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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #50 on: November 21, 2013, 01:51:31 AM »
For me, spirituality is a fluid thing. I don't really connect with any one religion and find that I take things from various religions that I like. However, I also come up with some of my own ideas about the spiritual aspect of life. I don't consider myself religious, but I consider myself to be very spiritual.
I think generally when people describe themselves as religious, they are devoted to one religion. But when people describe themselves as spiritual they just do what feels right to them and find ideas they like from a lot of religious and sometimes have their own ideas about what happens after death, or other things like that.
I hope that clarifies things a little bit! I could probably say more if you want.   :happy0151:
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #51 on: November 21, 2013, 07:59:40 AM »
So it can mean a belief in an afterlife? Probably should read Marianne Williamson but doubt I could do it.

Generally can relate only to Buddhism as a philosophy. That First Noble Truth, Life is Suffering, is always soothing, esp. when the next Noble Truths tell us we can overcome suffering. The hope rests in us.
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #52 on: November 21, 2013, 08:34:50 AM »
Yes, I think a lot of spiritual people believe in some sort of an afterlife. I'm not 100% sure on what I believe as far as death goes, but I do believe in some sort of spiritual unity & possibly something heaven-like as a resting place before going on to the next life.
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #53 on: November 21, 2013, 04:43:34 PM »
Ahhh, yes, the afterlife. I have no interest in it whatsoever. Once I'm done with this one, I sure don't want another.

Would like to get out without some of the hideous suffering that can happen at the end. This preoccupies me almost daily esp. since I am not far from the exit. My life has been lived. Would spirituality help? How could it help practically? Sorry I'm relentless. You need not answer, of course.
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #54 on: November 22, 2013, 08:18:03 PM »
Not everyone that's spiritual believes in an afterlife though. There can also be that "spiritual unity," basically meaning you're nothing but connected to everything in the universe at the same time.

It depends on the person. Some people are just not spiritual at all and that's okay. I think it can help practically, though. For me, it provides me with the idea that there's something enormous out there -- the universe -- and that I know I'll be connected to it. This feeling can help with my anxiety and depression.

You should try reading the Tao Teh Ching, the central Taoist text. It's very short. It gives an interesting perspective on the idea of the unity of everything. :)
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #55 on: November 23, 2013, 07:23:19 AM »
Actually have the Tao Te Ching and will try and read it. Probably gave up earlier.

Thank you for reminding me of it.
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #56 on: November 23, 2013, 09:21:09 AM »
My religion is Roman Catholic. Well i live in the Philippines so the vast majority in our country are mainly Christians especially Roman Catholic. When i was just a kid i remember when my mom told me that "Pray every night and day" Well to be honest my Religion also helped me dealing with my Anxiety especially attending a church mass every sunday and praying every night seeking for help with my Anxiety. My mom told me that you can Talk personally to God while you are praying. For some reason everytime i am on under pressure or stressed out I pray in front of Jesus Christ's altar for help and forgiveness, that helps me a bit. I even pray with my rosary beads

Or even sometimes i listen to Hillsongs related to God and Jesus Christ when i am on a "panic mode" or just Anxious.

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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #57 on: November 24, 2013, 11:58:44 PM »
@tinam7: Oh, awesome! :) I love the passages so much.

@bittersweetlife: I get what you mean. I don't pray, but whenever I do something like meditation or something else that is spiritual, it really helps me. :)
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #58 on: December 09, 2013, 07:43:24 PM »
For me it's to come to terms with (Like the 1st poster) that all religions may come with some version of truth,but not all truths,and we must explore them.
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Re: What is your Religion and how does it help you with your anxiety?
« Reply #59 on: January 20, 2014, 09:30:39 AM »
I try to live my life according to Norse Paganism. Among other things, I believe I must be heroic on the field of battle to impress the valkeries to be allowed to spend eternity in Vallhala.

How does this belief manifest itself in my life? I'm a surfer. Whenever I get anxious, for example, whenever it's big, I will say Vallhala, and this gives me the courage to be brave in the face of danger. For example, if I see a big wave building in front of me, instead of paddling for the shoulder, I'll say Vallhala, and I'll turn and paddle for the wave.
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