To receive a FREE ebook on forgiveness by the author of this site, enter your email address in the box below. However, I do think that religion and spirituality are often, if not usually, found in the same places. It might be hard for me to be deeply involved in the running of a church because sometimes my beliefs don't fit with those of traditional Christianity.
When I join spiritual groups, I really don't see anything that sets them above the weaknesses potential in religion. But embarrassment is not a reason to leave, as long as that abuse remains clearly prohibited by the organisation itself, and that is clearly the case. A church is not about saying - we are different, we are special, we have finally got it right. It is about working with humankind complete with all our frailties, recognising we will probably make all the same mistakes. When we see ourselves as vulnerable to making a mistake, hopefully we have gained the humility to know that without God's help we will make it again.
Which reminds me of one of my favorite cartoons: Two sock puppets are talking to each other. I believe we are our own inner hand — the godly power resides within each of us to create the lives we desire –no matter what the challenges! Indeed, studies show that people who are involved in religion report greater levels of happiness than those who are not religious. In one study,* 101 undergraduate students between ages 18 and 49 were given surveys to complete.
Personally, I think there are a lot of reasons why those religious people scored higher on the happiness meter — and not all those reasons have to do with religion per se. That said, I gotta confess: It was hard for me to consider hiring a higher power during the challenging time following my sexual assault.
My ruminations led me to discover the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz – who shared many interesting perspectives about God.
In other words: No matter how challenging your life might feel, it could have been a whole lot worse.
Personally, I thank Leibniz for this somewhat cheery rumination – and I must say, I found myself thinking a lot about this Leibniz perspective during my personally challenging time.
Rabbi Harold Kushner’s view on why bad things might happen to good people also comforted me. In other words, instead of seeking to find the meaning behind the concept of suffering, we should all try to make sure our suffering becomes meaningful. Looking for a daily happiness tool?Check out my new book INSTANT HAPPY – available in hard cover here – and in Kindle here!

If you could live 10 years of your life in total bliss – with NO pain – but in the end, not remember any of it – would you do it? Forgiveness is making the choice to release our offender from a spiritual debt – so we don’t risk mounting spiritual debt from continued anger and resentment.
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And yes, it is embarassing and upsetting when a church you are inspired by is in the media for abuse.
I have been in contact with hundreds of Catholics in the churches and school I have attended and I have not come across abuse. Yet with a willingness to continually invite God in to work in us, and bring about a different outcome. It therefore moves us towards the increasing dependence on God which characterizes the spiritual journey. Katherine's small beautiful collection of poems take the reader with her as she journeys to know both self love andGod's love. Or you can simply develop a personal life philosophy that inspires you to seek lessons and growth. Suffering imparts on all of us humans an informed sense of empathicunderstanding — which then helps us to better connect with one another.
I talk about the differences between spirituality and religion and in the next two pages of this article.
I have heard some sad stories though about attending schools run by nuns who sounded very un-Christian.
For example, one benefits from the guaranteed social support that can be found in a church, synagogue, or mosque.
The important thing is to take the time to seek out this meaning and purpose during challenging times. Could there be any appropriate reasoning behind all this world’s incredible pain, endless violence and heart-wrenching injustice?
Spirituality is a freedom without boundaries or direction and very individualistic which makes it highly unstable, Religion is a freedom with boundaries & direction with purposeful pursuits highly invested in community development which makes it highly stable.
Over centuries, religion has come to be associated with the practice of a set of certain beliefs, with a specific definition and understanding of the Almighty and His Commands as central to each other.This opinion or understanding, who the Almighty is, often takes precedence over a broader acceptance of life in general. This is where spirituality scores, as its foundation is the concept of all living forms being part of a unified whole.

In fact, some would say that spirituality goes still further, for it seeks to draw our attention to all living forms, not merely human beings. This emphasis on life or conscious beings, o r consciousness, itself is what spirituality is all about. Even though the majority believe that this fallout was most certainly not the aim of any religion, it may be said that when religion makes such a religion of itself [pun intended!], it fails to keep alive its essence. Your reconnecting with the Supreme should by no means overwhelm, but if we fail to accept each others’ understanding of the Supreme, we have a problem on our hands. A debate has also erupted to discuss ways to resolve any impending crisis brought about by religion.
In the process, it is often said that religion must be more tolerant and accepting, and that we need a movement towards a more intuitive form of religion.This is easier said than done, for doesn’t this imply that our problems may be rooted within religion?
Hence, the keepers of religion often fear change, quite forgetting, that God and truth need no protection.Spirituality, however, is free in form.
In fact, humanity is increasingly talking about values, and all this is giving spirituality a boost, virtually leading to a widespread spiritual movement.
Just think of the number of New-Age sects!However, since spirituality was never meant to be so [remember solo, not organised] this chaos will end, sooner or later.
Spirituality is as innocent as a child; religion claims to know all the answersSpirituality actually helps inculcate a childlike questioning and explorative mind. This oneness, once experienced, is gripping and empowering for it pervades the seeker’s life.
Truly spiritual persons express their spirituality in the choices they make – whether their actions, food, clothing, whatever. The preservation of life and, consequently, the inculcation and practice of values that further this end become the seeker’s path. Some religious people believe that spirituality is for the non-serious, those who choose to be wishy-washy about their religion.
Evidently, this is not trueCertain devout also claim that, in essence, all religions hold the same wisdom as spirituality – the oneness of life. While this is true, religion has humanity dancing to its tune, masked as though at a fancy dress party, where everyone only sees each others’ facade, not their true self. CHARU BahriCharu Bahri, a trained cost-accountant and computer programmer, is a freelance writer. Well travelled and versatile, she has authored two books, Sexual Dualism to Spiritual Oneness and Aligning the Economic Cycle with the Time Cycle.

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