The concepts and content of this website are applicable for everyone of all faith traditions.
I often use the term “spirituality.” Spirituality is one of those slippery concept words that is ripe for miscommunication. It is also a word that for some people comes loaded with emotional overtones. To avoid misunderstanding, I’d like to explain what I mean.
In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, researcher and scholar Brené Brown posits the following definition of spirituality:
Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater that all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.
I love this definition and will adopt it. This website and blog is intended to be all-inclusive for everyone who believes in some form of spirituality. It doesn’t matter what that form is, as long as you believe in something.
Spirituality can be, but is not necessarily, tied to religion. Maybe you practice spirituality in a church, or a synagogue, or a mosque, or a temple. Or not. Maybe you practice spirituality walking in the woods or along a beach. Or not. Maybe you practice spirituality in a special spot in your home. Or not. Maybe you don’t have a “practice” per se, something you do, yet you still have faith that a loving, intelligent, powerful force exists. It’s all good.
You don’t have to have impeccable faith. Maybe sometimes you doubt or feel uncertain. That’s called being human. A little bit of belief, even just a tiny smidgeon of allowing for possibility, is all that’s necessary.
While we’re at it, I’m going to say a few words about other terms. I don’t get caught up too much in terminology. I believe a person’s terminology is simply a reflection of their individual upbringing, culture, and experiences. Because of my own background, I tend to use words like God, Spirit, Universe, but there are many more words that attempt to describe the indefinable and indescribable Divine. If the words I use don’t resonate with you, by all means substitute ones that do.
I’ve always said that we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.~ Mother Teresa