“The distinction between religion and spirituality is often blurred and can be difficult to define. Religion is typically thought of as comprising of a set of beliefs and practices concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and often involving a code of ethics and a community of believers. Spirituality, on the other hand, is often seen as a more individualized and personal practice, focused on one‘s own connection to nature. There is much overlap between religion and spirituality, and many people see them as interconnected. However, there are also some key differences. For instance, while religion is often based on a shared set of beliefs, spirituality is more concerned with one‘s own personal beliefs and experiences. Religion also typically involves organized groups and institutions, while spirituality is often seen as a more individualized practice. There is no single right or wrong answer when it comes to religion vs. spirituality. What matters most is what works for you and helps you to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. If you find that both religion and spirituality play a role in your life, there is no need to choose between them. You can simply embrace both as part of your journey.” (TEWAI)
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