Today’s topic in the 30-Day Challenge is Religion. This topic is a biggie and I’m not going to go to in depth with it because I find it to be something very personal and I don’t want to come across as ‘pushing my views’ on anyone because I am not. Everyone has an opinion on the matter and I’m sure everyone’s opinion is different in some way, shape or form.
I believe that one’s religion or spirituality is their own and if they feel strongly about it within themselves, then they don’t have to feel the need to push it on anyone else because their view is the “right” one. We’re all different and our views can each be right in our hearts.
My Religious Background
I grew up Catholic. My parents were not strict, religious parents. But they believed in God and took us to church every Sunday. I hated going to church and would often fall asleep on my mom’s shoulder as a young kid. Church bored me.
I was baptized, had a First Communion and was Confirmed. I attended CCD classes during the week growing up (also dreaded these…8 hours of school is enough!)
Although Church bored me to tears, I believed in God. I had a strong faith deep in my soul and often prayed on my own. I’ve always had a deep sense of knowing that there is much more than life here on Earth. And it’s this faith that really pushes me to be the best person I can be.
I don’t go to church. I stopped going in high school and just go periodically. I’ll go on holidays every once in a while. Other than that, I do not go to church. I’m not against it by any means, but it’s just not something I have sought after at this point in my life.
Just because I don’t go to church doesn’t mean I don’t spend time with God. Whenever I exercise I am in a complete, calm state. I take this time to thank God. I take this time to be completely without judgment and at peace. Exercise is my meditation. It’s the main reason I am so drawn to it. Running is especially meditative to me. Yoga as well.
I consider myself to be more Spiritual than religious. Religion to me seems man-made and full of rules. My faith is deeply personal and I don’t need any set of rules that tell me I am being ‘good’ or ‘bad’. That’s between God and I. So with that, I don’t follow any religion at this point in time. Can that change? Sure. But for now, I am OK with my relationship that I have with God.
Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, both or neither?