A quick look up on the internet will tell you ” it is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof ”
My biggest challenge with this definition is that it takes the power away from me or you from being able to influence our future. That just doesn’t sit well with me. Can we influence our fate? I would most certainly like to believe that we can.
While enjoying a delicious latte this morning, I read a wonderful Buddhist article on this exact topic that put into words what I had been thinking but could not quite articulate until now.
When our faith comes from wisdom, insight and understanding, it sets us on a path with fruitful results .
I guess I am not a believer in blind faith. I truly believe that in order to have any influence on our future, we must have a history of putting into certain practices, that which would align us with a certain goal or desire that we see for ourselves in the future. In other words, we have to do the work, be prepared and then pursue our goals. Quoting the definition of faith from my text this morning pretty much solidified that for me;” Faith is the confidence we receive when we put into practice a teaching that helps us overcome difficulties and obtain some transformation. How wonderful to know that we can affect our faith.
Preparing for a presentation is what we should do, attaching ourselves to the outcome is not. So, the goal would be, to prepare for the presentation and have faith that we did our best and be at peace with that.
This may be a difficult concept to absorb because coming short on something you have prepared for will understandably disappoint you but don’t let it derail you. When we are steadfastly focused on one goal, we tend to miss the opportunities around it. Sometimes, we focus on goals that someone else has set for us. Sometimes we haven’t really given much thought to what it is that will make us happy. Being open to the possibilities brings us closer to founding out what will truly make us happy.
We relinquish any attachment to the outcome because if we know we tried our best, we must learn that that is enough.
Ideally, if I can combine both of these definitions, I would say that having faith is being empowered that with proper and diligent practice, we have the ability to reflect change in our future and trust that God will guide us along the way.
Now this is something I can work with! xo
Based on one of the Five Powers, Faith. Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh.