On Religion

These are my thoughts, and if you have a problem with this subject, please don’t read.

I think that religion is something that people find comfort in… And that if a certain religion doesn’t resonate with you, then you should find one that does.

For the longest time I was taught the Mormon religion, because my grandma was Mormon… While there is nothing wrong with that religion, it never fit comfortably with me. I was constantly confused and questioning myself and my view on life. I never found comfort in that religion. My mom is Taoist and my dad is Buddhist, and those religions (philosophies) rang a bit truer to me, so I decided to explore both of them.

Whenever someone asks me what religion I am, I always say Buddhist. While I don’t fully have a grasp on the Taoist philosophy, the Buddhist philosophy seems a bit too… I don’t want to say conforming, but since it’s the only word I can think of right now, I’m going to use that.

All-in-all, a religion should be something that you find comfort in and something that you believe in. If your religion doesn’t resonate with you, then explore one that does. We all deserve to be happy with what we believe in, and one religion doesn’t fit all. Just like one religion isn’t above another. In the end, all religions have the same fundamental building blocks.

Passionate

One thing that makes me that makes me extremely happy is doing things that I’m passionate about, and finding new things that I’m passionate about. It’s always exciting to sit down and write, or take pictures, or flip through boxes of records because it’s what I’m passionate about.

A lot of people who I’ve come into contact with think that you should have only one or two things that you are passionate about and not have those things change. However, I don’t think that’s true. If you have many things that you are passionate about and that make you happy, then awesome!

I love it when people talk about something that they are passionate about, like playing the guitar or their knowledge on the Qin dynasty. I love to see how animated people get when they talk about the things that they love, it makes me happy.

 

3 Common Crystals

  • Citrine – Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. Gives energies of good luck and good fortune, thought these may seem in unexpected ways. This stone is well-known in crystal work as a success and prosperity stone (success stone), and is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas, in many ways. (Also known as the Merchant’s Stone.)
  • Rose Quartz – Rose Quartz is known as the love stone. It helps the user feel a strong sense of self-worth, there for being worth love. Rose Quartz is the universal stone for love. It gives off gentile vibrations of love for the owner. This stone brings inner peace and helps in all matters pertaining to love in all its forms; helps open the heart to love and helps as a rejuvenation to skin.
  • Amethyst – Amethyst helps aid for a deeper mediation and helps with insomnia. It is a versatile stone and can be used to reduce headaches and swelling. Amethyst helps cleanse the aura and balances the physical and emotions bodies by linking them to the spiritual body. (Will fade in direct sunlight.)

8 Reasons To Be Happy

There’s an infinite amount of reason to be happy in this beautiful world. Today, I’m going to share 8 of mine!

  1. Laughing with friends – laughing is a great stress reliever, even if you only laugh for a couple of moments, and laughing with (not at) good company is always a bonus.
  2. Changing Seasons – To me, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling the weather breaking on the first day of autumn, or having the first warm afternoon in the beginning of spring.
  3. The soft white noise sound on old records – Soft jazz, and even swing music, with that soft crackle in the background always makes happy, even if it means the record is damaged a bit.
  4. The feeling after a good run – I love to run, most people think I’m crazy, but I love running… and the feeling after a good run? Priceless.
  5. Sunflowers – Sunflowers are just happy plants. They always remind me of summer back in the town that I grew up (mostly) in…
  6. Hugs – I’m that type of person that likes their personal bubble and space, but I will break my rule for hugs.
  7. Wrapping up in a big hoodie with a cup of tea – I mean, do I really have to explain this one?
  8. Knowing that no dream or idea is ‘too big’ to accomplish – I do admit, I have some pretty big dreams, and I know personally that if I work hard, I will meet those dreams head on and you can too.

I remember a few weeks ago, I was helping my mom stuff envelops for her friends City Council campaign. My mom stamped the letters while I stuffed the envelops, stuck stamps on, and licked the envelops closed. It doesn’t take long before you lose all taste and only start tasting envelop glue… and I remember saying “At least I don’t have to lick the stamps, too.” There is always a reason to be happy, no matter what the circumstance.

Maybe you and your significant other broke up. Fine, you don’t need them if they don’t love you. Maybe you just failed a quiz. That’s okay, now you know what you need to study.

Even if you can’t possibly see what is good about the situation, just remember, everything happens for a reason, and hey, you’re still breathing.  You still woke up on this beautiful day.

“Look up, now look down. Down has an ending. Always look up.” ~ Mod Sun

Thoughts On “How To Be Compassionate” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I’ve been reading “How To Be Compassionate” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a while now. It’s not that big of a book, but it’s a lot to comprehend… I like to message it brings across (that we should all show compassion), and I agree with some things that are said in the book, but not others.

The Dalai Lama says that when we get attached to things, we exaggerate the goodness of it, which is, in reality bad. He states that we, humans, shouldn’t do that. To reach a higher state a being, we should not have material attachments (friends, money, houses, etc.). “We enter this world alone, and we leave this world alone.”

I think that having friends is a good things, because they can teach us to be better people. Now, for the attachments on houses and money and cars… That could be a bad thing because we then build our lives around these things and what happens if they are ripped away from us? With friends, if they are really, truly friends, they won’t care what you look like or what you have, they will like you for you.

Another thing that Dalai Lama states is everything is interdependent. In other words, this means that everything is interconnected. (Karma, so to speak.)

I personally think that this means that we are all connected, the animals, the plants, all of us. I think that it means that our actions are all connects (what happens to you affects you and other people, and vis-versa, if that makes sense).

I haven’t finished the chapter, so I’m not 100% sure what he means by all of this.

“Your choices will change the world.” ~ ?

What we do in this life will affect what happens in our next life.

51 Best Things In Life

  1. Sunshine
  2. Good coffee (and tea)
  3. Growing plants Watching plants grow makes me happy, because I love seeing things grow and just be happy living basically.
  4. Record shopping
  5. Writing
  6. My friends
  7. Smiling
  8. Sunflowers
  9. Organizing De-cluttering and organizing are two of my favorite past times.
  10. Reading (and books)
  11. The feeling you get after reading a good book
  12. Making people smile and laugh I love to make people laugh and smile, and I love when other people laugh and smile. It warms my heart knowing that for those two seconds or minuets or however long it is, that I made them happy.
  13. My family
  14. Meditation
  15. Making connection  When you make connections with things you learned, past experiences, or with people. That’s always an amazing experience.
  16. The feeling you get after yoga (or a good workout)
  17. Helping other people
  18. Mod Sun Whenever I hear Mod Sun, I cannot not smile. Plus, the things he has to say about life and living life are amazing.
  19. Jazz music
  20. Knowing that no dream is ever ‘too big’
  21. Following your dreams
  22. Making good memories
  23. Nature
  24. Self confidence
  25. Clearing out the negativity Getting rid of everything negative, whether that be people, thoughts, events, whatever, is great.
  26. Making it yours Putting your own twist on something and making it your is fun.
  27. Live music
  28. Fall weather
  29. Giving back
  30. Learning
  31. Chinese food
  32. Motivation When you have motivation, see something motivational, or receive verbal motivation from someone is always one of the best feelings in the world.
  33. Hugs
  34. Chocolate
  35. Being there for someone
  36. Traveling to new places
  37. Passing a hard test
  38. My dog
  39. Meeting new people
  40. Making new friends
  41. Having good conversations with people and knowing that they understand When you have a conversation with someone and you know that they understand what you’re talking about, and vise versa.
  42. Dancing
  43. Donating
  44. Letters I love to write letters and receive letters, but sadly in this day-and-age that doesn’t happen anymore.
  45. Running downhill
  46. Laughing with your best friend
  47. Finding something that your passionate about
  48. The smell of rain
  49. Dreaming (while your asleep or awake)
  50. Making lists or writing things down I love making lists and when my ideas just flow
  51. The Universe and everything in it.

If you want to make a list like this, I encourage you to do so. You can send it to me on Instagram (@katelynn_ryanne) or through twitter (@katelynnrs) Whatever you like in life, write it down and acknowledge that it’s here. When you acknowledge that those good things are here, more of those good things attract to you (it’s call the Law of Attraction).