What is Spirituality

My basic premise is people who are spiritual have healthier hearts, and the trickle or multiplier effect of a healthier heart on humanity is incalculable on this side of eternity. Why do I feel this way? I believe spiritual people are in the process of becoming more loving, accepting, compassionate, and peaceful towards themselves and others. That is my personal working definition of being spiritual. Do I believe religion is part of being spiritual? Absolutely! Not to complicate things but I do believe people can be and are spiritual without being tied to a specific religion. Religion is tied to those four components of loving, accepting, compassionate, peaceful, but with the addition of traditions, rituals, and associated with a specific God, or Gods, or a person.

person sitting on bench praying
Man praying

Psychology Today published an article which included a section called “what is spirituality”. I’ll summarize it here by saying they define spirituality as things ranging from organized religion to non-religious experiences involved with getting in touch with their spirituality through private things such as “prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or time in nature.” [1] The article does acknowledge that we humans have ingrained in us “an instinct toward spirituality” and “…even skeptics can’t stifle a sense that there is something greater than the physical world they see.” I would be willing to bet every person over twenty-five years old has at least one time asked themselves either, “what is my purpose in life?” or “there has to be more to life than this?” The great C.S. Lewis put it this way, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

[1] ”Spirituality,” Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/spirituality