. But what about thrill of losing the debates?
     
  13. Nowhere Man

    Nowhere Man Bompu Zen Man with a little bit of Bushido.

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    Haven't you heard? There is no such thing as a loser in a debate. :0]
     
  14. atanu

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    Again a winner.

    But wait. What if you lose in life game your job or something else that is important for your wellbeing and sustenance?
     
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    Religion is an integral part of my daily life. I don't ask myself if I need to wash or eat, and in the same way I don't ask myself if I need to pray.

    When some-one says that they have a religion but don't practice it, I wonder how they can be said to have a religion. But I suspect a lot of the people here just post for the sake of seeing themselves on the screen, like dogs marking a lamp-post.
     
  16. SalixIncendium

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    Meditating, praying, and reading all take time. What if life changes led to time constraints that prevented your doing these or significantly reduced the window of opportunity?
     
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    I never understood this mindset, even growing up with people with a similar thought process. If you are not going to take a religion seriously, why take it at all?
     
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    What if your circumstances changed and your daily routine was significantly disrupted? What if a job or career took the time you dedicated to jogging, walking, and floor exercise?
     
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    Growing up I went to church every Sunday and nothing interfered with that process, now I don't go to church and nothing has changed for me except perhaps freeing up some time on Sunday mornings, so why should I take my religion seriously since it makes no difference whether I take it seriously or not? I'm the same person regardless.
     
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    "You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day, unless you're really busy. Then, you should sit for an hour." - Zen proverb

    Kind of says it all. ;)
     
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