Photo of the day Aug 13, 2011- Reading a book?


Today, a friend of mine posted a comment of Google+ that she was reading a book about vaccinations. I can’t explain the reason why, but whenever someone tells me they are reading a book, I get jealous. Perhaps it is because I ‘think’ I don’t have the time to sit and read. Truthfully, I don’t make the time. I probably read 2 or 3 books a year.

Books take dedication. Time. Concentration. Patience. They also provide a sense of calm, use of imagination, and the opposite experience we get with computers, the internet, and technology, which is always looking for the quick solution, and answer.

Later in the day, my wife and I were looking for a baby names book stashed in a bunch of boxes in the corner of the living room. I came across the book above. It is my wife’s, but I never knew she owned it.

As many of you know, I’m an agnostic atheist. In other words, I am absolutely certain there is no god from what I understand of the world, but can accept that I may be wrong. I live my life as an atheist, and don’t have any need to try and find any other explanation of the creation of human life. I believe I know, and have piece of mind in this belief.

One thing that I have had an interest is called ‘atheistic buddhism’. From my brief look at the topic, buddhism at it’s core is not about what happens before or after life, but deals with living in the now. It has nothing to do with gods, praying, or worship. It deals with, well, I guess I’m going to find out what it is really about…

This really interests me, so tonight I’m going to start reading “Buddhism. Plain & Simple” – The Practice of being aware, right now, every day. – by Steve Hagen

If I become enlightened, I’ll blog all about it… 😉

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2 Replies to “Photo of the day Aug 13, 2011- Reading a book?”

  1. Yes I agree, religious declarations is not very helpful. But knowing how to see today, live today fully that is the nugget. I tend to look for nuggets that pertain to humanity as I understand from personal experience, and skip the religious connotations. And there will be nuggets. Perhaps religion is about who claims those nuggets for copyright.

    1. I like how the book goes into how your perception of reality in the moment is truth. I’m hoping the book sticks to things like truth and fact…

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