Week 52: Living Religiously

Purposelessness


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Living Religiously

Living religiously is living in harmony with the divine. We may see the divine as the highest good and the most important values; life’s central concerns. Each of the values in this model is a part of it. A person who lives this way, armed with the foundations of dignity
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Calling

A sacred calling is a person’s sense of being drawn into the life activity that best fulfills the person’s commitment to the most meaningful thing(s) in the person’s life. It expands on commitment fidelity in that it relates to whatever the person holds as divine, or of highest importance and
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Ineffability

Suffering, cheerfully endured, ceases to be suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy. [Mohandas Gandhi, October 13, 1921] . . . those rare souls whose spirit gets magically into the hearts of men, leave behind them something more real and more warmly personal than bodily presence . . .
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Purpose

As a young man, I had a vision of how life might be – how I wanted it to be. I made some choices, sacrificing some things for other things, with a wordless conviction that the path of my life would be in pursuit of that vision. I could have
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Direction

The intellectual component of the sacred anchor is direction: the rules by which we live. Many people omit this from their conception of the sacred or religious life, mentioning only meaning and purpose but I propose that the intellectual component, direction, is essential. It may not be as satisfying emotionally
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Meaning

A conception or vision of the sacred is an anchor and a means of orientation as we navigate through life. In the emotions, that anchor is a sense of meaning. “What does my life mean, and why does my life matter?” These are the questions at the heart of meaning.
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Sacredness

Every thinking person must be filled with wonder and awe just by looking up at the stars. [Albert Einstein] For a Humanist and scientific naturalist, the palpable reality of life is sacred; and if all life ceased, the laws of nature that generated life in the first place would have
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