Podcast: A Man’s Journey from A Born Again Believer to Buddhism

 

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In today’s podcast I interview Dr. Jay Forrest about his journey of faith.  Dr. Forrest has a weekly podcast and blog called Five Minute Dharma where he helps others grow mentally and spiritually through the teachings of Buddha.  He also explains that Buddhism is not a religion as much as it is a philosophy and form of psychology.  However, the former pastor has been on quite the journey to get there!

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I took a walk with Jesus & Buddha and they told me to tell you this one simple truth!

LoveYourselfSignI consider myself to be a huge hypocrite!  Seriously, according to Merriam-Webster.com, hypocrisy is “The behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do:  behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.” And by that definition I qualify as a card-carrying member of hypocrisy.

I’m not talking about being a hypocrite in that I have some dark and “sinful” lifestyle, and I teach others to live a life of purity.  I’m talking about the fact that, for the most part, I see the good in others.  I honestly like most people who I meet, and believe greatness lies within them.  And I have no problem encouraging others by pointing out their good qualities through compliments, kindness, and compassion. However, I have trouble being encouraging, kind, and compassionate to myself!  I tend to focus on my shortcomings and flaws, and at times say very harsh things to MYSELF.  Yes I talk to myself, and at times even have arguments!  I am admitting to you that I have trouble caring for and accepting myself.  What about you?  My guess is that many of you share my problem of easily practicing self-rejection, but difficulty with self-love.

Every great spiritual leader has taught the importance of loving and accepting yourself.  Jesus said we are to love others as we love ourselves.  Most may believe that He was saying we already love ourselves; so we should love others as well. Actually, He was teaching us that in order to truly love others as they need to be loved…we need to learn to love ourselves. And Buddha taught it like this, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” And I really enjoy the following paragraph taken from Abundance Tapestry:

Buddha observes, “you can travel around the world to search for someone more lovable than yourself, and yet that person is never to be found.” In other words, the search is not external but internal. You first find it from within. To love the self is to be in continuous connection with your true essence. You learn to accept, appreciate and affirm who you are.

I have given you enough to digest today, but let me encourage you to focus on the above spiritual thoughts today.  You and I need to begin loving ourselves as we would like others to love us (((rewind))) You and I need to begin loving ourselves as we would like others to love us.  Be compassionate and caring with yourself, and begin to fully accept yourself.  The more I accept myself (faults and all) the healthier I become spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Who Love Ya?

Tony Russell

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