SparkPeople Spiritualities and Philosophies Team Messageboard ~IMAGINE~ a world as ONE~ Uniting, Sharing our Truths, Spiritualities & Philosophies & Religions & InterFaiths ...CoExisting, Honoring, Respecting & Learning from one another. Namaste! SparkPeople Spiritualities and Philosophies Team Messageboard CHAKRA work room <BR> <BR> Chakra Work Tue, 3 Jan 2017 14:18:15 EST IMAGINE IMAGINE <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:48:11 EST Music Awards <BR> <BR> what kind of music do you like... inspires you Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:34:56 EST DREAMing <BR> <BR> sharing Dreams... interpretations.... ideas... etc Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:34:10 EST How are you today? <BR> how ya doing Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:31:35 EST Nature Paths Natural paths Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:28:31 EST Religions then and Now <BR> <BR> feel free to share and discuss Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:27:44 EST Book Review <BR> <BR> have you read any good books lately... do tell... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:19:35 EST ANGER Management <BR> <BR> release your anger here... (aka Venting) Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:18:08 EST Self Help.... Life skills <BR> <BR> sharing life skills Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:16:26 EST LIFE Philosophy Discussions <BR> <BR> lets talk LIFE Sun, 25 Dec 2016 21:15:21 EST Athiest and / or Agnostic <BR> <BR> please share with us Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:23:07 EST PRAYER Room <BR> <BR> Prayer requests... and or... sharing Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:22:38 EST MEDITATION Room share with us <BR> <BR> <BR> different forms of medition <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:19:47 EST Spiritual and/or Religious <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 15:19:08 EST Getting to know you.... THIS or THAT <BR> <BR> answer the question prior... <BR> <BR> then ask another question Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:50:28 EST ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE <BR> just a THANK YOU works <BR> <BR> "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, <BR> it will be enough." ~ Meister Eckhart <BR> <BR> <BR> or..... <BR> <BR> share what you are THANKfilled for Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:49:03 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:40 EST Christmas or Winter Festival Joy Please have a fun and safe celebration Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:24:52 EST My Family Needs Help I am pregnant with my third. I lost my job in September, and my unemployment claim has been denied (trying to appeal). I struggle with mental illness and a personality disorder. Add being pregnant, and finding work has gotten really difficult. <BR> We are trying to get my mother moved back out to our area for mutual support - she is on disability, but could help us out both financially (a bit) and with childcare and moral support. We have room for her in our basement, but it needs a bit of wo... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:13:40 EST Falun Gong or Dafa Has anyone researched Falun Gong or Falun Dafa? Tue, 27 Aug 2013 01:29:58 EST Summer plans What are your summer plans? Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:51:49 EST Magic I have got to share this with SOMEONE and so far, you guys are the only ones I know who may understand. <BR> As I have stated here previously, I worship KaliMa. I have been on the Hindu path since my junior high school days when I ran across a Back to Godhead magazine and felt the connection. When I became an adult at 18 I was able to start attending Hindu temple programs and began my studies in earnest. As I grew (in all ways) I added more things to my worship. At this point in my life I pra... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:58:44 EST With my Eyes Closed and my Tongue Out I pretty much just copied my new, quick spark page introduction and pasted it on here. I just want to let you guys know that I'm very excited to be a part of this team and can't wait to see the discussions and progress we make here. Please swing by my page and say hi anytime. <BR> <BR> I love life. I love my life. I am so blessed that my path is parallel and close enough to the love of my life that we can hold hands as we skip through the fields. I am far better at being a philosophizing T... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:38:01 EST Researching Hinduism and Buddhism I"m doing some research into Hinduism specifically because I've been feeling a pull from Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi. For the past half year or so Saraswati has been kind of my patron goddess as it were and since I'm all about wisdom-she is very it seems that I've been introduced to others. So I've been doing some research and for those of you on this board that are Hindu, Buddhist, or have simply studied it, I would like to know what resources you have used. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 05:01:25 EST Hi all! A long time member of SP here from Texas. I look forward to getting to know those of you who are new and reacquainted with the former. <em>213</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:34:07 EST Hello Everyone!!! Hi, my name is Divya. I am Hindu, my personal Goddess is KaliMa. I am also Gypsy so I add in Sarah Kali. <BR> I notice this team isnt very active. I hope someone knows Im here......le sigh Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:00:32 EST You Wont Even Know the Meat Is Missing Hey Everyone! <BR> Anyone else trying the vegetarian route? I have found so many incredible veggie alternatives that are helping me healthwise that I thought maybe others might have favorites of their own to share here. The only issue Im coming across is sodium in some of these frozen meals. Doesnt all that sodium possibly defeat the purpose or is protien the big thing that should be paid more attention to? Please share your ideas and input. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:51:18 EST What Exercise Do you Enjoy Most? Hi Everyone, <BR> Thanks to our wonderful leaders for keeping our group going. Here is an interesting topic that maybe we can share with each other. Are there any kinds of special exercises that you do that may be out of the "ordinary"? I've only recently began to learn about meditation and my husband wants to try Tai Chi. I'm really looking forward to that one.......what so you think? Sat, 31 Mar 2012 13:59:35 EST Holiday Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your fall festivities Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:46:36 EST Explain Your Username Thought this might be a fun conversation starter for the team. I'll go first: <BR> <BR> Astarte was a Babylonian Mother-goddess who was adopted into several other pantheons (Ishtar, Asherat, etc), and her worship was concurrent with the rise of Judaism. To the early Jews, some of whom still also followed her (King Solomon), she became Ashtoreth - a mix of her own name, and their word for "shame." To them, she was a goddess of profane love, and later in Jewish mythology, a demon of lust. <BR>... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:21:21 EST Sorry The last two weeks have been utter hell on me, and I have not felt equal to much of any task that was not a pressing need. I have fallen down on the job as an admin for this team, and I feel badly for my abandonment. It seems as though things will calm down, so I should be able to jump back on the bandwagon here. I hope everyone is well and busily striving toward their goals. Its good to be back. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:56:12 EST Wishing I Weren't the Only One It would really be nice if I didn't feel like I'm the only one active in this group... <BR> <BR> Anyone else is welcome to jump in at any time. Sun, 7 Aug 2011 09:33:58 EST Hello everyone Just found this team and am looking forward to exploring... <BR> <BR> My philosophy is simple, yet isn't necessarily grounded in any one faith. I am very spiritual - I believe in greater powers, an endless soul, reincarnation and a growth toward enlightenment. I believe every thing in this life has a purpose - I believe in love and peace. <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been exploring daily affirmations - check out my blog, I have some there and how they have helped me in my weight loss journey...... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:44:19 EST Share an Uplifting Passage - Goal This is for one of our team goals. <BR> If everyone would please join this goal, share an uplifting gem daily from a book or spiritual text, and check the goal off in "other goals"! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:46:18 EST Team Leader Hello All! <BR> I believe that groups like these are important, and have therefore opted to step into a team leader role. <BR> I wanted to briefly introduce myself and encourage everyone to say hi! <BR> <BR> Namaste Sun, 17 Jul 2011 12:38:33 EST Greetings team I look forward to what I might learn and experience by being part of the team. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:00:06 EST hello Everybody! I'm new to SparkPeople and have never used a site like this (including forums, blogs, message boards, etc). I am very excited to meet everyone and share inspiration and a sense of community with all of you. Have a wonderful day and congratulations on all of your successes. : ) <BR> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 04:27:14 EST New to the team Hello, my name is Dee. I have been practicing yoga for a couple years now, and have recently been becoming more interested in learning about the philosophy behind the movements, breathing and meditation. I am looking forward to being a part of this team <em>434</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 14:07:44 EST What Have You Been Feeding Your Soul Lately? Ok, I'm a newbie, but since nobody else is talking I thought I'd give it a shot. This group has such a diverse group of members, so I thought I'd pose a few questions to see where we're all at, and what we've been up to. <BR> <BR> 1. Have you read any good books/audio books related to Spirituality or Philosophy lately? <BR> <BR> 2. How do you see your weight/health/fitness in relation to your spirituality? <BR> <BR> 3. Do you have a daily/weekly spritual practice or ritual? <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:21:16 EST Knock Knock--Anybody Home? Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd stop by and see what was going on. Kinda quiet in here! Is everyone in hibernation mode? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm around. You can visit my spark page and see what I've been up to. I'm in France, so I'm on GMT+1. I hope to chat with some of you soon! <BR> <BR> -k Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:49:11 EST Greetings! I was born and raised Catholic but now tend to follow a more Hindu/Bhuddist philosophy of life. <BR> <BR> I beleive ALL life forms are equally as important. <BR> I'm not sure what I beleive exactly except that I am not separate from the rest of the universe. I see my soul in my dogs eyes, and I have heard the trees whisper and felt connected. <BR> <BR> I probably sound nuts. I dont beleive in heaven or hell, but that all life forms have an essence that suvives and is unified after the phy... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:56:26 EST PUJA from the Daily Om Puja <BR> <BR> Connecting with the Divine <BR> Forging a spiritual connection with the divine is the ultimate goal of many forms of worship. In our devotions, we transcend the limitations of our humanity using prayers, rituals, and invocations, or we seek the celestial in sacred items such as statuary, imagery, or natural objects. In the Hindu tradition, worshipers bond with the divine through the puja ritual. The purpose of the ritual is to create an atmosphere in which humans and spiritua... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 20:38:48 EST Namaste everyone! Hmmm this doesn't look like a very active group! I'm a convert to the Hindu path and I'm looking to reconnect. I've had a lot of stress at home lately, especially with my marriage, and I'm not feeling particularly centered. I'm hoping if I spend more spiritual time with myself maybe it'll help. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:13:34 EST Your Windows are Your Eyes! Feng Shui is full of metaphors and says that windows are the mouths of the children living in the home and the eyes of the adults. <BR> <BR> Here are some things to think about: Are your windows in need of cleaning? Are you not seeing something you should? Wash your windows and "see" if you get an answer. <BR> <BR> Are any of your windows cracked and broken? How are your children feeling? Do they feel that their "voice" doesn't matter or that you are not listening to them? Is their voice ... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 14:11:39 EST Seeking joy and peace on this spiritual path Hello, rejoined SP yesterday and have just loved browsing to find all the different sites. My name is Caroline and I am an IET master, masseur ( mainly for friends and family)and nurse. I am really looking forward to reading and sharing experiences with like minded people. Watch this space!! <em>67</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2009 12:19:31 EST GREEN QUEEN I've just started a group for all 'green' minded people. <BR> <BR> The idea is to share tips & experiences & bring up issues related to the environment & environmentalism. <BR> <BR> I'll be sharing green cleaning & gardening tips, herbal remedies, recycling etc. <BR> <BR> If you're interested please come along & have a look <BR> <BR> Teresa <BR> xxx <BR> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 12:39:19 EST Feng Shui and the Front Door Feng Shui says the front door is the "mouth of Chi." It is how the energy/Chi and opportunities come into our lives. You want to use your front door every day and you want to keep your doors in good working order. The more the door is used the better. You want to bring attention to your front door so the opportunities/Chi can find you. Things you can do: <BR> 1. Create a garden pathway leading to the door. <BR> 2. Place 9 red plants by or leading to the door. <BR> 3. Hang a seasonal ... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:32:13 EST MUSING (inspired writings... and quotes) hi Everyone.... <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Sharing something I wrote today after being inspired by quotes I found on Friendships... this is from the heart... <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> ~ “Even though we are changing inside and out. We're all finding our own place in the world. We all know that when the tears fall or the smile spreads across our face, we'll come to each other because no matter where this crazy world takes us, nothing will ever change so much to the point where we're not all ... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 15:28:30 EST CATHOLICISM! JUST MY IRISH PHILOSOPHY ON SAME. Here I am, 4 am, but i feel compelled to post this. Organised religion is a great forum for those who need it. God is the higher being. As for myself, I watch TV about clerigical abuse, and it's mundane. We ALL went through it. I watched a Christian Brother hang 8 year old boys on a coat hook, 6 feet high by their collars and slap them with a leather strap[compulsolary instrument] in the abdomen.F...K that was accepted. Parents accepted it! I've seen our Catholic educators place boys on the ... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 23:21:04 EST DREAMING OF DEATH AND THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED. I had a dream that my sister died, she's fine. It subsequently turned into my mom's death. She died 23 years ago. Any insights? Sun, 7 Jun 2009 04:12:00 EST Daily Tao meditation 1 <BR> BEGINNING <BR> This is the moment of embarking, <BR> All auspicious signs are in place. <BR> <BR> In the beginning, all things are hopeful. We prepare ourselves to start anew. Though we may be intent on the magnificent journey ahead, all things are contained in this first moment: our optimism, our faith, our resolution, our innocence. <BR> <BR> In order to start, we must make a decision. This decision is a commitment of daily self-cultivation. We must make a strong connection to our ... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 16:01:31 EST New Blog I have started a new Blog at <BR> <BR> This is where I will chronicle my final project for Certification in Compass, Flying Star, and 4-Pillars Feng Shui from Roger Green. This Certification is in addition to my Black Hat Tantric Certification from Carole Hyder and Wind and Water School of Feng Shui. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 08:13:12 EST AROUND the WORLD... where are you... Deby in Minnesota now (since 2001) <BR> <BR> lived almost all of my life prior in Calif... <BR> <BR> I feel I am still a Cali Girl at heart.. <BR> <BR> ~~BLESSings~~ this THOUGHTfilled Thursday ~~0:) <BR> Thu, 14 May 2009 15:51:09 EST Conflicts How do you reconcile the conflicts in your life? <BR> <BR> Since my spiritual re-awakening I've often been led to this. My husband has his own way, but doesn't see the need for meditation, rituals, sacred times & spaces, whereas I do. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel that the only way I'll be able to spiritually progress is to leave, but then that will disturb my children. <BR> <BR> This leaves me in a space where sometimes I can practice my path but at others have to stifle what I want to do. <... Wed, 13 May 2009 11:04:21 EST newbie Hi glad to be with you all. I don't get to talk about spirituality much, so I'm joining as many spiritual groups as poss. This is great <BR> <BR> p.s. is anyone going to the sunrise celebration in glastonbury?? <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 11 May 2009 06:12:13 EST Please Help! I finished my contract at my last job in September 2008 and I have been looking for work ever since. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, April 1, I will be having a phone interview for a my ideal job (teaching radiology)! Please help with all your prayers/good thoughts/rituals/whatever that I am hired for this position. <BR> <BR> I have been so depressed lately because my job search hasn't been going well. I hope this position is why I have not been able to find a job anywhere else. It is... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:57:12 EST new to your team just popped in to say to ev1 & hope you all having a grrr8 day! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 11:04:01 EST February is out! The new issue of, the monthly ezine, is available. Make sure you check out the latest article in my monthly series, "Door to the Beyond: Paganism and Mental Health". <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Moss Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:24:37 EST Team Goal In these rough economic times I want all of you to read a uplifting passage of your choice from your sacred text or meditate. These measures will help to maintain our serenity through the tough times. Fri, 9 Jan 2009 14:13:34 EST Happy To Find You! <BR> Hi, I'm really happy to find this team! I'm writing you from a mountain top with a view of the largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Europe- what a magnificent place to be! We've just had a good snow fall and it's turned into a Buddhist winter wonderland. Meditation and developing spirituality are my great loves and I'm glad that they're also yours. <BR> I've just filled out my spark page and I invite you to take a look. <BR> I'm a 64 yr. old American Buddhist nun living in a retreat c... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 05:28:44 EST Holidays I want to wish you all Happy Holidays no matter what holiday you all celebrate. Be healthy and safe while having a good time. <BR> Your facilitator <BR> Healthybear Sat, 13 Dec 2008 17:37:27 EST Zenning with the team. Hello I'm Esther. I just became your facilitator. I enjoy doing Zen type activity or meditating. Wed, 10 Dec 2008 02:07:12 EST Feng Shui Does anybody know or practice feng shui?? Thu, 4 Dec 2008 17:44:09 EST Meditation topics So after talking in another thread thought this thread might be a good one to set up. <BR> <BR> Feel free to add topics. To get us started how about self awareness. How we act, and interact with others. What effect this may have on others. <BR> <BR> Let us know any results that you may want to share or think others may find useful Tue, 2 Dec 2008 16:53:54 EST intro my name is jaaz (means Heard By God). i am into alternative spirituality. I read eckart tolle, deepak chopra etc. i had the good fortune of seeing in person the Dala Lama speak. It was a wonderful experience. looking forward to sharing. <BR> jaaz Wed, 26 Nov 2008 22:06:12 EST I'm new!!!!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm into Buddhism + i'm so happy to have found others into the same religion..... <BR> <BR> Love, Light, Happiness + Peace Always <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> HippyHopefull <em>88</em> Mon, 3 Nov 2008 07:20:50 EST Moss' Malas Open for Business Most of you know I'm really squeamish about getting into sales, and I only do this sort of thing either when my back is against the wall or when I have something to offer that I really think is needed. The current effort is more of the latter. <BR> <BR> I have begun to sell malas (meditation beads). The majority of them are the typical 108 mala beads plus the meru, or "home bead", and they are used in various Eastern chants, whether Buddhist, Hindu, or Sufi. The malas I am selling are han... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 01:16:18 EST Moss' Malas Open for Business Most of you know I'm really squeamish about getting into sales, and I only do this sort of thing either when my back is against the wall or when I have something to offer that I really think is needed. The current effort is more of the latter. <BR> <BR> I have begun to sell malas (meditation beads). The majority of them are the typical 108 mala beads plus the meru, or "home bead", and they are used in various Eastern chants, whether Buddhist, Hindu, or Sufi. The malas I am selling are han... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 01:16:13 EST Moss' Malas Open for Business Most of you know I'm really squeamish about getting into sales, and I only do this sort of thing either when my back is against the wall or when I have something to offer that I really think is needed. The current effort is more of the latter. <BR> <BR> I have begun to sell malas (meditation beads). The majority of them are the typical 108 mala beads plus the meru, or "home bead", and they are used in various Eastern chants, whether Buddhist, Hindu, or Sufi. The malas I am selling are han... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 01:16:03 EST Trickle down I'm finding myself spending less and less time on the computer, and more time practicing mindfulness... in my reading, my television watching, my eating, even my relating to friends. I've even cut back on my TV to basic cable, a savings of about $50 a month, and would just cut it all off but that would mean investing in a digital box or no TV at all. Not sure I'm ready for that leap yet, might feel a bit too much like biting off more than I can chew right now. <BR> <BR> I don't know how lon... Thu, 9 Oct 2008 02:06:05 EST Hello Everyone!!!! I am new here and very happy that there is a place where alternative healing, meditation, spirituality is being incorporated with this process.... <BR> So..Hello to everyone and I am hoping to connect with some people for support... <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2008 23:29:09 EST Spiritual Music As I was driving to work today, I kept thinking about how incredibly glad I am that I had Michael Franti in my CD player. He's so incredibly upbeat and spiritually focused, and his songs always improve my moods (or strengthen them when they are positive to begin with!) I highly recommend Songs From the Front Porch -- it's his folk-style CD (his other work tends towards hip-hop.) What do you listen to that's spiritual? Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:54:14 EST I need your help again So I passed Part I (yay) but now I have to take Part II of this big national exam! If I do not pass, I can not get a job in my chosen profession and I must wait an entire year to take it again. <BR> <BR> I am asking that you keep me in your thoughts/prayers/rituals that I pass this exam given on August 8 *and* August 9 in the Chicago area. I really need to focus to overcome my learning disability and pass this exam. Please send me all the good vibes/luck/thoughts/etc. that you can send. <... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 17:54:38 EST Spiritual Books What are you reading at the moment to improve your spiritual life? I could use a few good titles... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 18:44:16 EST Introducing myself Hi. I'm roughly new to Sparkpeople, want to lose twenty-five pounds. My spiritual beliefs are a very loose conglomeration of Buddhist, yogic, and 12-step principles. I'm looking forward to meeting y'awl! Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:40:38 EST Salzburg, Austria Hello! <BR> <BR> I am going to Austria next year to visit my aunt and my uncle. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone has ever been there?? <BR> <BR> How is it??? <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2008 14:31:16 EST Hare Krishna Hello All! <BR> <BR> Don't forget that the Festival of the Chariots is coming up in August!! <BR> <BR> Its located at Venice Beach and it is going to be beautiful!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2008 15:17:42 EST Hello! Hello, <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you! <BR> <BR> My name is Kelsey. <BR> I am new to this group and so glad I found it. <BR> <BR> You all have a wonderful day Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:31:50 EST Just dropping everyone a hello I am new here and very happy that there is a place where alternative healing, meditation, spirituality is being incorporated with this process... <BR> So..Hello to everyone and I am hoping to connect with some people for support... Tue, 13 May 2008 11:42:15 EST meditation goal I noticed that there are no team goals and no meditation goals anywhere else on this site. I know that for me daily meditation is a discipline that helps me stay mindful and on track all day long. How about if we add a team goal for daily meditation and then just report how many minutes? Sat, 3 May 2008 09:51:19 EST New to the Group Hi everyone my name is Tina and i was just browsing to see if they would have a hindu team and I came across this team! can't wait to get into some interesting discussions! <BR> <BR> Tina Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:29:16 EST please help I have a huge professional board exam coming up on March 29+30. I had to pay $800 to take the exam and if I don't pass, I am not only out the money but I won't be able to get a job in radiology. I am asking you, as fellows on a similar spiritual path, to help me with prayers, or good thoughts, or great energy, or whatever. <BR> <BR> I will be so busy studying this month that I will have little time for exercise. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your help! <BR> <BR> Doc <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 19:17:28 EST Hi from HEL Hello everyone! I am HEL. I'm here to lose a lot of ugly fat and meet others with the same goals. I am a Druid (RDNA style) and Taoist/Discordian philosopher. Sun, 3 Feb 2008 11:38:34 EST Saying Hello Hello--I have just found this group. It looks very interesting. I was raised christian, but I am very drawn to buddhist thinking, meditation, and mindfulness. I'm new at all of this--and I'm hoping to use this to help me through this journey I'm starting out on. Take care. Mon, 28 Jan 2008 20:24:24 EST I am new to this, but open. Hi, i am a 23 year old mother of two, two years and 6 months. I am not budhist, but my mom is. I am on a journey to rid my life of negativity and to live more simply. oh and also to lose the last 7-10 lbs <BR> I am just looking for some positive people in my life. Mon, 13 Aug 2007 08:56:26 EST Koans- Not just for Buddhist meditation Thought I would start this thread <BR> <BR> Here's one to contemplate <BR> <BR> Hell is not punishment, <BR> it's training. <BR> -Shunryu Suzuki Thu, 19 Jul 2007 14:55:57 EST Not sure where I fit.. Hi! I'm Gina. I'm a navy wife and mom of two currently living in Naples, Italy for the next 3 years. <BR> <BR> I was baptised and raised catholic. When I became old enough to make up my own mind about things I started searching elsewhere. I've tried pagan and the like...not really for me...I can't see myself, alone in my house, performing ritual..I felt silly. But my beliefs are unique. I believe that "god" is an energy form..and all things and people and animals etc in the universe are... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:39:13 EST Looking for buddies Looking for buddies <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> Im near SDSU. 29 fem. What are your health/fitness/weight loss goals right now? right now Im trying to get from 310 to 150 by the time I turn 31. So far its been good but I completely lack motivation to wake up early enough to warm up my back so I can get some good exercise in. I usually walkl over by Lake Murray where there is a nice balance of slight inclines and level plateaus, plus I can set goals of being about to walk over 3 miles everyday ... Fri, 2 Mar 2007 01:23:46 EST hey everyone I'm new to this group! I've been reading different books on Buddhism and Taoism for the last few years and would like to learn more. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> Fri, 16 Feb 2007 22:46:25 EST new here hello people. i've been on spark for about two weeks, and found this group, and thought it looked interesting. raised catholic, but now i'm a buddhist. i've studied many religions, independently, and in school. i did a double major in college and one of my majors was religious studies, so i'm pretty interested in anything that has to do with religion/spirituality in general. Tue, 28 Nov 2006 16:15:26 EST Alternative Spiritualities & Philosophies Group Fo This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "Alternative Spiritualities & Philosophies" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, Tantrikas, Brights -- if you are on an "alternate" path from the mainstream, feel free to join! <BR> Tue, 16 May 2006 22:04:11 EST