I was raised without particular religion and blessed to have a family who encouraged me in seeking my own path from a young age. I have been a wide-eyed and openhearted being who has been pondering the questions about the higher meanings of What Is for as long as I can remember. I ultimately see forms of spirituality/religion/personal awareness in this world as languages. I believe that on the purest level, the most sincere feelings of spiritual connection are recognizing the same truths. It is just that we have manifested different pictures and words to describe what we know to be. Sometimes these pictures become distorted and impure, and this is where hatred, discrimination and fear come in.
What has been speaking to me lately has been the language and philosophical angles of Buddhism. I have also been known to label myself as Pagan. My cultural background is Jewish and I recognize and honor the richness of this heritage and its' traditions, and in recent years have begun to be more cogniscent and observant of some of the very rituals, such as Yom Kippur, which seem to go very well with my general buddhist outlook. All in all, I'm not entirely comfortable with labeling myself as I am looking to go beyond limitations and continue to expand. I guess, if I am going to be Buddhist about this I could say that I accept all of these labels, and I also know that no one label can define me. Ican be all these things and more.
In joining this community, I look forward to connecting with people who share the path of the spiritual seeker. Some of you will speak my "language". Others may have different angles, points of view and philosophies. I am looking forward to learning from all of you, expanding my horizons and connecting.