What is Spirituality
The word spirituality comes from root words in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek that all mean wind, breath, or air — that which gives life.
Expert’s Definition of Spirituality
Christina Puchalski, MD, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, contends that “spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”
There is no single, widely-agreed definition of spirituality. If there was, that would be another religion!
Difference Between Religion and Spirituality
Religion and spirituality are not the same thing, nor are they entirely distinct from one another.
While spirituality may incorporate elements of religion, it is generally a broader concept. Some may find that their spiritual life is intricately linked to religion which is their association with a church, temple, mosque, or synagogue. Others may pray or find comfort in a personal relationship with God or a Higher Power. Still others seek spiritual meaning through their connections to nature or art.
Spirituality is more of an individual experience or relationship with the spiritual realm. On the other hand, religion is a rigid and dogmatic set of rules and teachings of someone else’s spiritual experiences. For example, Christianity as a religion is essentially based on Jesus Christ and his disciple’s experiences and stories. Buddhism as a religion is based on the Buddha’s spiritual experience. Islam is based on Mohammed’s.
The Origin of All Religion is ONE
While wars are waged to prove which religion is supreme, the right kind of spirituality seeks the underlying connectedness that people are looking for.