My definition of spirituality is a simple one; try to practice love, kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward others and ourselves. However, as you may already know, this isn’t always easy to do. People can irritate us, and we don’t always react well to them. Or worse, someone makes us angry and we blow up at them without any thought of being spiritual, and then later beat ourselves up for the way we acted.
This is understandable in some circumstances of course, after all, the key word here is practice. But even with practice I still get angry with people at times, and don’t always behave in a spiritual manner. This is especially true when I’m tired, or when things aren’t going my on some days. Even on those days though, I still don’t blow up at anyone, as it’s much easier to practice love, kindness, understanding, and tolerance toward others now, than it was a few years ago.
Actually, I got better at practicing this simple spirituality toward myself first, and this is what helped make it easier. However, in reality, I know I can’t love everyone or always understand their behaviors. All I can really do is to try my best to be kind, and if not, at least be tolerant and not respond in a nasty way.
Now this doesn’t mean we need to take shit from people. I know that last statement doesn’t sound very spiritual, but I’m not claiming to be a saint here. I simply try to believe that something created life and the universe for a reason, and practice these things in an effort to grow and become more spiritual.
This may be a simple definition of spirituality, but I believe it’s one that anybody can practice, no matter what their beliefs are.