What is Spirituality?

January 30, 2013 1,378 Comments

Before we can define Spirituality I think we need to say what spirituality is not.  It is not religion. There are religious people who live their spirituality but there are many people who are religious who are not spiritual.  These people go to church..spout a doctrine…appear devout…but do not live or practice the spiritual basis of their religion.  An example would be a devout Christian church goer who leaves the parking lot of the church and pulls into traffic, rudely cutting someone off and then throws them the finger when they honk at him for cutting him off.  Hardly…exhibiting the spirit of being a Christian and honoring the Golden rule “do unto others at you have them do unto you”.

And there are spiritual people who are not religious.  Yes,  I know lots of people who never go to church or subscribe to any particular religion who I would describe as a very spiritual.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

or example there is a guy who goes to my church who I would describe as spiritual and even though he goes to the church he does not subscribe to any religion and is not religious.  We are defining religious as being part of a religion.  I consider Mother Teresa a very spiritual person and not particularly religious.  Now, I also consider the Dalai Lama a very spiritual person and a religion person (Buddhist)So, what is a spiritual person?  A spiritual person is someone who lives their spirituality.

dalai_lama

Dalai Lama

Which brings us back to our original question…what is spirituality?  The simplest dictionary definition says it is the quality or state of being spiritualSpiritual is defined as  of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit : incorporeal 2a: of or relating to sacred matters b: ecclesiastical rather than lay or temporal 3: concerned with religious values.  Rather dry definitions are not particularly satisfying or present a clear picture .A much more interesting definition is from Wikkepedia: Spirituality is “the concept of an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality; an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being; or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.   There are several concepts and ideas in this definition.  First,  the idea of a path to spiritual enlightenment.  The second is the discovering your essence or “who you really are”.  The third is that spirituality is about the values and principles people live by.

Spirituality is really about each person living and expressing their connection to their spirit by being, and living their values and principles.

 

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