arfa brane: I almost hesitate to post a response to you, because no doubt Tiassa is hovering about waiting to pounce on me for having the temerity to post on this topic at all. Then again, nothing I write will actually make any difference to his opinions about me, so I don't think it's worth worrying about him. Besides, it only encourages him. That's not logical. Why not assume, instead, that your being alive has something to do with a Giant Dishwasher on Titan, about which you don't know very much? That makes just as much sense. On the other hand, it sounds to me like your assumption, boiled down to its essentials, is little more than the assumption that you don't know everything, which is unremarkable. What puzzles me is why you want to label all the stuff you don't know under the generic umbrella label "God". Perhaps you can explain. From medicine - you know, science - we already know why it is important to breathe to keep ourselves alive. And even before formalised medicine, we knew that breathing was vital for life. So, you're right. Not too hard. It seems to me that all you're really saying here is "there's some stuff about breathing that I don't know or I'm not sure about". And your insert a God of the Gaps into that empty space. Science knows why we can do that, too. Autonomous nervous system. It sounds like your practice is like meditation. Perhaps it is meditation? It is common in meditation to concentrate on one's breath, trying to shut out other thoughts. The aim is to calm the mind, firstly. There are many non-religious practices of meditation. I think there is no need to inject God into it. Somebody told you that if you meditate you'll find God? Well, who knows? Maybe you will. Let us know if that happens. If you're extolling the benefits of a meditative practice in helping you relax etc., that's all well and good. I'm still puzzled as to where God fits into it, and why. That makes it impossible to talk about it coherently. Might as well forget it, if you're completely incapable of defining it. A useless concept. (Also, I might comment that this is a classic "deepity".) How do you know it isn't really true?