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Offline charitydawn725

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Peaceful
« on: December 23, 2014, 06:12:15 PM »
Hey everybody!

This isn't a "convert issue" exactly, so the moderator can feel free to move it if necessary! I just had a question about something that I wondered if others, converts or lifelong Orthodox Christians, felt the same about. The more I attend liturgy and become involved in Orthodox spirituality, the more I start getting a feeling of peace whenever I'm in situations I associate with Orthodoxy. For example, if I hear Orthodox chant, it calms me. As another example, even seeing the Orthodox church I attend as I drive by makes  me feel at peace as I recall the services inside the church. So to make a lonq question short, am I crazy? Am I just associating the feelings I get during liturgy with the places, music, or items? Or is it normal for to feel this way when viewing or listening to holy things?

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Re: Peaceful
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 07:55:55 PM »
You're not crazy, but if that feeling disappears, don't feel like something is necessarily wrong either.  :)
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Re: Peaceful
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 08:03:51 PM »
The Father who alone loves humankind does really have a way for a soul to be whole, and signs of increased health in us include joy and peace. Don't forget another emotion, which in true form is more than an emotion but the cure itself: love.
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Re: Peaceful
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2014, 12:01:02 AM »
Not crazy, no.

I recently put stick (not burned) Frankincense incense and rose oil in my car during a long drive. I refresh it now as necessary. It calms me. A LOT. And then I was gifted a very small 2-3" icon of Christ, so I put it in my car too and I can see it while I drive. Even more calming. A wonderful thing during holiday traffic. ;)

All I need now is a cd with recordings of Byzantine chanting in Greek ... ;)
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Re: Peaceful
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2014, 01:32:40 AM »
Orthodox chant calms me as well.  :angel:
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Re: Peaceful
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2014, 05:27:48 AM »
Yep, me too.

Not so much in Church or during prayers as afterwards when I'm in a quiet place the stillness sometimes becomes deafening.

So, yes, the peace you are talking about is normal in my experience, too.
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