Auch. That was way too long a title.
Anyhow, I was thinking about some of the responses to my post about the difference between religion and spirituality (and how little difference there is). While I don’t agree with Jan Peter for instance – spirituality is more than something emotional – I do think I know what he’s getting at. Boshemia points out the main issue I think: people don’t like the word religion because it reminds them of all the do’s and don’ts of their church background. For me that’s not such an issue, because I was raised agnostically.
Still – what ARE the ideals inherent in alternative spirituality? I mean – there are values. I don’t mean the long lists of virtues in Buddhism and Hinduism. However interesting, they are too specific to be applicable to all alternative spiritual paths. The coming two weeks (I’ve got 8 posts planned) I will be discussing the virtues or values inherent in the whole alternative spiritual movement. I hope you all won’t be too bored.
Here is my list. I will be devoting a blogpost to each in the coming two weeks:
- Freedom and tolerance
- Thinking for yourself and not being dogmatic
- Finding your own path, not comparing
- Inspiration and intuition
- Environmentally conscious
I would love to hear about virtues or values or norms you think are essential to alternative spirituality. One of the things that connect all (or most) of the above mentioned values is – I think – that in the dichotomy religion-spirituality they would be listed closer to spirituality. (Though I don’t want to suggest only ‘spiritual people’ live by them, obviously)
[I started this series thinking that it was about virtue, but as I wrote about it, and pondered, I found that the word ‘value’ is probably closer in most cases. Some of these are even norms. Words…]