We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.
Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A Modicum of Peace
That being said, it is important to recognize as a spiritual reality that we are frequently, sometimes habitually the sources of our own stress. We create the stress we then feel as a supposedly objective reality. We breed our own anxiety. Spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, & devotional reading can help us discern the stress and anxiety we create, and they offer the possibility of decompressing without adding the stress and anxiety of knowing we create a good deal of stress and anxiety for ourselves and then feeling guilty or anxious about our anxiety. Spiritual practices offer a gentle way out. They offer a modicum of peace.