Starting the conversation …

I’ve been struggling to get my thoughts together. And make sense of my words. I feel hopeless, sad, angry, my heart hurts …

Last week I was in my regular Wednesday morning yoga class where I get to be a student.

As class started my teacher mentioned the recent ugly, violent events taking place in our world. She talked about how many of us feel at a loss of what we can do.

It was the first time I had cried over the the night club shootings at an Orlando night club, two black men who were shot by police, one in Minnesota and the other in Louisiana, and the sniper Dallas police shootings. (It’s scary how many more ugly, violent things have happened since last Wednesday.)

Class was physically challenging. But in the challenging poses we were encouraged to look and find comfort. The practice was not about getting into the pose but about being in the pose.

With all the ugliness lately, which includes hate speech, I feel like I am losing hope.

THE CONVERSATION

But like my readers, who are also likely wondering, as a good, kind, open-minded, loving, caring person I want to know, what can I … Continue reading

I am a good person

I believe in religious rights, which means I believe people can practice or not practice any religion one chooses. I may not agree with your choice. But it is yours. And as long as you don’t try to put your beliefs on me we are cool.

I also believe in the separation of Church and State.

I grew up as a Catholic. I was confirmed at 16. I am now a non-practicing Catholic and have been for about 20 years.

Recently I have been having numerous conversations about what it means to be a Christian.

This really has me thinking and wondering why it is so important for so many to be labeled or to label others as a Christian.

Isn’t a good person a good person regardless of their religious affiliation? Muslims, Jews, agnostics, atheists, Buddhists are among those that are not Christian. I know people who represent all those I just mentioned and they are good, kind, decent, loving people.

I consider myself a Christian and a good person. Those two don’t always go hand in hand.

We live in a world where there is so much cruelty and judgment.

Don’t we all have enough going … Continue reading