While there are various differences amongst the world’s major religions, there are various similarities. Fostering a conversation about religion and incorporating spirituality into your life can benefit you and your family, experts believe.
“Finding commonalities in various religious scriptures, histories and spiritual practices can help us reach peaceful solutions to social problems,” says author Star Chang, whose new book, “Coming Home: A Spiritual and Religious Dialogue,” explores diversified religious teachings.
Chang offers spiritual practices to incorporate into your daily life, irrespective of your faith.
• The goals of the major world religions are similar; but the way to accomplish it can be different. For example, many religions practice “love” to accomplish their goals. Everything you do, do it with love.
• While faith is difficult to prove with the advancement of present-day science, it’s belief in something bigger. Believe in what you are doing, even if all the signs aren’t clear.
• The aim of science is to find ultimate truth, which is also sought by the world’s major religions. Scientists achieve this goal by using external means, whereas religion uses internal forces. Make good use of both to serve your purpose.
• Humans are made up of three parts — mind, body and spirit. The spirit is the leader, the mind is in between and the body is the follower. Confusion will arise if mind or body is the guide. Check your spirits often.
• Tolerance is a practice that comes from the heart. Make sure your heart is light and free from judgment.
• If there’s a negative underlying your actions, the nice you do won’t be felt. To do the best you can, find a balance and come from a positive place.
• Many major religions emphasize having a good heart, sound thinking and good behavior as universal virtues. Help others by remembering these three principles.
• Be kind to all people and creatures without discrimination. These teachings abound in many of the world’s religions, and were as true thousands of years ago as they’re today.
• Initiate harmless conversations amongst members of the family and friends. Spiritual texts, such as “Coming Home,” can be a fantastic gift and can be a helpful way to review world religions and spiritual concepts. Further information can be found at www.BookComingHome.com.
In our modern society, it’s simple to lose touch with your spirituality. But exploring this side of yourself can help you have a deeper appreciation and broader understanding of other cultures and belief systems.
Article by: StatePoint