Defining spirituality is a challenging effort in that there are so many perspectives around what includes being spiritual. Since it is a broad subject, individuals defined spirituality in many ways, and if discussed, can be continuous and not necessarily agreeable.
I went up to Dictionary.com to gather their definition(s) and here are the varied ways they explain spiritual.
- Of, relating to, or consisting of spirit; incorporeal.
- Of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature: a spiritual approach to life.
- Closely akin in interests, attitude, outlook, etc.
- Of or relating to spirits or spiritualists; supernatural or spiritualistic.
- Characterized by or suggesting a predominance of the spirit; ethereal or delicately refined:
- Of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
- Of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred.
- Of or belonging to the church; ecclesiastical: lords spiritual and temporal.
- Of or relating to the mind or intellect.
Another definition I found was — the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
In the bible, there is a reference to spirituality, and this is more in line with faith between God and man.
What does science have to say about spirituality? Many people believe that science and spirituality are not compatible. I found this article on Forbes by Alice G. Walton “The Science of Spirituality: A Psychologist and a Neuroscientist Explain Being In the Flow.” Science is delving more into understanding the impact of spirituality on people.
I decided to embark on research about spirituality and to understand further the power it has in all our lives. I wanted to learn what we think being spiritual is all about, how we express it, what’s important to us, how does it enhance our lives, and how do we share it with others.
Why did I decide to research spirituality? Last year I had a discussion with one of the ministers in my spiritual community about having a class on “How to Create a Spiritual Home?” I thought parents would love the topic to guide them in creating a spiritual home for their families. I have lots of ideas in my head, and this was one of them, but it drifted away in the efforts of everyday life. The minister never approached me about it, nor was it ever initiated within the community. I forgot about it.
On June 11, I was sleeping and having a dream where I was continuing the conversation with the minister about the importance of creating “How to Create a Spiritual Home.” When I woke up, the dream stayed with me, and I realized that I needed to evaluate my spirituality and further create, for me, a spiritual home. I needed to research, share, listen to others, and learn what I can about spirituality. A course may eventually evolve on this subject, though the journey right now is to understand further spirituality and the many components that help me enhance and enjoy my spirituality.
It’s a big topic, yet diving into it allows me to pursue what is important to me. I believe that in different times in our lives, spirituality changes, and evolves to support us on our life’s journey. If so, then what is this thing called spirituality.
Here are my initial thoughts: It’s about a connection to something bigger than ourselves and how we embrace the universe. Spirituality provides me with connection, meaning, purpose, or a sacred belief in the world I live in. It’s belief either in a God, Spirit, The Source or unknown outside of yourself. The belief that we are all spiritual beings, and we are all one in the Universe.
I’m going to have various posts on different aspects of spirituality, as I delve further into it for myself. I would love to share this journey with you and hope that you would participate and share your thoughts.
Do you have a definition of spiritual, and, if so, how does it work in your life?
Women’s Group Topics
Spirituality has been within a women’s comfort zone for many generations, though discussions around this topic don’t occur all that frequently. Why not discuss what “spirituality” means to each of you. You may be surprised to learn something new.