Posted by: Terri Johnston Fraracci | July 23, 2010

What is spirituality and spiritual living?

Spirituality is recognizing and connecting with a power greater than yourself. Spiritual living is practicing your belief in that higher power in your daily living.

So often the vision connected with “spirituality” is that of a kind-faced monk in robes stashed behind four walls, or a Christian reading the Bible all day long, or a silent person meditating and fasting. Although these are examples of practicing spirituality, they are only three of many.

When Christ said, “Be not of this world”, he did not mean that you should dismiss the world that you live in, but rather that you would not allow the ways of the world to be your guiding light. “Do not conform any longer to the ways of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2.

Spiritual living simply means putting into practice the beliefs connected with your concept of a higher power; whether that be God, Buddha, Allah, nature, or one of many examples of a power greater than yourself that you can follow.

For Mother Teresa spiritual living was living simply and devoting herself to those in need, for Martin Luther King, Jr. it was speaking out against discrimination, for the Dalai Lama it is encouraging peaceful living among human beings by promoting the values of compassion, love,  and forgiveness.

In today’s world living spiritually can be difficult at times. Practicing and expressing your beliefs when they are so different from many of  the ideas promoted in our society can be challenging. But it can be done without moving into a monastery or setting up on a remote island. Simply practice living what you believe every day.

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