What is Spirituality?
What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?
Spirituality is something that is often discussed, and also often misunderstood.
People naturally confuse spirituality with religion, or combine spirituality with religion, by bringing pre-existing beliefs about religion to discussions about spirituality.
This is very normal as in religion the word spiritual is often used, and religious understand have buried themselves deep within our minds.
All religions emphasize spirituality as being an important part of faith, it is possible to be ‘spiritual’ without necessarily being a part of an organized religious community.
Spirituality, and religion can be difficult to tell apart but there are some clearly defined differences between the two.
So what is the difference between religion, and spirituality?
Religion is a specific set of organized beliefs, and practices, usually shared by a community or group.
Spirituality is more of an individual practice, and has to do with having a sense of peace, and a feeling purpose. It also relates to the process of developing understanding about the journey of life, and the energetic connection with other people, places, objects.
What Is Spirituality?
Spirituality is a word that is openly used in many ways, and with many different perspectives. Generally, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it usually involves a search for meaning about life. Due to this, it is a universal human experience, something that touches us all. People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred, or transcendent, or simply a deep sense of aliveness, a connection with the visible, and invisible.
Many will say that their spiritual life is unshakably connected to their association with their church, temple, mosque, or synagogue. Yet others may pray, or find personal comfort in a personal relationship with their God or a higher energy. Then there are others that seek meaning through their connection to natures beauty, or creative pursuits like music, or art. Just a we have our own individual sense of purpose, our own personal definition of spirituality may change throughout our life, evolving to our own personal experiences, and relationships.
Directions for exploring spirituality.
There are many directions for exploring spirituality. Obtaining more clarity on each will assist your search can be helpful when choosing which path or practices to take.
Here are a few examples, Buddhism, Yoga, Vedanta, Sufism, Christian Mysticism, Daoism/Taoism, Kabbalah, Jainism, Shamanism.
Spirituality Word Origin & History
Noun. Early 15 century., from Middle French spiritualite, from Late Latin spiritualitatem (nominative spiritualitas),
from Latin spiritualis (see spiritual ). An earlier form was spiritualty (late 14c.).