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Do not believe in anything (simply) because you have heard it.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything (simply) because it is found written in your religious books.

Do not believe in anything merely on authority of your teachers and elders.

But after observation and analysis, when you find that it agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

~ Gotama Buddha

Link: Charlottesville Group on Naturalistic Spirituality and Enlightenment

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Buddhism

· belief · understanding · reason · experience · tradition

Spirituality leaps where science cannot yet follow, because science must always test and measure, and much of reality and human experience is immeasurable. 

~ Starhawk

Link: ThinkExist

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Contemporary Paganism

· science · spirituality · human experience

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything 

Category: Inspirational images

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· happiness · possessions · experience

Innovation

I invite you to close your eyes, and think of a time that you tried something new. Maybe the first time you rode a bike, or your first kiss, or the first time you tried a type of food that you were convinced you didnt like. Maybe it was the first time you tried a new spiritual practice: meditation, or visualisation, or prayer, or elaborate ritual. Maybe it was when you did something scary, like capsizing a canoe or doing a parachute jump. Try to remember how it felt before you did it. Were you scared, resisting, apprehensive, hesitant? Was there someone there to help you get over your fear? What did they do? Were they supportive and kind, or did they push you into it being cruel to be kind? Try to remember how it felt while you were doing it. When did fear change to pleasure? If it did what kind of pleasure was it? Quiet satisfaction or wild exhilaration? Now try to remember how it felt afterwards. Did you want to do it again? Did it make you more willing to try new things? Did it change how you felt about yourself? [pause] Hold the memory of these feelings in your mind. When you are ready, open your eyes and return to the present and your companions here.

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Dance of the elements

Category: Meditations and reflections

Tradition: Unitarian

· meditation · Unitarian · daily · spiritual practice · Yvonne Aburrow · change · experiment · experience