Secular spirituality

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Secular spirituality refers to the adherence to a spiritual ideology without the advocation of a religious framework. Secular spirituality may embrace many of the same types of practices as religious spirituality. Secular spirituality emphasises the inner peace of the individual rather than a relationship with the divine. Proponents make a case for a form of secular spirituality in which the motivation is to live happily and/or to help others.[1]


Secular spirituality emphasizes humanistic qualities such as love, compassion, patience, forgiveness, responsibility, harmony and a concern for others.[2]:22 Aspects of life and human experience which go beyond a purely materialistic view of the world, without necessarily accepting belief in a supernatural reality or divine being. Spiritual practices such as mindfulness and meditation can be experienced as beneficial or even necessary for human fulfillment without any supernatural interpretation or explanation. Spirituality in this context may be a matter of nurturing thoughts, emotions, words and actions that are in harmony with a belief that everything in the universe is mutually dependent.

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  1. ^ "The Lost Art of Being Happy; Spirituality for Sceptics" Tony Wilkinson. Findhorn Press 2007. ISBN 1-84409-116-3
  2. ^ Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millennium, NY:Riverhead Books, 1999