Religion & Spirituality – What’s The Difference?

Through my recent studies and through my own experiences, I have come to see a common theme in the world where religions meets with spirituality.
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By no means am I claiming to know anything more than anyone else here, but I thought I would share a perspective in regards to the two.
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People criticize religion for whatever reasons they have, but I don’t think the problem is in the religion, itself. The main religions I refer to are world dominating ones like Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism.
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Each possess their own unique path in regards to methods used in order to obtain this one fundamental thing, and that is spirituality. Spirituality at its core is things involving being able to experience life at deeper levels of consciousness. Being able to detach oneself from the ego and to recognize ones full potential as a human being.
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With the rise in people who do not identify themselves with a specific religion, it has been a difficult journey for some, as they must navigate their way through life, attempting to get in touch with their fundamental life force which is their spirituality. Every single person is capable and of getting in touch with their spirituality by building awareness. Methods that the Buddhists have used are things like mindfulness meditation. The Hindus used yoga – these practices have given way to the people who do not identify with any religion, but want to get in touch with what religion is able to offer to some of those who have identified with a specific religion.
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In my eyes view, there are no rights or wrong. I just simply see it like this – there is a whole world out there and they all provide way for a very diverse way in thinking and approaching the fundamentals in life. In Islam, one of their main pillars has to do with Philanthropy. The values, beliefs and actions that are being spoken about in Islam encourages being in service of humanity. This sense of service and unity is advocated for in other ways in other cultures and religions, but they all follow similar themes.
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I find it enjoyable to think about these things. Diversity has always been a huge value of mine and so educating myself in a whole range of different things can keep that nice balance.
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I read from a brain surgeon once that he was performing surgery on a woman who had a tumor in her brain and he was going to have to destroy part of her brain in order to save her. It turned out that this woman was bilingual in English and Spanish and due to the funny nature of the brain, it turned out that she was going to have to choose between whether she wanted to keep English or Spanish because the surgery performed required a certain part of the brain to be destroyed.
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Regardless of what she chose, which I think it was to keep English, as she was American, it makes me wonder how something like language can differ throughout the world and each language requires a different part of the brain.
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It makes me wonder how much these esoteric practices that differ and these philosophies differ with all their methods. What if we started spreading ourselves thin, picking and taking from all different places?
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At the end of the day, I feel like it all comes down to the same thing and that is getting in touch with your fundamental being; your awareness, your love, your purpose and your potential.

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