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The Definition of Spirituality

What does spirituality mean to you? For my definition see http://retson.ca/spiritualitydefined.html.

Significant Questions

The following questions may cultivate an understanding of spirituality. My tententative thoughts on each question may be found in the website following eaach question.

  1. Why was I born?
  2. What is the purpose of Life?
  3. Does anything matter?
  4. What is important's important in Life?
  5. What does it mean to Make a Difference?
  6. What does it take to be successful?
  7. What dose it mean to have a satisfying and meaningful life?
  8. What is happiness? (http://retson.ca/happiness.html)
  9. What does it mean to be a spiritual person?
  10. Is it possible to make up for past mistakes?
  11. How do I know the right things to do?
  12. What do I do when I have had enough?
  13. Why do I feel something is missing in my life?
  14. Where did I loose my idealism?
  15. Where is God?
  16. What is the relationship between religion and spirituality?
  17. "God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving! There is evil and suffering in the world.
  18. Does religion unite or divide us?
  19. Why does one fear death?
  20. .....?


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Richmond, Lewis (1999) Work as a Spiritual Practice, A Practical Approach to Inner Growth and Satisfaction on the Job,New York: Broadway Books
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Wright, Robert (2009) The Evolution of God New York: Little Brown and Company

I believe all human beings have what I call a spiritual dimension to their lives. Within that dimension we know and celebrate relationships, explore meanings, develop our value systems, and experience love. (Gretta Vosper)

I don't reject your Christ, I love your Christ. Its just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ - Gandhi

One love one heart, Let's get together and feel all right- Bob Marley

The true benefit of kindness is being kind. Perhaps more than any other factor, kindness gives meaning and value to our life, raises us above our troubles and our battles, and makes us feel good about ourselves - Piero Fierrucci, The Power of Kindness

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am." - Unknown