1 of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things: I'm responsible for his spiritual welfare | the
spiritual values of life.
• (of a person) not concerned with material values or pursuits.
2 of or relating to religion or religious belief: the tribe's spiritual leader.
Oxford English Dictionary
Several authors state that there is no definitive definition of spirituality.[note 1]
According to Waaijman, the traditional meaning of spirituality is a process of re-formation:[note 2]
The re-formation aims to recover the original shape of man, the image of God. To accomplish this, the re-formation is oriented at a mold, which
represents the original shape: in Judaism the Torah, in Christianity Christ, in BuddhismBuddha, in the Islam Muhammad.[note 3]
In modern times "spirituality" has acquired a new meaning. It still denotes a process of transformation, but is often seen as separate from
religious institutions, as "spiritual but not religious."  Spirituality has come to mean the internal experience of theindividual. According to
Yuk-Lin Renita Wong and Jana Vinsky, religion represents the organized aspect, the institutions which press people into a mold. Dick Houtman and
Stef Aupers write that modern spirituality blends humanistic psychology with mystical and esoteric traditions and eastern religions.
Social scientists have defined spirituality as the search for "the sacred," where "the sacred" is broadly defined as that which is set apart from
the ordinary and worthy of veneration, for example "a transcendent dimension":
[...] a transcendent dimension within human experience [...] discovered in moments in which the individual questions the meaning of personal existence
and attempts to place the self within a broader ontological context.
Spirituality can be sought not only through traditional organized religions, but also through movements such as the feminist theology and green
politics. Spirituality is also now associated with mental health, managing substance abuse, maritalfunctioning, parenting, and coping. It has been
suggested that spirituality also leads to finding purpose and meaning in life.
ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French spirituel, from Latin spiritualis, from spiritus (see spirit) .
Oxford English Dictionary
Latin term for breath, often used figuratively to mean spirit.
The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning "breath", but also "spirit, soul, courage, vigor", ultimately from a
Proto-Indo-European *(s)peis. It is distinguished from Latin anima, "soul" (which nonetheless also derives from an Indo-European root meaning "to
breathe", earliest form *h2enh1- ). In Greek, this distinction exists between pneuma (πνευμα), "breath, motile air, spirit," and psykhē
(ψυχη), "soul" (even though the latter term, ψῡχή = psykhē/psūkhē, is also from an Indo-European root meaning "to breathe": *bhes-,
zero grade *bhs- devoicing in proto-Greek to *phs-, resulting in historical-period Greek ps- in psūkhein, "to breathe", whence psūkhē,
Classical and medieval meaning
Words translatable as 'spirituality' first began to arise in the 5th century and only entered common use toward the end of the Middle Ages.
The term "spirituality" is derived from the Latin spiritualitas and the Biblical "roeach/pneuma". It means to be put in motion, to be a living
person, and being driven. In a Bibilical context it means being animated by God. Spirituality means to be driven by the Holy Spirit, as opposed to
a life which rejects this influence.
In the 11th century this meaning changes. Spirituality denotes then the mental aspect of life, as opposed to the material and sensual aspects of life.
Spirituality represents "the ecclesiastical sphere of light against the dark world of matery".[note 4]
In the 13th century "spirituality" acquired a social and psychological meaning. Socially it denoted the territory of the clergy: "The
ecclesiastical against the temporary possessions, the ecclesiastical against the secular authority, the clerical class against the secular
class"[note 5] Psychologically it denoted the realm of the inner life: "The purity of motives, affections, intentions, inner dispositions, the
psychology of the spiritual life, the analysis of the feelings".[note 6]
[font=Stencil][size=10]S[/font]pirituality. According to the word’s etymology, we can see how far modern spirituality has strayed from its
roots. What was once relevant to the breath, movement, animation and the very drives of an organism—life—is now concerned with the beyond, the
immortal soul, divinity, God, self-negation—death. If there have been any concepts completely ruined by religious philosophy, spirituality has to
be the most tragic.
Everyone is inherently and a priori spiritual; we are all possessed of the breath of life, animated, expressive, in continuous motion, and occupying a
certain space in a universe. But how we practice being spiritual, the expression of our impressions, how we live life—our art of living, our
philosophy, our spirituality—no longer depends on the spirit of old, on the breath of life, but on the hope that there is a reason
breathe, a reason
we live—immortality, the ceasing of suffering, divinity, reward in death, a different existence, religion—ideas that are
the very antithesis of life and the spirit. Hopes, dreams, lies. A conundrum.
It must be true that life is its own purpose. When we speak with someone, interact with something, as we guide ourselves through the world, we see not
things void of meaning or purpose, but things that are purposes themselves. Everything is its own purpose, motive, basis and justification simply by
existing. It is meaningful to live, meaningful to be animated by constant movement, able to create and destroy. Not only is it rewarding and profound,
but a prerequisite of everything we know and love. The value of life isn’t found in the values, but in life and living itself. Everything we can
understand through our organism depends first on being that organism. We, as breathing spirits, as individuals, as beings, are our own purpose.
Why must we go beyond that in our search? Why must we look further forward or backwards, beyond the scope of our lives to find reasons for them? The
foundation of spirit is life, the spiritual world is this world, spirituality is living. Should we continue to negate it (and ourselves in the
process) in favour of thoughts to the contrary and call that our “spirituality”? the very thoughts that seek to tyrannize over our lives and how
we conduct ourselves through it? How not-so-free
-spirits we are.
When we assert, dear reader, that this life is merely temporary, our bodies are prisons, the flesh is without value, this existence isn't real and we
should instead focus on the salvation of some inner and immortal idea, we are not in the least bit being spiritual, but anti-life, and
Thank you for reading.