What Is Spirituality?

Spirituality may refer to an ultimate or an alleged immaterial reality, an inner path enabling a person to discover the essence of his/her being, or the “deepest values and meanings by which people live.”

Spiritual practices, including yogafastingmeditationprayer and contemplation, are intended to develop an individual’s inner life; spiritual experience includes that of connectedness with a larger reality, yielding a more comprehensive self; with other individuals or the human community; with nature or the cosmos; or with the divine realm. Musicpoetry, and literature would help to attain perfect inner peace.

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.

Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication.

Yoga (योग) is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. There is a broad variety of yoga schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The term “yoga” in the Western world often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga, which includes the physical practice of postures called asanas.

Sufism, mystical Islamic belief and practice in which Muslims seek to find the truth of divine love and knowledge through direct personal experience of God. It consists of a variety of mystical paths that are designed to ascertain the nature of humanity and of God and to facilitate the experience of the presence of divine love and wisdom in the world.

Poetry is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic qualities, in addition to, or instead of, its apparent meaning.

Music is human expression in the medium of time using the structures of sounds or tones and silence. It is expressed in terms of pitch, rhythm, harmony, and timbre.

Spirituality

Spirituality

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Western Spirituality

Eastern Spirituality

New Age

Paths

Magic and occult

Martial arts

Meditation

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Forms of meditation

Meditation practice

Common practice timings

  • Recommends: 20 minutes twice per day.

Meditative Postures and techniques

Use of prayer beads

Secular applications

Alternative Medicine

Clinical Studies

Meditation, religion and drugs

 Religious and spiritual meditation

Indian religions

East Asian religions

Abrahamic religions

Quotes on Meditation

Class at a Yoga-retreat in India

Yoga class presenting various asanas.

Yoga

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Goals

The ultimate goal of Yoga:

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Health effects

Reception in other religions

Christianity

Article on yoga

Schools of yoga

Hinduism

Buddhism

Jainism

Tantra

Yogacara school

Bhakti movement

Hatha Yoga

Sikhism

Modern Yoga

Fasting

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Health effects

Religious views

Bahá’í faith

Christianity

Fasting in Religions

Islam

Jainism

Hinduism

Judaism

Taoism

Buddhism

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Sufism

Main Articles

Aims and objectives

Unity with God

Four Stations in Sufism

Devotional practices of Sufis

Sufi ranks

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