7 Uplifting Books to Help You Understand What Is Spirituality
What is spirituality? What does it mean to be spiritual? Everyone has a different interpretation of what spirituality is. Some people feel that it relates to a god, while others may think it has to do with energy, or connecting to something greater than themselves. What’s important is that you understand your own relationship to spirituality and how it makes you feel. For anyone who’s been curious about the spiritual side of life, you may find it helpful to seek out books about it. The seven books listed below will help you to better understand what spirituality is and, possibly, how it can become a part of your life.
What is Spirituality?
Spirituality has been explored by many different cultures and religions throughout history. In this day and age, spirituality can mean so many different things to different people. But, it’s simple: spirituality is a set of personal beliefs, thoughts, or practices. People often see it as “religion” but it’s not quite the same. Religious beliefs are communal beliefs that are passed down from one generation to the next. Spirituality, on the other hand, is a set of beliefs that people may not always practice in the same way as their parents or grandparents. For example, some people may practice yoga or mediation in a way that their parents and grandparents don’t.
The University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing defines spirituality as “seeking a meaningful connection with something bigger than yourself.” Spiritual people might have a deep reverence for nature, feel a sense of connection to the divine, or believe in the existence of a soul. You may learn that being spiritual is a deeply personal experience—one that can change depending on what time of life you’re going through. In times of hardships or difficult changes, spirituality can put you in harmony with your inner self and your environment. It’s about finding the common thread of goodness and truth inside yourself and in the world around you.
Spirituality defines our core selves, our values, and how we live our lives. And if you’re feeling lost or unfulfilled, these uplifting books can help you find the answers you need to find peace within yourself.
7 Books to Help You Understand Spirituality
Diving into a topic that is as broad as spirituality can be intimidating. Before picking up a book, try to find an area of focus. Now that you know a little more about spirituality, you can try to hone in on one area of it. Perhaps you’re interested in meditative practices or exploring the idea of inner peace or searching for enlightenment. The list we’ve curated below features books that cover different areas and subgenres of spirituality. Pick the ones that speak to you and your spiritual needs.
1. Be Who You Came to Be by Estelle Gillingham
2. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
3. You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
4. The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
5. The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
7. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
What does spirituality mean to you? Some people think spirituality is simply an individual’s personal search for meaning, truth, and one’s place in the world. Others have a much more religious take on the subject. We would love to hear your thoughts on spirituality in the comments! Whatever your views are, there are books that can help you learn more about spirituality. We hope the books listed here, as well as the other spiritual books featured on Freebooksy, will you bring you one step closer to understanding what spirituality is.
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