I love writing. It’s so cathartic to form my experiences into words and images that other people will be able to relate to and learn from.
But writing often takes me to uncomfortable places. Sometimes it’s because I need to dissect my own journey. This happened with Picking Up Grace. I used my experiences with depression, anxiety and the loss of an unborn child to give authenticity to my character’s struggles with drug addiction and everything else she endures. It was a difficult ride, but one that continues to bless me. I am a better person for having written that book.
Other times, rather than directing the paths of my characters, it is they who pull me down their paths and into new and frightening territories.
Right now my characters are taking me down the path of Buddhism. It’s part of their journey, so who am I to argue with them? My protagonist will eventually find her way back to Jesus and I’m going to stress the correlations between the teachings of Buddha and those of Christianity. All the while walking that fine line between secular and Christian fiction and trying to not go too far into either realm.
It’s a tall order, but I accept the challenge and I’m excited to see where this story will go.
I have studied Buddhism as part of my Christian Studies degree (but I wouldn’t consider taking a few classes as comprehensive learning by any means) and I have practiced yoga for years. The Dalai Lama says that one does not need to be a Buddhist to practice Buddhism, because the teachings are more of a philosophical nature, rather than a religious or spiritual one. I believe this with my whole heart.
Even so, I enter into this new journey with a bit of trepidation, but I know the Lord will be with me every step. And in six months I hope to know a bit more about the fascinating world of Buddhism, while at the same time having gained a deeper understanding of Christianity.
So fair warning my gentle readers, I am creating a new Category on this blog: Buddhism and Eastern Philosophies. I hope you will join me on my journey, trusting that I will always relate my teachings back to the Truth we have in Jesus Christ.