"Hi David and Others. I'm a newbie to this site...but a several year member of a larger atheist, freethinker, agnostic organization where I live. I never had much luck or emotional connection to prayer even when I was involved with the religion…"
"I love Yoga. It may sound cliche, but stick to it for a while and you may be surprised just how calming and oddly uplifting it can be. I really like Power Yoga (with Bryan Kest) and for a video, it's incredible and pretty good exercise, too.…"
"I imagine myself talking to the best of all possible humans, who understands and really wants to listen.
Doesn't matter that, the human doesn't exist.
Then, I try and become the human that other's might want to talk to and in a…"
When I went through my agnostic period in my 20's and early 30's I'd catch myself hoping or wishing to some higher power to help solve some problem or situation in my life. Over time I learned that was total waste of time.…"
"This is all wonderful advice..thoughtful and honest. This is what discussion boards should be! Thank you so much for your thoughts. I believe your ideas will have a positive impact on how I move forward.
"You don't need a substitute; just an understanding of what prayer is. Prayer, meditation, keeping journals, contemplation, etc. are forms of talking to one's self. So, do some form(s) of talking to yourself about whatever you need or want…"
"I am fortunate in having being godless for so long - I do not relate to prayer. I do mindful meditation from time to time and being in nature is also a good way to feel connected to earth. You could open yourself to the universe - nothing…"
"Daniel, as usual, has excellent points and suggestions. Try spending time in our own head. You'd be suprised what a fascinating place it can be. Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen. Learn to do something you're convinced you can't…"
It's an excellent question. You'll probably get many answers.
It seems to me that prayer is a way of being fully in the moment, excluding all else. For different people, that will mean different things. For years, I went hiking on…"
I've become an atheist within the last few years and find the only thing that I still struggle with is the comfort that prayer used to bring me. In good times I go on my happy non-theist way and know how silly it is to speak to someone who's not there. But in very dark times, like recently, I still feel the urge to have a kind of private meditation and express my pain, wishes, and fears, even though I know there is no god. So, I stop and remain uncomforted.Has anyone else experienced this loss,…See More