What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is an approach to life that brings meaning and purpose to it. It can include any practice, experience, or activity that brings you closer to the inner self and the world around you. It could be meditation, journaling, prayer, gardening, scuba diving, or anything else that brings your soul and heart more into your life.
Some people are afraid to explore their spirituality because they think it will be outside of their religion, but for others, it is a deepening of what they already believe and practice. It can be a lot of fun and bring more fulfillment to your life!
There is a wide variety of different spiritual traditions and practices, all involving some form of ritual. These can be as simple as a prayer, or as intense as a full shamanistic ceremony.
Rituals are a way to develop certain feelings and states of mind (usually serious or reverence). Many of these traditions also involve service, which can include feeding the poor, social reform, translation of scriptures, etc.
Study & Contemplation: This is a process of studying spiritual texts and teachings that can be found in most spiritual traditions. It can be through reading a book, listening to an audio recording, or attending a class.
Some studies have shown that individuals who participate in a spiritual practice may experience greater levels of positive emotions, such as self-transcendent emotions. These are feelings that come from the divine and are not tied to specific physical sensations or thoughts. These experiences can be more powerful and lasting than other positive emotions such as pleasure and happiness.