There are several topics one can bring up in mixed company. Religion/ Spirituality, Race and Politics are three that don’t usually make the cut. I often wonder, why? The quick response is because someone has to be the “winner” in the conversation. MY belief in religion is correct, MY thoughts on race are superior, and MY political vote was the right one.

Think about it, in today’s world (and yesterday’s), there are so many thoughts, ideas and insights, one can’t really discount another’s opinion. If diversity comes from each person’s life experiences:

  • His or her childhood
  • Parents/siblings
  • Education
  • Culture/beliefs
  • Race/Religion
  • Successes
  • Failures
  • Trusted friends

How, then, can you say that one person is wrong for believing what they believe? Remember, they, too, may think you’re off your rocker for your ideals. We are all affected one way or another by our life experiences, as they shape our moral views. In turn, we tend to be more vocal based on what our experiences have led us to believe.

I offer a different idea:  your life experiences have led you to your perfect and right path. What you choose to believe is perfect for you. And beloved, you have no right to try to sway someone into believing what you believe, unless you’re asked to. You’re right…for you and that is enough. There’s a little word I love to discuss, and that’s acceptance. When we accept that we have all come to where we are on our life’s journey, because of our personal life experiences and one’s beliefs aren’t superior to another’s, we can better experience more people, places and things…life.

When I talk to people about Spirituality (and I do it sparingly and with trepidation), I share my thoughts and how I arrived at my conclusion. I’m not interested in being converted to religion, because, quite frankly, I don’t believe in it. I believe religion has its place as some people need to be dictated to, and I say this in the nicest way possible, however, for me, I don’t require someone to tell me how I “should” experience my relationship with my higher being.

I didn’t grow up in a religious family, however, I did attend several religious schools, and received a great education, however, the rules about the church left me with questions. I always wanted to know, why? Additionally, because I wasn’t a member of that religion, there were parts of the ceremony during services I couldn’t partake in, and I always felt a little ostracized. I didn’t feel this when I attended non-secular schools, where, of course, there are other reasons to feel left out.

Many of us have questions about religion. Which one is “right”? Where do I belong? What teachings resonate with me most? On my path, I found that I could have a unique relationship with a higher power that didn’t involve belonging to a church/mosque/temple/hall, etc. I found it much more comfortable to practice yoga and meditate while allowing myself to connect inwardly. In doing so, I began to develop my intuition, and trust it. Our intuition is tied to spirituality, and therefore, trusting your intuition is akin to trusting your higher being and thus, yourself.

When I wrote Trusting the Tingles, it felt right and like a tool or instruction manual to help others learn how to trust. The moral to the story: Follow what feels right to you and enjoy this beautiful journey we’re on.