What is spirituality?

Many people often feel that something is missing in their lives. People may achieve great things in school, in their jobs, or in life, but they still feel that something is missing. Other people have experienced loss and failure, but they still feel as though they have a sense of purpose.

Spirituality is not about religion. It is a part of life that is not physical. It’s a way of experiencing things outside of the senses. Maybe it is a connection to the world or universe on some level beyond that of the senses. Some people experience this through prayer; some through meditation; some through knowing their feelings.

A spiritual person knows more than just the sounds, sights, and smells of life. A spiritual person has intuition and gut feelings that guide him or her.

Why is spirituality important?

Spirituality can give you a new way to look at life. It can be something for you to rely on in times of need providing structure and guidelines for how to make meaning of your life and your connections to others. It can strengthen your character and lead to inner peace.

How do I develop spirituality?

There is no singular way to develop spirituality. You certainly don’t have to be religious to be spiritual, but religion does not inhibit spirituality, either. There are some things that you can do, though, that may be helpful:

These are just some ideas about ways you can get in touch with your spirituality. Again, spirituality is different for everyone, and there is no set way to develop your spirituality. It’s about what works for you, and what makes you feel more at peace. If you want to explore your questions about spirituality beyond the suggestions listed above, a good source would be to meet with someone from the ecumenical services program here on campus.