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The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

The Difference Between Religion and Spirituality

Spirituality is a path that aims at the resolution of the inner conflicts society instills within us. Where society would have us obey and follow in other people’s shadows rather than becoming the true masters of our own destiny, spirituality gives us the tools for finding strength and harmony in embracing and expressing our individuality — in becoming all that we are meant to be.

Religion would have us provided with ready wisdom and all the answers to the fundamental questions of being, but in doing that it only serves to create a great divide within us. The mind will accept dogma and beliefs and strive to live by them, but the deeper intuitive self — the non-rational part we might refer to as the subconscious — knows these beliefs to be in conflict with its own truth.

We're All Raised to be Addicts, but What Can We do About It?

We're All Raised to be Addicts, but What Can We do About It?

“Addiction is a symptom. It's the symptom of a need to run away from something. If we need to run away from the symptom of the cure, then all we've done is go full circle. It's the vicious circle of avoidance, which is perhaps the biggest plague of modern society.

We have so many different means of running away from pain or unpleasantness at our disposal, and very efficient means — purified sugar, chemicalized drugs, instant entertainment, easy sex — how can we not be ever and constantly tempted by one escape or the other? And when the escape becomes ineffective, then how tempting it is to escape from the escape!

This, I feel, is how we learn to live in our society. We learn to stay busy, to develop hobbies — to be constantly on the go, and we praise those who keep a busy schedule. We call them popular or cultured. But ultimately, if there's a need to constantly be busy and run away from aloneness, what culture is that but one of avoidance? Burn-outs might just be the result of failing to stop running — whatever it is we're running to or fro — and depression might just be a symptom of failing to sit with oneself and simply listen.“

Journey into Self-Love — Just What is Self-Love Anyway?

Journey into Self-Love —  Just What is Self-Love Anyway?

Self-love is the label I give to a deep and meaningful understanding of who we are. It’s acceptance and allowance of the truths, longings, and desires that live within us. And it includes all of them, with no discrimination — regardless of liking or preference, for judgment and selection are ultimately the domain of the ego. Self-love is never about judgment, it’s always about allowance and acceptance — even allowance and acceptance of the judgments themselves, should they be manifested. Self-love accepts the ego for what it is, yet ego-love constantly endeavours to repress the self. Which seems more desirable in the end? Who seems to be playing a fair game?”

What is Love? A Diary of a Lost Little Boy...

What is Love? A Diary of a Lost Little Boy...

“Once I got a little older, they told me to say I love you. They told me to say it to my mom, to my granddad, and to my little cousin. They told me I had to say it even though I wasn’t their mother and I didn’t really find them beautiful or strong or valiant. They told me I had to, otherwise they would feel bad - and I didn’t want to make them feel bad - I didn’t want to be a bad person.“

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

The Secret to a Blissful Life: Stop Trying to Win

“The notion of winner in the game of life is deeply attached to the role that’s been assigned to us. Achievement - in the form of social popularity, monetary gain, or educational success - is another one of those completely artificial constructs. It begs to ask ourselves: what do we really want out of life?”