I don't believe in God or a Higher Power, and none of the others fit so I didn't vote, but in case it helps you--I know it'll help me to try articulating it:Some of you might not like this, but I'm only going to have one option. The question is what drives you? Although the emotion might not always be sustained, we all have a worldview of sorts that inspires us to be the best person we can be. Best, of course, is a relative term. What's best is subjective to each individual person. While some might believe there are objective measurements for life success, those metrics cannot be forced on us. Thus, or happiness is subjective based on our personal values in life. These values can be altruistic, but they might be self-absorbed too. Either way, we all have something that drives us, even if it doesn't seem like anything.
Added: I made this poll anonymous so can you could be honest.
So you live for yourself, which would be "Myself. I live for me and enjoying all I can."I don't believe in God or a Higher Power, and none of the others fit so I didn't vote, but in case it helps you--I know it'll help me to try articulating it:
To deconstruct the constructs, what some call brainwashing, others 'socializing' so I can see whatever comes up inside or outside me more clearly, for what it is, rather than what I was led to believe was there, should be there--and if it wasn't there (inside or outside me) the flaw had to be with my vision, not what I was taught.
So I'm practicing the Dharma, focus on Vipassana meditation, using the breath as my object of concentration to calm my mind, because with a jumpy mind I'm not gonna be seeing anything for what it is--just jumping to the future (where I hope to be) or back into the past (where something hurt too much) or hearing some landscaper outside and feeling irritated he's weed-whacking while I'm trying to meditate.
Noticing all of that... but not "following it" down the rabbit hole as some would say, getting stuck rather than little by little untying the Gordian knot that took so long to tangle:
That is what drives me:
Breaking on through to the other side, i.e. Reality.
I know I won't make it, of course but damn, it's a good Goal.
I can see how you'd think that but no; I use Dharma Practice for the work I'm doing--and Metta Exercise?So you live for yourself, which would be "Myself. I live for me and enjoying all I can."
Basically, you do all this because you think it's real. No point in wasting time if there's meaning behind it@Parrot
The only way I've heard Higher Power used is a euphemism for God (an Entity) and in 12-Step programs it often leads the unwilling to the Entity some "choose to call God" while others stick with Higher Power but mean, essentially, the same thing, sans a lot of Christian dogma.
Are you defining Higher Power differently? If so, be precise, then I got a better chance of answering that accurately for what I am exploring, because "what I believe" is part of the deconstruction process, central to the "clear it away" part of Dharma practice.
And "spirituality" is another euphemism, maybe messier, less precise than Higher Power, so I'd have to know what you mean by that, too.
You know the phrase, "Let's define our terms"? Often, it's not a case of "mere semantics."