Thursday, January 6, 2011

Religion or spirituality?

I received a Catholic education so religion was a big part of the agenda growing up. But something about the doctrine just didn't do it for me. There was something big missing. It wasn't until I reached a low point in my life that I went in search of meaning and discovered the difference between religion and spirituality. I think this quote sums it up nicely.

"The essence of religion:

Fear God and obey God.

The quintessence of spirituality:

Love God and become another God."

The man who first opened my eyes to a spiritual awakening was, of course, The Dalai Lama. His latest book, My Spiritual Journey, is now out in bookstores and has been lauded as an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and an inspiration to those seeking a richer spiritual life. I'm yet to read it but when I do I'll report back with - an almost certainly growing - review. 

If I had to recommend two books that changed the way I lived my life in a spiritual sense it's Buddhism for Busy People by David Michie and The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama. 

Spirituality and religion are by no means exclusive - you can have both. But for me it's a spiritual search. So religion or spirituality, or both? 

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely thought. I think your idea about affirmations is great. I like to write mine on post-its and stick them to my bathroom mirror.