This morning, i wanted to open up a discussion about sincerity and being true to the things you believe in no matter the belief. Many people preach but only a few actually practice what they preach. When it comes to your faith, it is important to remember that if you want someone to take you seriously, then you have to be able to back up the things you say.
When i was a really young kid, i was fascinated with nature. While the other kids were playing with toys, watching tv and running the roads, i was walking through the fields and woods, playing with insects and other small animals, watching plants and flowers grow and climbing trees and watching the skies. At that age, i had no clue to meanings but still i enjoyed witnessing this awesome world that i was born into...not the human society part, but the natural part. Human society, in my mind, was something that was everchanging and greatly influenced by those in power which did not thrill me at all. Nature, however, was something that man could not change and that was what fascinated me...nature had her own rules and i felt a need to learn about these rules and wanted to understand her. As I got older, i began studying these things in depth and realized that people had 3 choices in life: be in harmony with nature, destroy nature for personal benefit or just simply be oblivious to her without any concern at all. Eventually, i learned that in order for me to be a positive influence on others, i had to actually be someone that others would listen to...no point in talking about how good an apple tastes or how healthy eating promotes healthy living and thinking while engulfing a banana split and washing it down with a soda. I do my best in walking my path as i talk about it.
So, are you true to your path? When you log off the computer and carry on about your daily activities, do you actually try and live each minute the way you believe? It takes great sacrifice to do this as it is not easy to let go of habits that aren't exactly parallel to your ideas of how to live. For example, i have a group here on this website called "The Witch's Kitchen" which promotes a style of living fitting for what i believe in...however, i often catch myself stopping by McDonald's occasionally and grabbing a burger and fries because it's convenient. I have been rigorously working on disciplining myself to be the person i talk about being...and it does take a great effort but it's working. The more i stick to my path in reality, the more i enjoy talking about it. It doesn't matter what lifestyle choices you make for yourself...what works for you...works for you. But it is so important to be sure to check yourself to make sure you actually live the life you stand for. Well, that is all i wanted to say here...
bright blessings to each and everyone of you : )
Great post Michael....
A couple of thoughts.... like yours, my chosen path seems to be along the natural lines; respect for nature & her occupants be it plant, animal or otherwise. This of course can be a difficult path to stay true to in this consumer society we have created for ourselves, but I try my best and I am still working on it. I try not to preach because I am far from where I would like to be on this path, and even if I get there I would rather just teach by example. Some of my best teachers have done just that.
those are very wise thoughts...indeed i feel the same...
Yes. Its certainly not easy. I find myself watching tv when I ought to be outside enjoying the night. Minor setbacks. I've spent the last few days outside with my son, teaching him about the things that live outside. And earlier I had him watching sesame street and they said the most horrible thing. They said rocks aren't alive. So I immediately turned to him and said 'don't listen to them. yes they are.'
good...ya know, being human we can't help but take advantages of modern conveniences and fast foods plus entertainment via games and tv but i believe to find a happy medium and be at balance with the modern world as it is without being too extreme, it's best to moderate as they say all good things in moderation. being completely one way is no better than being totally the other so i think that's the trick...watch a little tv now and then but don't forget the outside entertainment and learning.....live earthy and wholesome but it's ok to stop by DQ once in a while.
I believe that as we follow our own paths and make the commitment to that which believe is true we will often stumble or fall down. The main thing is the commitment to the journey and our discovery of who we are and who we want to be.
true..and that takes a strong commitment, lots of sacrifice and plenty of patience.
and we are only human, we are not perfect even though we strive to be....i think it all works out good as long as we continue with our efforts and keep getting back up when we fall ... getting back on the path when we get lost.
Before we can follow our path, we have to find out who we are. When I am faced with any major decision, when I ask myself, "how would I respond to this spiritually?" I usually make the wisest choice for you soul's path this lifetime.
Our North node helps show us what we came to do this lifetime.
I'm true to what I believe, but honestly what I believe is a hodgepodge of Abrahamic thought (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) plus ample borrowings from traditional African religions, broad Neo-Paganism, and the New Age Movement--so to someone who is not ME I probably look indecisive and borderline schizophrenic.
haha! I like that answer
I'm glad someone does. Many people seem to find my spirituality confusing or a reason to get butthurt. I just do what works. :p