It all began rather innocuously. I posted on my Facebook account, the following: “I’m not sure when I became a Buddhist. I’m not completely sure it was a conscious effort. But here I am now, feeling as though Buddhism and yoga are where I feel most comfortable. Does that mean I’m a Buddhist-Hindu?”
These thoughts had entered my consciousness quite often in the previous weeks and months. I had been attending yoga on a regular basis for about a year. I’d lost forty pounds through diet and my yoga practice. Each time I’d go to class at my yoga studio, I found I would arrive earlier and earlier and read the different Buddhist publications strewn about the reception area. They had Tricycle, Buddha Dharma, and Shambhala Sun. I’d devour a new magazine each time. I began subscribing to these magazines and reading books on Buddhism I’d purchased before, but somehow, never got around to reading.
However, it was all academic. Or so I had originally thought. But then, as I began reading Happiness by Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh I began to realize I had a framework, however slight, for my Buddhist practice. Thanks to my yoga practice I was already working on the awareness of breath that is the foundation of the teachings in Happiness. I couldn’t tell you even one percent of the terminology that accompanies the understanding of a fully realized Buddhist, but I have the beginnings of a practice.
I am hoping this blog will help me capture my progress into the faith I am choosing to follow, not the one I was born into. As issues arise I will blog about them and see where that leads me. I already know I am terrible at meditation, so those will be amusing posts for you to read. I will do my best to keep it interesting and keep you excited.
You will, I hope, forgive me in advance, as I combine, juxtapose, and inadvertently and irreverently use Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Goddess Worship, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Celtic, Druid and any other I can think of, terms throughout this blog. I also have a tendency to ramble and write stream of consciousness. I will endeavor to keep everything as coherent as possible.
Thank you for joining me on my spiritual travels.