After the recent election I found myself being disgusted with some proclaimed “religious folks”. Not feeling the need to point fingers at any particular religion or belief I decided to sit down and write about how I would want my own personal bible to read. I left it vague on believing on any particular higher power or higher powers so that it could more easily be adapted towards a larger majority of people. I honestly don’t care if you are Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, or not religious at all. If you live a good life, if you choose basically good over evil, you’re cool in my book. (no pun intended there since this is basically me writing my own “religious script” of sorts) So here goes…can’t wait to see if this one starts a debate.
Let us not focus on the creation of the universe or the creation of us. Nor the animals, the seasons, or the trees. But rather let us just be.
Is it important to debate the theories that surround us?
Were we created by one God? Were we created by multiple supreme beings? The powers that be? Were we created by science? Or evolution?
Does it matter how we started? Where we started? Or is it more important how we live our lives?
We are here.
What matters is learning.
What matters is life.
What matters is kindness.
Should we not study our world’s religions? Not just one though, we should study them all. We should study our world’s sciences. Learn about the earth, the universe, our bodies, our oceans.
Each theory, whether religious or scientific has a place in our world. For someone’s life work is behind each fact or theory.
Let us not belittle others. One has every right to their beliefs. Just as one has every right to their choices.
But in this right, choose to do good. Because good breeds good, hate breeds hate. “Do unto others as you wish to have done upon you.”
As easy as it is to judge, take a look at yourself first. Have you not faltered? Have you not struggled? Have you walked a mile in someone else’s shoes?
Always try and respect your elders. They have lived in times we cannot fully understand. They have made the mistakes that we have yet to make. They have wisdom we do not have. And that deserves respect.
Tread lightly on our world. It is the only home we have. It is the only home the animals have. From the rain forests, to the deserts, this is the beautiful land we have to protect. The trees purify our air, the dirt helps grow our food. Love the earth as you would love your own mother for it protects us as mothers would do.
Teach. Share your wisdom with others. As important it is to respect and listen our elders, it is equally important to pass on our knowledge to others. Everyone’s experiences are unique. We are all equally important. Just because some of us make millions of dollars and others are without, we all have a story to tell. There are personal wisdoms inside us all.
Give. Give unto others. Whether it’s your time, your ear, or your wealth. Sharing is caring. You never know what impact you can make on another person until you try.
Create. There are gifts bestowed upon us. Look at the artist that shares their beautiful views with us. Look at the musician that can make us feel with their melodies. Art is every bit a part of our world as science. One may argue it’s not as important as science, and yet we see the beautiful proof of art therapy helping people everyday.
Live and love. The two most important L words. Live your life. Enjoy the small things. Life is truly too short to let it pass you by. And if you choose to believe in reincarnation, still live this life to the fullest. Why not make each life you get the most incredible one you can? Love one and another. Love freely. Love whomever you choose. That is a gift we have. It is no one’s business who you choose to love. You have the right to be who you want and who you feel you are. No one can make that decision for you. No one should be afraid to be themselves. As long as you are doing good, and living justly, that’s all that should matter.
Meditate. Many of us don’t subscribe to the weekly ritual of worship in a church. And yet, it is important to take time out to be spiritual. Whatever your spirituality may be. Meditation can be a reset switch. It can be a time when you clear your mind of all the buzz our chaotic world imprints on us. It’s the time that you can focus on just being. And making the time to do this and showing yourself a little bit of the love you deserve.
So many religions are based on fear. Do this, this way, or else. What a sad way to live. Spending your life in fear of some eternal punishment for making mistakes. We are taught right and wrong beginning at a very young age. Believe that that is enough. Knowing right and wrong and choosing the righteous path. What higher power would turn you away for doing your best to live a good life?
Can one appreciate the community that comes from organized religion? Yes of course. Community is another one of the gifts that we as humans given to us. So gather, share in your individual beliefs. But know that what you believe might not be THE belief. And that’s ok. Because a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim, or a Catholic are all taught basically the same idea to love goodness for all creation, to treat people the way they would love to be treated, and to hate sinful deeds but not the sinners who commit them.
Choose love. Choose life. Choose understanding. Choose happiness.
And in this find peace.