Spirituality, not religion

Many people believe that being spiritual is the opposite of enjoying life. They think that being spiritual means denying one’s self of pleasure.

Whilst it’s true that spirituality encourages a person to accept pleasure and pain as part of the same system – the system of transitory sensations which cannot last – this does not mean that enjoying simple pleasures is wrong. And it does not mean that we need to invite pain into our lives on purpose.

Perhaps some religions do encourage penance, self-punishment and self-denial of simple pleasures. But spirituality is often the opposite of traditional religious practices. Religion is political; spirituality is personal. Religious comes from somewhere outside of us and asks us to follow a system; spirituality comes from within and asks us to follow the deepest, purest part of ourselves.

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3 thoughts on “Spirituality, not religion

  1. “Spirituality” by definition is about what inspires a person. “Spirituality” and “inspire” have their roots in the Latin word “spiritus” which means “breath.”

    So the question becomes: what is as essential to your life as your breath? It doesn’t take long to suffocate a person to death. Breath is crucial to the continuation of life. “Spirituality” is about those things that are crucial to your life and make it worth living.

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