Seems appropriate to include a photo of a Buddhist temple in this article. One
thing I’ve always admired about Buddhism is that rather than simply
telling people what not to do (Thou Shalt Not…), it actually provides
strategies and tools to help people deal with unhealthy desires (sin) in a way
that doesn’t require one to believe they are no good (original sin). Actually sounds more like a healthy psychology than a religion, come to
think of it.
If it wasn't for the 7 deadly sins the US wouldn't have a government
or way of life in this country. The 7 deadly sins are the motivation of life in
the US.I don't think when people make new years resolutions
that anyone thinks of any deadly sins, it all about reinforcing their need to
keep sinning and repeating they only life they know.This is the
political code of conduct and ethical forms they defend with laws promoting
it.There is no such thing as temptation in the US, its our way of
life and laws in business, citizens, and governments at every level of power.
Even religions have succomed to greed and lust for power with its campaign of
solicitation of money and material needs to reap the charity they live by.
Charity has become subjective beggars who just reap and don't give.
My2Cents suggests that every resolution is just a way to get fatter, lazier,
angrier, prouder and more lustful in every way. Every charity is just a way to
consume more without giving anything to anyone and all political and business
aims are designed to do more of the same.Yet he spouts his
bitterness on a free-board provided by a church-owned business in a country that
grants freedom of speech while surrounded by thousands of people going or coming
from missions to help others and a church that unites with others to bring clean
water to Africa... and etc.And all those people trying to eat less
or exercise more, or just be a little nicer, or who are always looking for ways
to help and love their wives and children a little better... they are all doing
it for evil purposes?Is the landscape that bleak? Try
to see good in the world. Some people really are good, honest, hard working,
caring, helpful, reasonable, humble, thoughtful, kind and unselfish.Successful resolutions begin by believing they are possible. Begin by
focusing on anything virtuous, lovely or praiseworthy. Give it time. It will
work. Be the change.
This article contained some notable insights and deserves thoughtful
consideration. Resisting temptation and repenting when you succumb are essential
to happiness. Prayer is the key to resisting temptation in all its forms. Good
music is like a prayer (D&C 25:12); Elder Packer urges us to use it to
overcome temptation. Scripture reading and meditation are akin to prayer, too.
Another thing I have found valuable is participation in 12-step groups, like the
Church's Addiction Recovery Program. There we learn that we often give in
to temptations to mask painful feelings, some stemming from hurts experienced as
children. A better way to deal with them is to enlist the help of our loving
Heavenly Father to uncover their source and release them through forgiving those
who hurt us. We also need to forgive ourselves. As we share these insights with
others, we feel better about ourselves, more attached to our family and faith
communities, and become less inclined to numb the pain through self-indulgence.
I believe this is how faith in God can transform our lives and renew our
relationships. New year's resolutions can be more successful if they are a
part of that process.