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Hope & Hope

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Hi all,

I am a 27 year old female from the UK, with various mental health issues. My family are not religious or particularly spiritual, and although i've always shown a natural curiosity in the various religious and spiritual beliefs my friends hold, and have always wondered about the value of faith and spirituality in healing, i've never really pursued it further.

I guess i've reached a point in my life where i have tried various prescribed drugs and therapies, and i want/need to try something else. Personally, without wishing to insult or offend, i feel that Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism are perhaps the belief systems that intrigue me the most and that i identify with, admire and aspire to the most.

The only problem is, i do not know where to start! It's not so much about choosing a new faith or religion, as just exploring them further with an open mind and seeing where it takes me.

I bought some books recently, but as i am a keen reader, with a couple of fictional books and an autobiography already 'on the go', i thought it best to finish everything else first and dedicate my full attention to each of these books, one at a time. I have bought:

The Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzo
The Art of Happiness - Dalai Lama
Gandhi, An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

Has anyone found themselves in the same position as me, looking for something else to help make sense of the world, but unsure where to begin ... or has anyone read any of the above books and found them to be helpful and interesting?

Although i am very tolerant and interested in other's ideas and beliefs, i am wary of those who are very forceful in their beliefs and try to impress on me their own belief system as 'the only belief system'. I thought it best to mention this here, so as to avoid any friction.

Kind Regards,

Hope xx
 
maxitab

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You might find the Mindfulness approach of Jon Kabbat Zinn, Jack Kornfield and others interesting. Sort of using some of the Buddhist teachings for good mental health - you can take or leave the more religious aspects of the Buddhism as none of them are fanatical at all.
 
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Hi Hope,

I'm an atheist myself, but we do have at least a few members (that I know of), who practice Buddhism. I'm not sure about Hinduism and Taoism. Hopefully they'll come along and pass on some ideas. :)
 
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You should talk to Jericho, Hope & Hope. He's the one to see about Buddhism and spirituality.
 
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Hi

I was in a similar situation to you a few months ago.
I was raised a strict Catholic throughout my childhood. Several events happened in my life that led me to turn away from that path.
Since I've had my diagnosis, I realised that I had been indoctrinated into Catholicism, and that it didn't sit comfortably with me. I'm not having a go at Catholics - I am just saying, it didn't suit me. It may be great for other people.
I was introduced to Buddhist meditation techniques to cultivate mindfulness and loving kindness, and found, in the process, that it really eased my turbulent mind.
I have chosen to take this further and embrace the Buddhist system of belief.
I agree with maxi, there are wonderful meditation techniques and how deep you choose to go into the religous aspect is completely up to you.
There are some many wonderful people on this forum with so many different beliefs - the only important thing is that we all help each other along whatever path we choose to take.

Take Care

Angie
 
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Hope & Hope

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and reply to my post.

It's good to know there are members here of many faiths and beliefs, blue :)

I will take maxitab's advice and look into the Mindfulness approach of Jon Kabbat Zinn, Jack Kornfield et al.

Thank you for recommending i speak to Jericho, la bete. He has sent a very kind and supportive message.

I read your post with interest, Angie. It is reassuring to know there are others who have been in the same position as me, and who have since found a path that suits them.

Thanks again for your time,

Kind Regards,

Hope xx
 
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