Spirituality and Religion
Spirituality and religion are for the most part looked at as one and the same. I would like to give you my views on the difference between the two as well as their common foundation.
My definition of spirituality is a way of being and relating to others and the world around you. Also recognizing your connection to all things in your world, the power of your inner spirit and right thinking.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines spiritual as "relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things."
My definition of religion is an organized group of beliefs that revolve around a source or believed power outside of your world.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines religion as "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power."
To put it simply in my view the difference in spirituality and religion is looking within yourself for the power to change your life (spirituality) and looking to outside forces to change your life (religion).
One or the Other?
These terms have been and will probably continue to be used interchangeably. You are free to choose your own views and outlook on these terms.
I was raised a Catholic yet at a very young age I found it difficult to understand why a God that was supposed to love his children would let such cruel things happen in this world.
I have over the years learned to take what feels right for me from various religious teachings and incorporate them into my life. I found that all religions have the basic foundation of love and respect for others, do no harm, and live from the heart.
Spirituality and religion have an important place in this world and the right combination of both can work miracles in your life. Start by discovering what different world religions have to offer you.
Read Between the Lines
In your search for peace and contentment in this life you can learn from many sources of spirituality and religion. Having an open mind and learning to read between the lines of the various religious and spiritual teachings will help you find what is right for you.
You were meant to live your life in peace and harmony it is your job to find it in the words and teachings that are available to you. They were given to you for this purpose. Life is a learning experience.
What a wonderful adventure to explore and experience all this world has to offer. I guarantee you will see the common thread that is woven through all the religious and spiritual teachings of this world.
Blessings to you!
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