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5 Types of Spirituality: Start Your Spiritual Journey Today

November 5, 2020


There are several types of spirituality or spiritual practices, there is spirituality in religion for example, but there is also forms of spirituality outside of religion.

The term Spirituality has come to the forefront of attention with thousands of people searching more practices such as yoga, meditation, self-development, etc.

The types of spirituality we will focus on today mainly are the ones outside of religion.

What you consider to be spiritual may be something different than what I consider to be spiritual.

Our search for the unknown comes from within, it is a search we all go through one way or another.

Here is a definition of Spirituality so we can have a better idea to build upon going forward.

Definition of Spirituality

Simply put, spirituality is a worldview and a way of life founded on the assumption that there is more to life than it meets the eye.

More to the cosmos than just mechanics without meaning; more to consciousness than the brain's impulses, and more to our creation than the body and its needs.

Spiritual practices typically involve believing in a higher level of the universe's intellect or consciousness, as well as life after death.

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Traditions and Types of Spirituality

There are several types of spiritual practices nowadays, some of these are almost as old as humanity.

I have been in my own spiritual journey for almost 20 years now, starting with religion through family traditions and then finding my own truth and path later on.

I have come across some practices such as Buddhism, Islam, Christianism, Yoga, New Age teachings, etc. From these, I have taken what benefits me and what makes sense intellectually and energetically.

Many similar practises, values and priorities are shared by these traditions, and yet there are profound variations in approaches, convictions and worldviews. 

This post is my attempt to bring it all together and provide a summary of the common aims and practises of various spiritual paths.

Just remember that you do not need to follow a specific religion to develop spirituality in your life.

You can develop it and connect to the spiritual world using some practices we will mention further down.

If are struggling with guidance at this very moment, I invite you to check our other article on ways to receive guidance HERE.

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Why Developing a Spiritual Practice is Important

Having read tons of books, listened to many interviews and podcasts as well as teachings from spiritual leaders around the world.

I noticed that each person usually starts their spiritual journey for personal reasons; but among these, the following reasons were the most common:

  • It gives them a sense of purpose and direction

We all search for more in life, more meaning, more life, more satisfaction.

Regardless of whether we are in life, we are always searching for a reason and a purpose to exist that is greater than our day to day lives.

Spirituality is a quest for meaning in life, for purpose and direction.

It fulfils our need to, in the light of a wider sense, have a reason to live, a course or way of life. Also, it speaks to the need for something greater than our ego and individual life to be "associated" with.

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  • Spirituality helps them connect to themselves, the universe and what they believe in to be a greater intelligence

We want to receive and give unconditional love to feel full, which gives a sense of utter acceptance and pleasure to be alive.

This quest can also be expressed as a return to the source, to Heaven, or a sense of holiness.

  • it helps them grow emotionally and of course spiritually

In all of us, there is an inherent desire to develop, to change, to reach the limits, to achieve our full potential.

The drive to grow and learn constantly, to live a life that is true to our reality, to improve our minds, to cultivate virtues, and to broaden our consciousness.

  • it helps them overcome trauma and past/present sufferings or struggles

It is a wise way of pursuing a better life, because suffering is a mental phenomenon, and spiritual activities are a means of changing one's mind.

There is a drive, therefore, to internally achieve happiness and harmony. Or at least to decrease the pain we are going through.

Spirituality allows one to achieve equilibrium, freedom from external circumstances, and a greater recognition of life.

My spiritual journey also helped me cleanse my energetic and spiritual life, for more tips on that, click HERE.

  • self discovery

It is something that speaks to our hunger for understanding, experience, and adventure, to delve into one's own consciousness and explore other facets of life.

Learning life and nature's mysteries, discovering the sacred, and living with a feeling of wonder.

If none of the above reasons spoke to you at all about why you are searching spiritual practices, that is completely fine.

We all have our own reasons that the why is not as important as the willingness to just start a practice.

I believe that the process and the diving into it is the most important.

Instead of focussing on the names and titles of the different types of spirituality, we will cite some general ones that you might have already heard of.

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Different Spiritual Practices

According to what drives us to spirituality, and the aim we are pursuing, each spiritual practise should serve a definite purpose.

It is not a matter of continuing a tradition or doing anything because we believe we should, but of consciously pursuing our inner world, guided by a particular question, thirst, or goal.

These are different practices you may or may not be familiar with:

  • Singing a mantra or also called Chanting

A mantra is a sacred expression, a multiple tone, a syllable, phrase or a collection of Sanskrit words believed to have divine, mystical or spiritual powers in Hinduism by practitioners.

Some mantras have a precise definition and a language structures, while others do not have a syntactic structure.

Chanting can be used as a way of prayer, analysis, and concentration of the mind in preparation for meditation on certain routes.

It is used in devotionals to create feelings of submission and devotion; main texts are often sung in other traditions instead of being read, as an aid for memorization and contemplation.

  • meditation

Meditation is a method where an person uses a technique to train concentration and consciousness.

Also, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally relaxed and stable state, such as mindfulness, or concentrating the mind on a single object, feeling, or action.

Meditation is a common practice in several traditions and religions.

In the Vedas, the earliest accounts of meditation (dhyana) are found, and meditation plays a prominent role in Hinduism and Buddhism's contemplative repertoire.

Asian meditative methods have spread to other cultures since the 19th century, where they have also found use in non-spiritual situations, such as commerce and wellness.

Learn how to reach a meditative state and activate your natural relaxation response in just 7 minutes.

  • breath work

For different breathing techniques, breathwork is a post modern term in which intentional breath control is said to affect the mental, emotional or physical state of a person, with a purported healing effect.

This can be used with the intention to to cure, energise, purify, relax, etc.

It is also recommended as a meditation training practise, which is more gentle and specific.

Some common practices include pranayama from Yoga and the qigong from Daoism.

  • prayer

Prayer is an expression or act which, through deliberate communication, seeks to trigger a relationship with an object of worship.

The word refers to an act of supplication or intervention in the narrow sense, aimed at a deity (a god) or a sainted ancestor.

More broadly, prayer may also have the aim of displaying gratitude or appreciation, and more abstract forms of meditation and charms or spells are closely connected with comparative religion.

This practice is also included in different religions and traditions, there are different formats to prayer, but I believe it is more about the connection you have to whom you are praying to.

You can pray seating down, kneeling, repeating verses or mantras. This is a powerful prayer that has helped thousands of people get miracles in their lives.

See below this powerful video on how to pray:

  • service

It can be an indication of one's spiritual devotion to serve the world, be it other spiritual practitioners, or society at large.

Feeding the needy, scripture translation, sponsorship of online groups, etc.

It is not so much the type of work performed that makes it "spiritual," but the mindset, heart, and purpose behind everything.

Final Thoughts on Types of Spirituality

As mentioned previously, spirituality can be a very personal practice and its purpose should be to help, therefore, you ought to find something that makes sense to you.

I believe in constant progress, you will not become a 'spiritual' being overnight. I hope this article on types of spirituality has helped you get a better insight on the different spiritual practices.

A constant practice will definitely help you switch your mind from more material things to spiritual if that is what you are looking for, as an example.

Search for the best practice which fits your life and start. Get familiar with it.

The more people awaken to these, the more connected to each other and to the Universe we become.

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