What’s the difference between being spiritual and being religious?
Religion: Religions are most often based upon the lives, teachings, and beliefs of a historical or archetypal figure (e.g.,)Christ, Buddha, Moses, Krishna, Muhammad). The details of their lives as holy or highly evolved beings have been carried to us across the mists of time through oral tradition and written scriptures. These figures are the subject of worship and devotion and form the foundation of religious practices and rituals in a community.
Spirituality: By contrast, spirituality is more often based upon the practical application of the founder’s teachings. Spiritual aspirants heed the advice of Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.”
@kianna: Religion is about faith. It is a specific set of organised beliefs and practices, usually shared by a community or a group. While Spirituality doesn’t dismiss faith. It is more of an individual practice, and has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose.