What is Spirituality?

A simple Google search for the definition of spirituality will yield something like this:
“the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.” While this would be considered by many to be “close enough”, there are quite a few people – including us – that believes this barely scratches the surface.

We came by this website – Live and Dare – recently, and have become instant fans. In looking through the many articles and resources available there, we found a passage about spirituality that absolutely needed to be passed along:

You don’t need to follow an institutionalized religion in order to have a fruitful spiritual life. Spiritual but not religious is a way too. This doesn’t imply, however, that you reject tradition.

Tradition is there to serve you, and it would be silly to throw away the collective development of mystics over millennia and try to reinvent the wheel. Find a wisdom tradition that speaks to your heart, then study and practice the core of it.1 Just don’t outsource your spiritual journey – own it, explore with your own feet, experiment with the teachings, and trust your own discernment.

It is very important for folks to understand that, regardless of where you are in your personal spiritual journey, the path is yours alone to follow… And the things that motivate you and drive you forward are yours alone to cherish and nurture.

If you are just starting out in your search for answers, this article may be of great assistance to you in order to point you in the right direction. If you’re Farther Along down your path, dismay serve to comfort you a bit and reassure you that you are on the right track.

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Source: What is Spirituality – A Guide To Spiritual Disciplines

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