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Renewal (update)

If you have kept up with my blog, then I am sure that you noticed that I did not keep up with my Meditation Challenge for the month of May.  You will have noticed that I stopped on May 18th after posting an article called “Why I stopped meditating: acts of rebellion + intention” and I haven’t blogged since.  Well, there is a reason for why I stopped meditating and blogging and if you read the post on May 18th, you will have a good understanding why this was so. 

I started blogging as a way to educate myself, as a way to show my journey as it progresses and to gain some small bit of happiness and clarity for myself.  Over the course of my meditation challenge, the focus and reasoning of my blogging shifted from sharing my journey and having the aid of others in the cyber world to a chore that I felt like needed to be completed daily.  I didn’t want this to happen.  I didn’t want to meditate for those reasons.  I want to meditate and post on my blog when I feel compelled to do so with the right intention.  I want to blog as often as possible, but at the same time, I don’t want to feel obligated to blog.  The purpose of my blog is not to see how many people will view it a day, as I have started to make it, but for me; solely and 100 percent for me to document my journey, to get others to understand where I am coming from and to aid me in becoming the person that I want to be.

I stopped blogging to come back to the original reasoning for my Christian-Buddhist Journey.  I am finding this journey to be really interesting as I continue to meditate when I feel the need to.  I find this journey to be really interesting as I am building my believes and understanding of the world.  From this point on, I will not have a scheduled time to blog or specific things that I will blog about.  I hope you find understanding and will find the need to aid me as I work through life.

– Meditating doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be more compassionate or loving, it just means you can call yourself a meditator.) (1)

– The very thing I was doing to feel liberated felt confining. (1)

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Thank you…

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of people who have viewed my blog in the past two months.  I began this blog to aid me in my journey to gain inner peace and happiness.  I was a Christian for all of my life.  And though I have Jesus in my life, I have not always been able to see happiness in myself.  With Buddha’s teachings, which so closely reflect the teachings of the Bible, I have been venturing toward a place of happiness.  Tomorrow marks the two month anniversary of the beginning of this journey as well as full moon celebration of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha in several countries.  Thank you all for taking this journey with me.  Below, is a list from my stats page of all the countries and views I have received from March 6th – May 4th.  I hope to continue my journey with you all for many more months and years.  Thank you again…

United States FlagUnited States 178
Canada FlagCanada 56
Sweden FlagSweden 15
Australia FlagAustralia 12
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 9
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 8
Thailand FlagThailand 2
Singapore FlagSingapore 1
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 1
Argentina FlagArgentina 1
Germany FlagGermany 1
Israel FlagIsrael 1
France FlagFrance 1
Ireland FlagIreland 1

Day 4 – May Meditation

Day 4:

Success… I did my 15 minute Chakra meditation today earlier today.  I laid down at the end of my bed in front of my meditation wall hanging with my feet hanging of the edge.  With my eyes closed and focusing on the guided meditation, I successfully quieted my mind and focused on each of the seven chakra areas.  As I focused on each of the area, I could literally feel movement in my gut.  I really felt a peace and calmness throughout my body.

I have been researching more about Anapanasati Meditation for next week.  I am excited to try a different type of meditation.  I am not doing to use a guided video, so hopefully I will be able to concentrate and focus on my breathing all by myself.  For those of you that are doing this challenge with me, I hope you are having success.  I would love to hear how you are meditating and how it has changed your perspective or mood.

97 Oh, how I love your law!
    I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:97-99 (1)

“The secret of happiness lies in mind’s release from worldly ties.” – Buddha (2)

(1) – The Holy Bible. New International Version.

(2) – (1995). Sayings of the buddha. (10th ed.). Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia: Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Day 3 – May Meditation

Day 3:

I had a very long day at work today and didn’t get home until 8:30pm.  I was very tired, but I still took the time to lay down in front of my meditation wall hanging with my feet hanging off the bed to do the chakra meditation.  I had a lot of difficultly remaining focused and concentrating during the meditation. I remember hearing the meditation end, but I just closed my computer, covered up, and went to sleep.  I decided that maybe I should try to complete my meditation earlier in the night, so that I am not so tired.

“Fools wait for a lucky day, but everyday is a lucky day for an industrious man.” – Buddha (1)

(1) – (1995). Sayings of the buddha. (10th ed.). Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia: Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

Day 2 – May Meditation

Reflection of Day 1 and Day 2 of May Meditation…

Day 1:

Today, I began my 30 days of meditation using the Chakra video that I posted on Day 1.  I did the 10 minute Chakra meditation just before I took a shower in order to go in for an interview.  As with most interview, I was quite nervous and could really use a moment to just calm my mind.  I noticed that during most of the meditation session, which is did sitting with my legs crossed (Indian style), I saw a lot of green colors.  In the Chakra table, green is the color of the Heart Chakra.  The Heart Chakra is the area of love and compassion.  I don’t know what this means, but I found it interesting that no matter what color I was suppose to be focusing on, green seemed to be the color of choice.

Day 2:

I had to work all day, but in the evening, I took another 10 minutes to relax and meditate using the Chakra video to guide me.  My legs were hurting so, I laid on the bed in front of my meditation wall hanging and began my meditation.  I laid with my eyes closed and became very relaxed and calmed my mind.  After the 10 minute video was through, I continued to lay in this peaceful moment for another 5 or 10 minutes.  When I got up, I felt so good.  Sometimes you may need that extra minute or two, just don’t fall asleep.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 (1)

(1) – The Holy Bible. New International Version.

Day 1 – May Meditation

Here we are at the first day of the May Meditation Challenge.  I look forward to see how meditation will aid in my daily life.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I know that studies have shown that meditations can help alleviate a variety of health conditions such as anxiety and depression.  Meditation can make a person calmer and happier as it effects brain waves.  This shift in the brain waves aids in decreasing “the negative effects of stress, mild depression and anxiety. There is also less activity in the amygdala, where the brain processes fear” (1). Other key benefits of meditation include increasing concentration, becoming more aware of yourself, and just simply slowing down your body and mind to help you relax.  No matter what your religion, meditation can benefit your spirituality, by benefiting your life.

As stated in an earlier post, I am not properly trained in meditation.  For this reason, I am going to use a guided mediation that helps one focus on specific body areas known as chakras in Vajrayana and Tibetan Buddhism meditation practices.  As I gain the ability to concentrate longer, I will continue my meditation and focus on Theravada Buddhism meditation practices.  These practices include: Anapanasati (focusing on breathing), Metta (cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness), Vipassana (meditation that aids in insight into the true nature of reality), Mahasati Meditation (form of mindfulness meditation that uses body movements to bring about self-awareness), Kammatthana (a complex advance meditation), Samatha (another complex advance meditation used for concentration practices designed to enhance sustained voluntary attention, and culminates in an attention that can be sustained effortlessly for several hours). (2)

The chakra guided meditation that I will begin with is available on YouTube at and attached below.  The chakra meditation is a 10 minute video that aids in being aware of specific body areas of circulating energy from the base of the spine up to the crown of ones head.  It helps in refreshing and energizing ones body.  So, take 10 minutes out of your day today and meditate.

“In this very one fathom long body along with perception and thoughts, I proclaim the world, the origin of the world, the cessation of the world, and the path leading to the end of the world.” – Buddha  (3)

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(3) – (1995). Sayings of the buddha. (10th ed.). Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia: Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia.

What does it mean to be Christian-Buddhist?

I figured the first question many people will have for me is, “What do you mean by you are a Christian-Buddhist?  Don’t you have to be either Christian or Buddhist.  You can’t be both.  Can you?” 

Short answer: I am a Christian who believes in God and Jesus and I also believe that a man who is known as Buddha had a great ability to see the world in a positive way before the time of Jesus.  I can be both Christian and Buddhist easily as Christianity is an established religion (The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods) (1) and Buddhism is a philosophy (The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, esp. when considered as an academic discipline) (2)

As with any religion, there are many differences in each of its members in any given religion.  I believe that there is a God and that he sent Jesus the Christ to the Earth to not only save us from our sins through his sacrifice, but to also give an example of how we were created to live while upon this planet.  Through the testimonies of other human beings, God reveals Himself.  People took their stories, their lives, and their history and placed it into a book that humanity now calls the Holy Bible.  I believe that what the Holy Bible says is true is truth, but of course as within any language, when it is translated into another language and interpreted my human beings, it loses meaning and makes the Holy Bible fallible to a degree.  I believe that God is all-powerful, but do I believe that He is present in our lives, making all things happen.  Well, not necessarily.  I don’t believe that every time a person survives a crises or when an unexplained happening happens, that it was a miracle preformed by God or that it is the power of God.  When I stood by and watched my cousin in a coma for several months while people kept praying for him to get better and the doctors said that he was going to die, was it a miracle that he survived and is functioning somewhat normally today?  Or, is it possible that God created him and the rest of humanity in a way that their bodies can heal on their own or develop their minds through school to become doctors, nurses and other types of healers to deal with injuries?  It is hard to say, but the Bible does say in Matthew, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (3)  When it says this, does this mean that God hand feeds each bird for each meal since they do not store food?  Or, does it mean that he created them in a way, as with the rest of the world, to have the knowledge to migrate when needed in order to find the food that they need to survive.  In the same way, did God not create us in a way to care for our needs, to learn, to grow, to discover?

So, yes… I believe Jesus is the Christ son of the living God, therefore, I am a Christian.  However, is it possible that since Buddha came well before Jesus that he could have understood the concepts of Christianity?  I see Buddhism as yet another path discovered by Buddha before Jesus on Earth existed.  The concepts of Christianity are seen in Buddhism (later posting) though Buddha would most likely had never heard of the Jews and their religion.

My Buddhist believes, as you will see in future postings, come from the ideas of using Buddhism as a form of reaching my ability to be happy, understanding the world around me, using meditation as a form of speaking to God and to use the natural energies of the planet to energize myself.  I believe that my studying Buddhism and the teachings of the Buddha can be a crutch in helping me to become the person that God wants me to be.  The Buddha’s teachings coincide with the person Jesus was and the person that God wants us to be, but that is for another posting.  The Buddha said, “If you find truth in any religion, accept that truth.” (4)  I can be Buddhist and Christian as I see truths in them both.

May God bless you and the Buddha guide you throughout your life…

 Jesus Quote – Matthew 37:37-40 – 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Buddha Quote – “One who serves the sick, serves me.”


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(3) – – New International Version (1984)

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