Religion is based on faith.
Those who find their faith with a religion often have their spirituality tied up exclusively with that religious faith and cannot separate it. They experience their spirituality through their faith.
And that is, of course, ok.
Many people find it hard to think or speak of spirituality without associating it with religion.
And while religion offers one way of looking at and thinking about spirituality, it is focused on that religion’s core beliefs and faiths, focused on a specific deity.
Religion can, and does, offer a way for billions of people to connect to their spirituality.
But it is not the only way to connect with your spirituality.
If for you, your religious faith and your spirituality are one and the same, then that is how you explore it and connect to the world around you: through your faith, through your religion.
If for you, there is no belief and faith in any religion, but you still feel you are connected to your spirituality, then you can explore it using your acceptance of it as a part of who you are.
There is no conflict between the two viewpoints.
A lack of religious faith does not mean a lack of spirituality.
That statement will not be true for you if you are a follower of a religion.
But that does not mean you can dismiss people’s belief in it as a starting point for exploring their spirituality: it may not be true for you, but it is true for others.
Those without religious faith must accept that those with faith have a valid belief system that is worthy of respect: just because you do not believe in any religion, does not mean that your expectation should be that nobody does.
Acceptance and respect from each point of view allows us all to explore our own spirituality from our own standpoint.
People with and without religious faith, that accept that their spirituality exists, can connect through it.
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