At one time fishing was a simple endeavor. All we needed was a pole, line, hook, and bait. Now we have expensive rods and reels, expensive fishing lines to fill our reels, a variety of sizes of hooks, and a multitude of baits and lures. Before we even set off on our adventure we must first secure a fishing license. Add to that the desire for fishing boats, sonar equipment to find the fish, fishing outfits (we have to look the part, after all), fishing magazines with articles to help us find and hook the fish, and what was a simple, relaxing pastime has become a billion-dollar enterprise.
The beauty of fishing, however, is that it is still as simple as grabbing a pole, adding a hook and bait, and we can still fish. We may not be as successful but that depends on how you define success. If our goal was to spend a day at the lake enjoying nature and the experience of fishing, then mission accomplished.
Religion has, in some ways, become as complicated and intricate as fishing. But if our goal is to experience The Divine we don’t have to build huge structures, pour over holy books, or spend thousands on advanced forms of prayer and meditation. Like the art of fishing we can experience The Divine in modest ways. Simply desire the Divine Presence. Simplify your spiritual exercises and relax.
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