No labels

Good morning! (or whenever it is)

Lately, I’ve been studying spiritual teachings and practices. I’ve been very drawn to Buddhist teachings. Buddhism is an actual, full religion for many, but I find the individual teachings to be amazing and practical in day-to-day life. In many ways, Buddhism is just a guide for how to be a good person.

I’ve also taken a modified practice of puja from the Hindu religion, and one of my favorite lessons – to not have pointless arguments – comes originally from the Christian Bible (although I’ve since found it reiterated in both the Buddhist teachings and just from the wisdom of elder people).

All of this is to say that I have no interest in labels. Previously, I’ve tried to put labels on myself, but they all seem to restrict me. In the past, I’ve lived as a Vegan, a Methodist, a Tutor, a hardcore Student, a Homesteader, and several other things, I’m sure. While all these things did fit what I was doing at the time, they didn’t allow for much growth once I labelled them. And if I ever did anything that didn’t fit within the label, I felt badly about it. The entire idea of labelling things is ridiculous anyway. When we learn, we naturally expand, contract, and change. On the other hand, labels are static and unchanging.

I have no idea what will happen in the future, but for now at least, I want to renounce all labels, and I sincerely hope I remember this lesson.


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