Spiritual Journey Essay

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My spiritual journey can be described as a quest. I’m on a quest to discover who I am, what I believe in, and what life can offer. Whether that involves God or another type of spiritual being, I am ready to discover. My journey can be best described as a boat in an ocean. Pema Chodron once said, “Embarking on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands.” In my journey, I plan on visiting ideas, or “islands”, one at a time. Whether I use God or my own network, my spiritual journey will hopefully continue until the day I die. Up until now, I would follow my parent’s religious beliefs. My dad is Catholic and my mom is Methodist. In Lewes, my family would attend Bethel United Methodist Church almost every Sunday. My parents didn’t have a deep connection to the church, but they felt that going to church would be good for the family. Therefore, they would push my sister and I to wake up early on most Sunday’s and bribe us with an IHOP breakfast afterwards. It was always a struggle to wake up so early and to sit for two hours still and quiet. That might be a reason that I still dread going to church today. In seventh grade, I got confirmed into the Methodist Church. At the time, I just thought of it as something that everyone does; I didn’t really know what it meant to be confirmed. To this day, I still don’t know, but I have a better understanding now. I feel that to be confirmed means that you belong to a big group of loving people who want to do good in the world. This group of people looks up to a person bigger than themselves, God, to help them do good. When you’re confirmed, it means that you are now verifying your faith. It seems silly that you have to take an oath in order to be considered a member of God, but that’s the social norm of the church. To me, I don’t feel that it’s very necessary

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