How do you express your spirituality?
Posted on April 30, 2014
Spirituality = the internal experience of an individual
Like Oprah says in the quote above, spiritual doesn’t necessarily mean religion, but I’ve found it’s a helpful place to start.
This year for Easter I went to a church completely different than I had ever been to before. I attended a midnight Easter service at a Russian Orthodox church.
Russian Orthodox is the most traditional sects of Christianity I’ve ever heard of- even more than Catholicism. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined myself enjoying a service like this, until I talked to my cousin’s wife who grew up going to this church. Her enthusiasm about why they follow their traditions and hold their service is what piqued my curiosity enough to attend. She explained that the melodic chanting of the priests and choir is meant to be peaceful and repetitive so that you can focus internally on your own conversation with God. This form of worship reminds me of my favorite quote from the book Eat, Pray, Love: Praying is talking to God, but meditating is listening.
Just like you should talk to locals and get their opinions on various topics when you travel, you should talk to people at church and truly understand the reasoning behind their traditions and faith too. Denominations don’t necessarily mean a difference in religious beliefs, but often times just a difference in expressing their spirituality.
Learning about a new religious sect taught me about a new culture closer to home, and expanded my thinking about how to express my own spirituality.