Part 4 of 5: My Search for Spirituality

Hey guys, sorry about the amount of time between my post’s, I’ve been a pretty busy person as of late. First off I want to start off by letting you all know some good news! Since taking steps to change my lifestyle, I have finally seen my first positive result. I have been on blood pressure pills for probably the last six years, at my last checkup in February my BP was 180/100, pretty sad I know. You’ll be happy to know that today, my BP was at a low 100/60, which means I am cutting back on my dose of meds and if all works out and I keep up the good work I will be off my BP meds soon!

There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.

Thich Nhat Hanh

So, spirituality, you know religion, beliefs, faith, the stuff that makes peace and causes wars. I’ve been searching for it, for reason, for peace, for something to make a difference in my life. It has been a continuous journey for me, I refer to myself as a spiritual wanderer, I am not sure what exists, I do believe in the possibility of a higher per, and I have been searching for it. While not a full-blown Agnostic, I am just not sure. Lately, I have been delving into Buddhist teachings and the Bible. I have also been trying my best to practice mindfulness and meditation on the regular. This is something relatively new to me, but it does make a difference.

For those of you unfamiliar with mindfulness, it is the practice of living and being content in the present moment. It sounds simple until you try it. We are so focused as a society on the past and the future that we often do not ever stop and focus on the present. I have been studying a lot by a Buddhist Monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. He teaches that we don’t have anything else except that present moment, we are always living in it. Pretty deep I know. He teaches fantastic breathing and meditation technique which are helpful for finding inner peace. If you are interested in reading some of his work, the best place to start is a book called “Peace is Every Step.” I genuinely think you will enjoy it!

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Another area which I have always found interest in is the Holy Bible. While I am personally not a fan of organized religion, I do say that Christianity holds a special place in my heart. The teaching of Jesus, his love and compassion towards others, his work to better humanity and his sacrifices are more than enough to make anyone who is interested, even that slightest in spirituality or humanity, want to learn more about him. He is a prime of example of how humanity should be, and whether you believe he was the son of god or not, he is a prime role model for anyone who has a compassionate heart.

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.

-Proverbs 3:3, The Holy Bible

 

I am not going to keep going on about my spiritual journey as this is a continued work in progress as I am not even sure where I am at quite yet. It is one of the more humbling journey I have taken, but difficult none the less.

 

If you have any questions or comments on my spiritual journey or what to share something of your own please leave a comment below!

Posted by Scott Gottstein

Business Owner, Reader, Lover of Life, New Father, Former Angry American. I am now focusing on what is important in my life. My family, my career, my health and doing what I love. I want you to join me on my journey and hopefully I can help you along the way!

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