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Re: There is always hope

Posted by emmanuel98 on May 29, 2012, at 19:30:08

In reply to Re: There is always hope emmanuel98, posted by SLS on May 28, 2012, at 19:20:40

It's the whole idea of a him or her that turns me off. I don't believe such an entity exists. My sponsor once said that god is love and spirituality meant giving love and allowing oneself to receive love to/from others. That's as far as I can believe in. My DBT therapist talks about self-compassion and the loving-kindness mantra from Buddhism. (May I be happy, may I live in peace, may I be at ease). I'm still trying to get this. But I believe that a belief in oneself and others is the key to survival for me, not a belief in god, an idea which simply has no resonance for me.

That's the key. I doesn't resonate. I know others believe in this. I know it is meaningful and helpful to them. I know they believe in a god very different from the one I learned in childhood (typical pre-Vatican 2 Catholicism, fire and brimstone, like in James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man). But I have no real curiousity about this. It just is meaningless to me.


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