What is Spirituality?


Spirituality is a worldview and a way of life based on the belief that there is more to existence than the physical universe, more to consciousness than electrical impulses in the brain, and more to our lives than just surviving and meeting our basic needs. It satisfies the human thirst for meaning, peace, mystery, and truth.

Most spiritual traditions emphasize the belief that each individual is part of a larger, universal Consciousness. This understanding helps to eliminate differences and create a sense of unity in the world. It also supports the idea that all spiritual paths lead to enlightenment.

Unlike religion, which teaches people what to believe through parables, teachings, and stories, spirituality focuses on direct experience of the Divine. A spiritual person often learns and develops their beliefs through trial and error, without the guidance of a religious teacher or organization.

Some spiritual experiences include prayer, meditation, yoga, and studying and contemplating spiritual texts from a tradition. These practices can be performed individually or in community and are often done with a sense of reverence, seriousness, or intensity.

Research shows that being involved with a spiritual practice can lead to improved mental health, including reduced stress levels and greater feelings of well-being. It can also improve physical health, including heart health and immune system function. However, you should only pursue a spiritual path that feels authentic to you and doesn’t feel like a crutch or a way to escape from reality.