clarym29I findThu Apr 12, 2012 10:23188.8.131.52that terms and labels don't draw me in on a personal level. What I mean is that if something works for me, then I'll use it or stick with it. My personal code is drawn from all over--could be Catholic, Southern Baptist, Hindu, animism, witchcraft--I don't care if that leads to an inner peace and harmony. I do what feels good. Simple, right? Not really. It's tied to what Campbell calls, following your bliss. What is that? It is what makes one happy. Well, happy is out, since trying to define what that means is impossible. So I shoot for peace and harmony internally. The difficulty with that is what truly does that--make for internal peace? Eating ice cream? Love the stuff. But if I sit around all day eating ice cream and watching baseball (that, my friend, is true heaven!)--that makes me happy. For awhile. Then the negatives set in big time. I could go on about that, but I think you get the idea.
I suppose that is what causes the rub I feel about organized religion--they say and do things that don't fit my code.
- Well like all great religions ... Baruch, Wed Apr 11 21:47Buddhism has more than one form. The Zen form, at least for lay people, isn't all that disciplined. In Soto Zen, all you have to do is sit quietly part of the time. No meditation on a koan, no... more
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- With all institutions ... Baruch, Thu Apr 12 18:00it is "one size fits all" ... even if the leadership "is" included. Otherwise it is one size for the leaders and one other size for all the rest of us. Listening to your internal "daemon" is what... more
- Rather clarym29, Thu Apr 12 19:50than thinking of the inner and outer, I think of it as the rational and emotional--those are the two parts I like to achieve harmony with. That is a lifetime occupation. I've gotten fairly good at... more