One of the first steps in your journey to Holistic Happiness and Health (h3) is becoming spiritually and emotionally healthy. I thought I would share a recent experience I had that might help you along your journeys.
A few weeks ago I was walking the Farmers Market in Long Beach with my friends from the Los Angeles Lifestyle Bloggers Club.
Out of nowhere , we were accosted by a street preacher. This man held his holy book tightly in his hands and raised it to the sky, pleading with his god to deliver me and the rest of the people on the street from both evil and sin.
A different type of nagging question…
The type of questions that we usually ignore.
The types of questions that we often dismiss as unnecessary fussing:
- “What do I believe in?”
- “What is the purpose of life?”
- “Is this locally sourced goats milk yogurt still good”
I had pushed away those thoughts so much I found I could no longer answer them honestly.
The responses I could come up with were terrible absolutes:
- I didn’t know what I believed in.
- I had no idea why I was moving through life.
- I had cramping and pretty loose stool later, so I’m guessing ‘no’.
Suddenly, I was lost and without direction. I needed to center myself before moving forward. I took a few deep breaths, counted backwards from 5 in French and focused my inner energy, pulled out my phone and used the Bing Rewards program to search for religion.
After I downloaded an REM Song to assist in my spiritual journey, I started my quest to find a belief system that met my immediate needs.
It was a long process where I needed to navigate many twists and turns on the world wide web, with many forces trying to derail me from my quest.
I spent time interpreting the texts I came across and continued my search until I completed the work of introspection and self-assessment.
After going through scrolls and scrolls of mouse-wheel turns, I found text that spoke to me.
Do only that which is right.
Every individual is free to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, as mandated by the First Amendment, so long as that expression does not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and is in accordance with the government’s laws.
Our fundamental task is to promote freedom of religion and to “do that which is right.” We appeal to a worldwide audience through our online church services and a belief that “we are all children of the same universe.”
This non-denominational church didn’t come with the name recognition and status of the big Los Angeles religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Scientology; but it still had legitimacy and recognizable members.
Cementing the decision was the conversion process. There was no indoctrination process, no series of seemingly endless meetings with clergy members, just a simple and straightforward message and method of teaching.
In that moment I made a commitment to myself to this new faith that brought me spiritual wellbeing.
I followed one of the paths laid out before me and embraced my new beliefs. I swiftly rose through the ranks and became an ordained minister and was able to rejoin my friends at the market who had stopped to sample some delicious California almonds.
Hopefully my experience on my spiritual journey will aid you in your 3H quest.
It certainly paid dividends for me. After my conversion, I was immediately blessed with an excellent deal on some handcrafted spice blends