Daily Prompt: Un/Faithful
Tell us about the role that faith plays in your life — or doesn’t.
As a Buddhist, faith is something that has to be supported before it’s given. Spiritual practices have to align with the scientific world, not suspend believe in what our senses tell us. I wake each morning, and practice a period of meditation. This allows me to focus on the day ahead, meeting the challenges and opportunities that come along with the right frame of mind. Reminding myself that nothing is permanent, allows me to weather the bad, while not getting caught living on past glory. At the end of most days, I will meditate on the day’s events, reviewing how I accepted what life offered. Did I do my best to consider what is best for other beings, not just myself? Have I left the world in the same or an improved condition, then when I started. It is not that everyday, I succeed, as we all will fail at times, but rather have I gained wisdom from my thoughts, speech and actions, allowing me to improve my response the next time. For regardless of what faith, or religion we follow, they all share the goal of encouraging us to become better, to reduce the causes of suffering, and to be a better person.