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What does it mean to be spiritual?
Spirituality has become a kind of buzzword in today's culture, especially for the millennial generation. Increasingly, North Americans identify as spiritual as opposed to religious. What is behind the rising popularity of spirituality without religion? Some critics have suggested it is a byproduct of the self-obsessed culture of today, evidence of a narcissism epidemic.

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"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:

"Being spiritual" nowadays signals:
  1. People that believe there is more to the world than meets the eye, more than the mere material. 
  2. People that attend to their inner life (their mental and emotio...

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Understanding the world

Spirituality is a framework for understanding the world. It enables people to make sense of that which, for them, science and religion fail to address: religion because it's outdated and out of tou...

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Outer Space vs. Inner Space

The Dalai Lama once joked: "While the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space". 

Regardless of the veracity of this, it does seem that ...

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'Being spiritual' to millennials

It means acting wisely in the world by first reaching a high level of self-knowledge. 

This is acquired through meditation, self-reflection, and psychotherapy and leads one to bec...

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It's "a reliance on internal resources to provide life with coherence (meaning) and fulfillment” (Baumeister, 1987: 171)."

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Self-Reliance is the topic (and title) of an 1841 essay from US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.

He argues strongly that self-reliance, self-trust, and individualism, amongst other things, are ways that we can avoid the conformity imposed upon us.

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