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Stallone91

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Has religion/spirituality positively impacted your mental health? How so? I'm thinking about getting involved in religion/spirituality as I found a church that I like and cannot afford therapy or meds to help with my mental health. I need to fill this empty void and meaninglessness/bouncing around in my life in an endless quest for happiness. Can spirituality do that? What are your thoughts/experiences with this?
 
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Religeon can be a great help, not only do you have a god that looks over you, you all so have a comunity of fellows to help you.
I find that having some deity that looks after you is a satisfing feeling, and church can fill an empty spot in ones life.
 
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It seems to help a lot of people cope with life but please understand that experiencing an empty void and sense of meaninglessness is not necessarily a sign of any particular mental health issues. Lots of people will encounter these feelings in their life. Some people will fill the void in unhealthy ways--substance abuse, general addictions to other things like impulse shopping, eating, sex, etc etc...People want to escape from the mundane and the emotional turmoil that life sometimes brings and will find ways to do distract themselves. Religion can be one of these ways if you are so inclined. It does offer a lot of people a sense of contentment. But its not the only way--finding a new career, hobbies, friends, etc...can help fill the void for some..I think the real goal is to find something that is not destructive to you--whether its religion, hobbies, whatever...I took up motorcycle riding a couple decades ago--I call it wind therapy.
 
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Hi Vulcan Spock It is difficult to find anything that can beat going at 90 mph on a motorbike.Safe journeys :love:
 
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Religeon can be a great help, not only do you have a god that looks over you, you all so have a comunity of fellows to help you.
I find that having some deity that looks after you is a satisfing feeling, and church can fill an empty spot in ones life.
thats what I was gonna say. Community can definitely do that. And if the religion is one that positively relate to then that will be a good thing in your life!
 
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Religeon can be a great help, not only do you have a god that looks over you, you all so have a comunity of fellows to help you.
I find that having some deity that looks after you is a satisfing feeling, and church can fill an empty spot in ones life.
Man made god.
 
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Has religion/spirituality positively impacted your mental health? How so? I'm thinking about getting involved in religion/spirituality as I found a church that I like and cannot afford therapy or meds to help with my mental health. I need to fill this empty void and meaninglessness/bouncing around in my life in an endless quest for happiness. Can spirituality do that? What are your thoughts/experiences with this?
In my opinion, Religion poisons the mind.
 
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I'm not sure where I am with this subject at the moment, I mean perhaps regular meditation is helping on some level...

Unfortunately I still haven't been able to break away from a vicious cycle of daily habitual behaviours and addictions that dont exactly contribute towards improvement of my quality of life.

I guess I would require further guidance, the question is where to find it?

By the way I do not consider myself religious or spiritual, so theres that too, nor am I an athiest or agnostic etc.
 
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Hi y,all my thoughts on Ŕeligion are that If you believe in God you will do as your Religious teaching shows you. and benefit from those teachings Many people say they are religious but do not really follow the teachings.I know without doubt God has been there for me all my life.God bless you sll :havingfun:
 
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Spirituality used to play a huge part in my life but after years and years of battling panic disorder and major depression I lost it somewhere along the way. I've realized now that for me it's important to bring it back into my life in order to fully heal. It's giving me something positive to focus on and distracting me from the anxiety/depression monster.....so I consider that a good thing. Maybe it can do that for you? 💜
 
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Yes, I spent most my adult life mindlessly drifting in yolo existentialism then spirituality found me, completely transforming my mental health. It is the meaning of life as far as I'm concerned and has brought me happiness, hopefully endless as I continue my quest for heaven. I do not go to church as I have social anxiety but I have a deep respect for God who told me it suffices to admire creation and the countryside. I enjoyed singing hymns as a kid in school and would not be surprised if you find going to church good for your health.
 
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Hello John Legion you admired the countryside and enjoyed singing hymns when you were a child. How do you think you would feel if you had a real relationship with God :havingfun:
 
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Hello John Legion you admired the countryside and enjoyed singing hymns when you were a child. How do you think you would feel if you had a real relationship with God :havingfun:
What is your relationship with God?
 
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I got my parents to go to church when I was a kid because my friend went and after we left that Presbyterian church i was then raised southern Baptist but as I got older I began to question everything and still do and after perusing several religions I find myself most attracted to non deity buddhism which is really a thing I promise. An atheist Buddhist actually got me into it.
If any of this is coming across judgy or down then it isnt every religion I've experienced has had a positive impact on me and filled a need at various points in my life.
Now I literally cant take anything on blind faith and always have questions thus I'm a natural Agnostic
A confession: I love playing devils advocate in debates about these things and I'm equally good at debating atheism and theism alike ;)
 
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