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At a stage in my life where I am a Christian -- a struggling Christian -- on the verge of accepting that I may no longer be able too keep up the façade for much longer. If I renounce my faith I lose the vast majority of my friends and my fiancée.

I've always felt drawn to Buddhism and though I've never been diagnosed(I'm pretty sure it's incredibly difficult to accurately diagnose in adults as well), I'm pretty sure I have ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder) and meditation is the only thing I've found, ever, to stop my mind dead from running a million miles an hour. It's utter bliss and so hard to put in to words. My mind normally questions and considers things and then breaks them down and goes over and over and over every possible eventuality, so it can be pretty exhausting. It was ultimately what sowed the seeds of doubt in my mind that were inescapable that have lead me here.

I have a lot about my character that I'd like to address -- inward and outward -- so I am looking forward to learning both how to cope with various things myself but also how I can be a positive and joyful person to others.

I look forward to meeting you all.
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Welcome!
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SDC wrote:Welcome!
Thank you :) That was fast!
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I'm married with children --- Saturday nights aren't what they used to be. :tongue:
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Welcome to DW!

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David N. Snyder wrote:Welcome to DW!

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Thank you :)
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A warm welcome to you!

Hope we can learn a lot from each other :smile:

Ryan
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Hello Wanderer,

Welcome :namaste:
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Welcome to DW Wanderer, stick around :anjali:
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Welcome!

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Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you experience a little peace. If you let go a lot, you experience a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggle with the world will have come to an end.

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Thanks all! :)
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:hello:
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People usually are not ready to accept some changes in others. Isn't it ridiculous you have to lose a friend because you have decided to become buddhist?
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There's no reason you can't be both. I still consider myself a Christian, and I definitely believe in God(through an actual experience that I had). I agree about Buddhist meditation. It has helped me a ton with my anxiety, along with other aspects of Buddhism as well. Btw, welcome!

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Jim
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nekete wrote:People usually are not ready to accept some changes in others. Isn't it ridiculous you have to lose a friend because you have decided to become buddhist?
Most of my friends are conservative Evangelical Christians. As far as they are concerned it's pagan practice. Even yoga unless it's purely for physical fitness(which is often shady to most too).

I am more concerned about losing my fiancee. I can understand why my beliefs changing would affect that. She's a devout Christian and wants her husband to be as well.

So I'll just have to see how that plays out.
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