BellaOnline, Belief-o-Matic, Contagious Happiness, Interfaith Calendar
With the holidays coming up, I thought I would just do a misc. post with some little things that might be of interest.
First of all, I wanted to mention that I have recently become the new Buddhism site editor for BellaOnline. BellaOnline is the second-largest women’s site on the web (in terms of traffic), and the only major one not commercially owned. All the writers and management are volunteers, including each of the site editors for their 400+ topics. Although I am still officially in training, I have posted my first two articles, and will be adding at least an article a week going forward, as well as revamping the various site categories and external links. If you are interested in Buddhism, check it out at http://www.bellaonline.com/site/buddhism, or check out some of the other articles in the Religion and Spirituality category.
I will of course continue to post here on more general spiritual topics, especially on issues of women’s spirituality, women mystics, motherhood and spirituality, spiritual books, and meditation.
Ok, now for fun. If you are interested in having your faith tested (literally), consider taking Beliefnet’s Belief-O-Matic quiz. This funky test asks you 20 religious/spiritual questions regarding your beliefs (or lack of), practices, and views on certain social issues. Based on your answers, it spits out a list of practically every major religion and spiritual tradition there is (and some I am not so sure exist) and tells you what percentage of your answers matched each one. The idea is to match you with traditions most compatible with you.
In the interest of disclosure, I will tell you my top and bottom five:
1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. New Thought (96%)
3. New Age (94%)
4. Scientology (94%)
5. Mahayana Buddhism (94%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (19%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (19%)
25. Roman Catholic (19%)
26. Seventh Day Adventist (15%)
27. Jehovah’s Witness (6%)
The bottom five were not a surprise, as they represent the most conservative Christian religions. However, I was surprised to find out I was a Neo-Pagan, and a potential Scientologist! I think the interfaith nature of my beliefs contributed to that. The last time I did this test, Mahayana Buddhism was number one, which makes the most sense to me, although I think this time the question weighting system they recently introduced changed my results, because I rated reincarnation questions as lower in relevance. Anyway, it does make you think.
Another interesting thing to check out is a recent study reported in Time magazine on the contagious nature of happiness. Leave it to social scientists to prove what seems perfectly obvious to anyone involved in consciousness fields. But this is interesting to me because it is a tangible example of our connectivity, and of how we all have an opportunity to impact each other positively every moment.
Finally, one of the women on my Religious Roundtable forum on Cafemom recently posted this Interfaith Calendar, which lists holidays year round in virtually every religious tradition. If you are into such things, it is quite interesting.
Have a wonderful holiday week, I’ll post one more time in 2008!