Spirituality is often defined as “the search” for something greater in our lives. More than a set of rituals and traditions, spirituality is a transformative journey that awakens the deepest aspects of our beings.
Here are 26 ways (from A-Z) of thinking about spirituality in your own existence:
Our spiritual journey begins when we open our eyes to the nature of our searching.
Buddha taught self reflection to grow in spiritual wisdom: “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
Compassion is a universal practice of love that requires nothing more than a desire to help others.
D: Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama teaches self acceptance and understanding: “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Enlightenment begins with our thoughts and actions. It is not a destination, but rather a path in itself on which we journey.
Forgiveness is a major element of many spiritual traditions – and that means forgiving ourselves as well as our fellow beings.
Gandhi spoke of spirituality starting with the self: “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
H: Human Experience
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I: Inner Peace
Spiritual evolution occurs deep inside of us, sparked by the desire to be something greater than ourselves.
The human spirit is driven by acts of great love: “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi
Karma is the belief that our actions have universal meaning, greater than what we can understand in this lifetime – every good deed builds you into something more.
L: Looking Within
All of the answers rest within us: “Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.” – Marcus Aurelius
Meditation is more than sitting in silence – it is learning to use silence as a way of connecting with the deepest parts of ourselves.
Namaste means “the divine in me honors the divine in you!”
Spirituality helps us realize that we all originate from the same source.
Passion lives in the human heart, the source of our spiritual quest.
Spirituality is a way of approaching all of the questions we have about the universe and our place within it.
Reverence deepens our respect for others and ourselves: “Reverence is the nature of my love.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Our search begins here, in the present moment: “That which you seek is already here, but you do not recognize it.” – The Gospel of Thomas
Spiritual practices like meditation and yoga lift us above the ordinariness of our lives, reminding us of the existence of something more.
U: Universal Love
We respect all beings, all forms of life: “If your love does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Buddha
Spiritual practices help us honor the sources of guidance within our lives – friends, parents and teachers included.
Spiritual nature restores the awe of the natural world that we experience when we are young.
Existence is here in the present moment, in this moment, in this breath.
Beyond physical benefits, the most meaningful aspect of yoga may be the growth of your own human spirit.
Zeal is the fire inside that moves us from day to day, from life to love.