1. I might be a deist universalist, does that scare you?

    More and more I find myself drawn to the beauty and simplicity of Buddhism. I think I’m done with explanations and systematic religious apologetics. Because there is less emphasis on the Divine, Buddhism concedes the beauty is in the story of Siddhartha and not so much in its historical authenticity. The theology is in the story. I think this is the way to go. At it’s core, it is a belief in grace, compassion and mindfulness in the present. I believe that to be the core of Christianity at some level, but gets lost in the muck once we start using terms like ‘salvation’ and ‘personal relationships with Jesus.’ The mental gymnastics is becoming too much for me. Truth should be intuitive, implicit and universal - it does not lend itself to convolution.

    I really am done with the explanations. Just be. One of my favorite lessons from buddhism is the notion of nirvana and being completely and fully present in each and every moment. The belief that life is not to be lived in the past or the future, but to be fully experienced in the exact presence of now. Everything, every creature, every tree, every river, we are all in it together, connected and in that present moment - take joy in it.

    Nirvana is this moment seen directly. There is nowhere else than here. The only gate is now… There’s no where to go. There’s nothing else to be. There’s no destination, it’s not something to aim for in the afterlife. It’s simply the quality of this moment. (Jane Hirshfield)

    That’s pretty ace.