Exploring Spirituality Beyond the Confines of Religion

For the last ten months, the tag line for this blog was Exploring What It Means to be a Spiritual Person. That topic remains relevant to past and future content.

The tag line was changed to the title above in the hope of clarifying that the articles then and now, are presented for the benefit of both those who participate in a religion and those who do not. As time has passed, it became clear that this blog may provide a refuge for thought, reflection, and inspiration for people with very diverse views of religion and spirituality, including the growing number of people who have abandoned participation in the rituals of their faith, and/or who have come to question some of the doctrines of their religion.

I was raised Catholic, but in young adulthood left the church to strike a path free of religious doctrine and ritual choosing instead to seek what I believed to be a more free and pure spirituality. At the same time, I never abandoned or doubted my belief in a Creator.

After leaving the church, my relationship with God continued to strengthened and my spiritual awareness expanded greatly unfettered by the restrictions and synoptic vision of the church. I did a brief survey of world religions, not looking for a new home, but to expose myself to different ways of looking at the nature of God and our existence.

One of the goals of this blog is to identify the basic elements of spirituality without regard to religion and to seek ways to apply these in everyday life. I would leave modes of worship or ritual (if any) to the individual whether it should include attending religious services or not.

What is discussed here is presented with the hope that anyone reading the articles will benefit in some way. My intent is to provide discussion and ideas for reflection in simple language that is easily understood and, when appropriate to the topic, actionable.

If you are new to this blog, then I invite you to peruse the array of short articles in the archives which attempt to identify the various facets of what it means to be a spiritual person. The collection represents a very personal exploration of my own spirituality and how it relates to the world as a whole. I hope that you will choose to join me in my quest for deeper understanding of the meaning of life, and an expansion of spiritual awareness.

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2 comments on “Exploring Spirituality Beyond the Confines of Religion

  1. In my opinion the difference between a spiritual person and a religious one is easy. Spiritual people have an enthusiasm for sharing what they know; while religious ones feel a need to argue what they believe. One attracts while the other distracts. Spiritual people will show me what is wonderful and beautiful in their lives, while religious ones try and point out what is wrong and broken in mine. Which of these two have the real power here? No one can change another, that’s the Serenity Prayer; so the best we can do is live the type of life that others want. If we do it right then we are approached and asked by those who come forth how we got there and what can they do to be in the same place. The last difference I’ve noticed is that religious people demand payment of some sort (money, fame, loyalty, etc.) while the spiritual insist on offering things such as anonymity, charity, and empathy. What do you think?

    With Love and Compassion, Daniel Andrew Lockwood

    • Daniel, thank you so much for your insightful comments. Well said. As your comment and your blog suggest, spirituality is all about how we live our life and how we treat others.

      I very much like the practical approach you take in your blog. I hope some of my readers will take a look at it.

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