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Defining Spirituality

Spirit: a supernatural being or essence: as in holy spirit, soul, ghost, or a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being

Spirit:  a supernatural being or essence: as in holy spirit, soul, ghost, or a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being It is common to think of the spirit and/or soul as something beyond nature, something separate from our physical selves.  But if our spirit is our essence, can it truly be supernatural? […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

Spirit:  an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms If the spirit is what gives us life, then spirituality is really focused on what it means to be a living being.  What makes us alive?  What animates us?  What makes us do what we do, think the way we think, and […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person regarded as a person’s true self and as capable of surviving physical death or separation

Spirit:  the nonphysical part of a person regarded as a person’s true self and as capable of surviving physical death or separation (above definition from OxfordDictionaries.com) In part one, it was posited that spirituality involved activities meant to shape the spirit and soul, building character and managing emotions.  Here, the definition adds two more elements: […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul (above definition from OxfordDictionaries.com) Essentially, by this definition the soul and the spirit are the same thing.  I think that is up for debate, but I think it is reasonable to bundle them together when it comes to […]