I first came across Buddhism in 1974 when I spent time in Thailand at a particularly vulnerable time in my life and for reasons beyond me I felt quite an instant connection. At the time I drank far too much for a 19 year old in an effort to drown past pains which had left me with no sense of identity.
For many years I tended only to rely on my faith at times when life was either painful or difficult but as I’ve grown older and more aware I’ve felt the need to also give back. When life is going well for me it’s important for me to give thanks.
For me Buddhism isn’t religion, it’s a way of life. It’s a simple belief that compassionate and kindness when given is returned, and that has been my experience. The past few months have been extremely difficult for me and very testing but as the rain passes I can again feel the warmth of the sun. Today I give thanks.