May 12, 2018 at 5:20 am #129991
minorvarietyParticipantMay 12, 2018 at 5:20 amPost count: 1
Very well said. I threw up Protestant I went to a Congregational Church and I never really got into it. I remember my parents force me to go and it was awful. But since I have found God myself I go to Assembly of God Church. It’s Pentecostal. It has been life-changing. I see where you’re coming from though. My problem is that my doctor took me off of my medications and told me I need to get a different Med provider and I feel so lost. He just put me on Strattera and Lexapro and I am so tired from taking it. I just want to go back to my old meds. Church is great though. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure of it. God bless you!REPORT ABUSEAugust 1, 2018 at 3:09 am #131077
jlacroixParticipantAugust 1, 2018 at 3:09 amPost count: 7
I have the exact same problem, but I am not a Christian, but rather a Buddhist. Actually, I don’t feel that Buddhism is a religion, but many people do, so I thought I’d share my (similar) experience.
Anyone that knows anything about Buddhism knows that meditation is very important, especially for mindfulness. But sitting still to meditate is hard to do, if I can even make myself do it at all. I find that meditation is very helpful to me when I can do it, and I do enjoy it, but concentration is a major problem. In addition, I don’t read as much about Buddhism as I want to, because again, I have trouble paying attention. The only way I get around this is by listening to audiobook versions while jogging. Right now, in fact, I want to read one of my Buddhism books but find myself browsing this forum instead.
So similar issue, but different religion.REPORT ABUSESeptember 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm #131210
changenamebeforetalksmackParticipantSeptember 18, 2018 at 6:01 pmPost count: 1
Perhaps this may sound nuts to read; it’s fit and natural to question your faith.REPORT ABUSE
I’m Anglo-Catholic; “twice the incense, half the guilt”, someone once quipped. Two mass lituriges used are from the Book of Common Prayer, and the Book of Alternative Services. No Latin.
But I get it. The liturgical dance can become a snorefest if not done right. From lack of uniformity when raising the host or genuflecting, to very unstimulating homilies. It’s very arduous to focus on what’s being said, even be it a lesson or gospel reading. This sense of shame (nee guilt) and low self-opinion have been with me for as long as I can remember, though not one single incident can be cited which would have caused these false perceptions. A kick-ass coach advised on how one can become aware of these perceptions (not feelings), through mindfulness meditation.
This past Sunday in the church calendar was Holy Cross. Now, dare I imbue guilt by saying that God as described in the Gospel, sacrificed His son to save the world. But that wasn’t quite the focus of the service. I canted Psalm 42, verse 6: “Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul? And why art thou so disquieted within me?” Yeah, it was tough to keep it together through the next and final verse before canting the Gloria. “Oh put thy trust in God…”. One of the intercessions was an ask to turn shame into thankfulness and praise. Yeah, I somewhat lost my shit there, too. Noticed at the end that I wasn’t the only one wrestling with a demon.
I’m reading articles about this: Jesus said to go into your “inner room and shut your door” in secret to pray to the Father. In other words, “shut up”, i.e., “meditate”. Headspace.com offers decent and free audio files for mindfulness meditation. “Put your trust in God” – Well, obvioiusly. Morever, put your trust in yourself; the only difference between you and the priest is a ring around the collar.
Keep Going.November 22, 2018 at 9:01 pm #131337
aussiegirlParticipantNovember 22, 2018 at 9:01 pmPost count: 1
Does the bible comfort you? Does spending time considering creation comfort you? Personally, I find the reminder in Matthew 10:29-31 helpful sometimes (there’s a stack more, but it was the first one that came to mind – and my memory isn’t that great, I looked it up). If you want something to get you by while you’re looking at options, and you don’t want to talk to any pushy people, JW.org has a searchable site with articles and videos, and there’s an app, JW library, with the same. Which means you don’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t want, and if you don’t like it, you can delete it (it’s free). Hope this helps (it has for me)REPORT ABUSE
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