What is the difference between religion and spirituality?
Religions are institutionalized, organized with rituals, hierarchies, and formal structures.
They are linked to a set of defined and prescribed rules and practices. Followers of a religion are expected to adhere to these specific beliefs and practices.
Religions often have organized communities of followers who share common beliefs. Spirituality is a personal and individual journey in search of a connection with our essence, meaning, and purpose in life. Spirituality seeks personal growth, reflection on values and beliefs, and a connection with the divine, believing that there is a divine consciousness and intelligence of which we are not only a part but also an extension.
Spirituality is flexible and adaptable to individual needs.
In spirituality, we use the divine power that has been given to us to achieve our dreams and our evolution in this life.
Spirituality can be experienced through meditation, connecting with our higher self, reflecting on our choices, and taking responsibility for our actions. In spirituality, there is no victimization or blame. We can make our own rules and understand that the outcomes of our choices are not punishments from God but simply the result of cause and effect.
For example, astrology is a tool that we can use to explore spiritual, transcendent questions and gain a deeper understanding of our purposes in this life.
Meditation is one of the best tools to activate our connection with everything that is divine and transcendent.
When we meditate, we direct our attention to our inner self, diverting our attention from external problems and disconnecting from the world around us. We go beyond the physical body and time. When we reach this place of transcendence of the material world, we enter the process of transformation and evolution.
Meditation can be experienced at all moments of our lives. To succeed in your meditations, you need to embrace silence in your daily life. Don’t use your phone during meals, don’t listen to music when walking or running, and don’t need constant noise in your daily life.
The world is already noisy, depending on where you live, it can be noisier or quieter. Your thoughts make noise, your anxieties and dissatisfactions are noisy as well.
So, embrace silence whenever you do something alone.
When you focus on just one sound, you don’t hear other noises.
So, when meditating, focus on the sound of your breath, for example, or the sound of ocean waves, or on music. Start meditation with breathing exercises. The exercises called “8 silk weaving” are a practice adopted by Chinese masters to seek harmony for the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. Here is the link below.
You can do these exercises before or after meditation.
Intention: Before meditating, you need to have an intention. The intention can be gratitude for what you have, creativity for a specific project, finding a new love, forgetting an old love, improving finances, and anything else you desire.
These are the practices that lead us to integration with our higher self and everything that is divine.