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Sunday, October 15, 2023

Embracing diverse spirituality

Subject: Embracing Diversity and My Spiritual Journey

Dear Friends,

I wanted to share a glimpse of my spiritual journey and the diverse experiences I've been fortunate enough to have embraced. From my upbringing in a mixed-faith family - with a Japanese Buddhist and Shinto parent and a US Catholic parent - to my exploration of various beliefs and practices, my path has been shaped by a deep appreciation for diversity and understanding.

I've attended various religious services and explored different faiths, finding resonance and wisdom in each. From Buddhist practices to various Christian churches including interfaith, from Hindu ceremonies to Jewish celebrations, and even engaging with cross-cultural international and also Japan based healing groups, and listening to those with firm beliefs in nature rituals;- each experience has enriched my understanding of the world.

My journey has led me to embrace a more Buddhist-centered path, aligning with shojin ryori as my path was intended and a vegan lifestyle since USA and EU disrespected my Japanese national descent since my childhood. I believe in fostering compassion, understanding, and respect for all living beings and the world we share.

Through this, I hope we can cultivate an environment where our differences are celebrated, and understanding and love prevail. Let's support one another in our unique spiritual paths, recognizing that our individual journeys contribute to a more colorful and compassionate world.

In unity and respect for diversity,

Angela "Kikuchi" Kneale

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