I keep putting this off, mostly because I’ve been scared, but that’s really a crutch, so I’m going ahead. (Actually, the main block was that I couldn’t think of a good name, so that’s really more vanity than anything else.)
Last September, I stopped going to church. Well, actually, I’d stopped a long time before that, mostly because I haven’t felt connected to Christianity in quite a while. I love the Episcopal Church, as churches and Christian denominations go. I was raised in it, so it makes a lot of sense to me still.
However, some of the main parts of what it means to be Christian were no longer things I believed in. I realized it’s been a long while since I believed in those things, and that there were other things I believed in that I’d always believed in. Like reincarnation and the all-gods-are-one thing.
Shortly after making a conscious decision to look for something else, I started practicing Sanatana Dharma (aka Hinduism). We visited the Atlanta Hindu Temple, and I’ve been reading voraciously since then. I’ve made connections with several Western Hindu bloggers, and that’s helped. But it has still taken me this long to “come out” about it, mostly because of that Christian upbringing, but also because I don’t want to come off as a flake.
That doesn’t matter so much to me at this point.
What I believe is a deep part of me, no matter what label you put to it. However, after reading the Himalayan Academy’s description of the core beliefs of each of the major world religions, it became clear to me that Hinduism is a good fit.
And now I’m documenting it, as an effort to articulate what inspires me and what challenges I’m facing. I understand that this is the beginning of a long journey, and I’m excited to see what it brings.