Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Did anyone do anything super exciting or fun? My weekend was very relaxing. If you are into comedies, be sure to check out the new movie, Girls Trip. I laughed from beginning to end, and a star was born in Tiffany Haddish. Anyways, as on a typical Monday post, I am going to present a survey dealing with relationships and/or spirituality, and give my commentary on the results.
I have discussed many cities and countries to have a spiritual getaway, but I was curious as to what are some of the most spiritual sites in America. I researched a survey from huffingtonpost.com of The 8 Top Spiritual Sites in America and the list was as follows:
The 8 Top Spiritual Sites in America
1. El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico
2. Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado
3. Bear Butte, South Dakota
4. Amish Country of Northern Indiana
5. Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
6. Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky
7. Islamic Center of Long Island, New York
8. Temple-Tifereth Israel, Cleveland, Ohio
Regardless of your faith or religion, spirituality comes in many forms. There is no specific recipe for what spirituality can or should be, and is a unique experience for each and every person. Several of the locations mentioned are catered to a specific faith, however, all are places that can help you connect to god and your soul. Many of these locations offer classes, events, retreats, programs, lectures, concerts, and instruction for a number of traditions. The architecture of some of these places of worship is extremely beautiful and pays great attention to detail. In all locations, visitors of all faiths are welcome to come, tour, and worship.
I believe that it is positive and even helpful to study or experience the traditions of faiths and spirituality different than your own. I think it provides perspective and helps to lessen judgement. It helps to prevent a feeling of superiority just because someone does not believe the exact same thing as you. I think that belief or mindset is problematic because no one should claim to have all the answers except God. No one man is all knowing and the belief of such is alarmingly arrogant. I personally love to experience things different than what I am used to or accustomed to. I think it helps to make me a more worldly and well-rounded person. Spirituality is a personal experience for everyone, and you should be free to express anyway you like without judgement.