Although I would normally stray away from religion and politics on this blog, I had a really positive experience on Sunday and would like to share some insights. Religion is a touchy subject and has resulted in countless wars and loss of life. At the same time religious practice and spirituality has been the salvation for individuals who have faced incredible obstacles. Atheists, agnostics and secular humanists do not have the burden or the benefit of organized religion.
I believe in God. This belief has helped me through the years by providing a bed rock from which I could be happy and develop relationships with the people around me. I do not attend religious services regularly and am only casually aware of religious holidays. I have read a few religious books. I am terribly ill informed on world religions apart from my own.
On Sunday, I visited the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies. I live about 40 minutes away and it is a non-trivial activity to load up the kids to attend religious services on the one day without school, work, gymnastics, ballet and/or piano. However, I felt a tremendous sense of peace and the kids were very patient for the hour we were there. I would like to make it a regular occurrence.
I don’t know what I expect to gain from the experience. I don’t know what if anything my kids will glean from being exposed to religion. It is more of a pull.