My definition of spirituality is a simple one; try to practice love, kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward others and ourselves. However, as I’m sure most of us know, this isn’t always easy to do. Sometimes people can irritate us and we may not react well toward them. Or worse. Someone may make us angry and we blow up at them without any thought of being spiritual.
Now this can be understandable under certain circumstances. After all, the key word here is practice. But even when I do become angry at someone today, I don’t blow up like I used to due to practicing the love, kindness, understanding, and tolerance I speak of.
Actually, I got better at practicing this simple spirituality toward myself first, which helped to make it easier to show these things to others. Now in reality, I know it isn’t possible to love everyone or understand someone’s rude and often hurtful behaviors. But we can still try our best to be kind, or at least tolerant, and not respond back in a nasty or hateful way.
However, this doesn’t mean we need to take shit from people. I know that doesn’t sound very spiritual, but I’m not claiming to be a saint here. I simply try to believe that something created life and the universe for a reason, and to practice these things in an effort to grow.
This may be a simple definition of spirituality. But I believe it’s one that anybody can practice, no matter what their beliefs are.