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21st Century Spirituality

Updated on June 30, 2013
Keepin' up with the times?
Keepin' up with the times?


The term “spirituality” lacks a strict definition but in general it summarizes a human’s search for the sacred, being driven by the motivation to connect with the universe. For most people it is separate from, although connected to, religion. Modern spiritual thinking centers on the idea of an inner spiritual path that leads to your true being, it is about becoming or evolving into a better person who is more self-aware.

Faith vs. Reality

In the 21st century where we must reconcile our faith with church misconduct and horrific acts of violence and terrorism globally, many people have adopted a stance of “spiritual but not religious.” In this way people can identify with the positive ideas of faith and inner reflection without muddling about with organized religions and corrupt politics. Time and time again it is the human beings that run the Church that have failed and not the religion itself. Over time, many people have chosen to take their faith inward and explore it on a much more personal level.

Books on Modern Spirituality

Faith vs. Modernity

Members of generation X and the millennial generation are finding it more and more difficult to mitigate their own moral feelings and opinions with that of the stuffy unchanging church views on current social agendas. Religion has always found a downfall with religious leaders refuse to grow and adapt to changes in society. Equal marriage rights, birth control, and the list goes on. This is causing more people to diverge from traditional religions and embark on spiritual paths instead. In a gallop poll conducted in 2005 a whopping 25% of the US population declared themselves to be “spiritual but not religious.” This is a huge number and growing all the time.

Spirituality as Well-Being

There is a clear emphasis on personal well-being for people practicing spirituality. Meditation and focusing on healthy ways to deal with stress and anxieties are tools used to promote happiness and health. There is often also a strong connection to physical health as well such as a healthy and balanced lifestyle with whole foods, plenty of exercise and getting enough sleep.

The New Spirituality

With the popularity of spirituality all around us there has also been an uptrend for holistic medicine like Acupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki, Yoga, Art and Music Therapy, and much more. With the use of the internet the resources and outlets for research are more bountiful than ever and everything you need to learn about spirituality all over the world is right at your fingertips.


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      lifeintheworld 4 years ago from The World

      Thanks so much sgbrown! Glad you found it interesting :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      In my eyes, spirituality and religion are the same. I have never attended church much, as I did not grow up going to church, but I believe in God. Being a God fearing woman, it does frighten me that so many people are considering themselves "spiritual but not religious". I hesitate to discuss religion or politics much here, but I did find your hub interesting and well put together. Welcome to HubPages! :)