The Spiritual Revolution Essay

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“I’m spiritual but not religious.” In today’s society, it is a trendy phrase that many people often use to describe their belief that they do not need to be affiliated with an organized religion in order to live a faithful and fulfilling life. As life becomes more frenzied and chaotic, people assert that they do not have the time to engage in organized religious activity and turn to a different alternative, one that can be less limiting and narrow minded. While spirituality means something different to everyone, at its core, spirituality provides our lives with context. It arrises from the connection one has with themselves and one’s search for meaning in life. Spirituality can take many different forms, such as meditation and yoga, whereas for others, it can be found in nature or in a secular community. These, along with the many different qualities of spirituality such as hope and forgiveness, can have many benefits that aid in overall mental health by improving coping skills, fostering feelings of optimism, and encouraging a sense of relaxation. Despite this progression towards spirituality, religious debates have erupted in response to the “I’m spiritual but not religious” phrase. The distinction between spirituality and religion, and what these terms have come to mean for many people, has come into greater prominence these past few years, with many people withdrawing from religious affiliation and participating in spiritual practices which improves one’s overall mental and physical health.
Due to how society works these days, many people do not have to time affiliate themselves or engage in some sort of religious activity and often turn to some form of spiritual activity as a quick fix to life’s stresses. The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life has released a new study that looks at the rise of people in the U.S. who do not identify with any religion. In an NPR radio interview, Audie Cornish speaks with Gregory Smith, Pew Forum senior researcher and co-author of the study, for more on that growing segment of the population. Smith says, “we asked people about their religion, which religious group do they identify with. And we provide them with a variety of options: Protestants, Catholic and a number of other choices. The group that we call religiously unaffiliated consists of those who identify themselves as atheists, along with those who describe themselves as agnostics. And then the single largest part of the religiously unaffiliated are people who say their religion is just nothing in particular” (NPR). Smith also mentions how many of the people who say their religion is “just nothing in particular” are of a younger generation. Even pop music singer Pink says, “I love Native American spirituality and paganism, and I've studied Buddhism. I think organized religion is one of the top problems of the...

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