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Religion vs. Spirituality

by | Dec 23, 2021 | Soul

Religion vs. Spirituality

At a given point in time individuals look at alignment of lifestyles, emotional wellness which may be based on religious, political, or ethical values, just to name a few. Unintended consequences of living an ordinary life often cause us to reassess our values and beliefs. Some basics include the practice of self-awareness, gratitude, exercise, meditation/contemplation, embracing the wonder of nature, forgiveness, and a gentleness with one another. Perhaps, try just one…

Someone once told me the difference between spirituality and religion was that spirituality makes them “feel good” and religion makes them “be good.” I like the simplicity of this statement as it resonates with our “humanness” and how to hold yourself accountable and responsible.

Spirituality could be said to be more of a “me centered” approach. What we perceive ourselves to be, or strive to become in modeling our behavior through  a new or  change of a “habit.”

Practicing an organized religion benefits both the “me” and “we” within humanity through its organizational structure. In the Christian model we see this through the creation of schools, hospitals and other social service organizations that are centered on the servant leadership model of Christ. 

 I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity. C.S.Lewis

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