On Travel and Spirituality

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After visiting many distant places, someone may ask why are you doing it. One of the answers could be the search for meaning in your life. Traveling increases your knowledge and boosts your interpersonal skills. Yet have you asked yourself how these travels deal with something bigger than ourselves?

The term ‘spirituality’ has a context as wide as its significance. We seek it to find a purpose in our existence. In addition to that, we use it as a foundation to become a better person. Spirituality is harnessed not only to improve our distinguished talents but also to socialize with others while conquering differences. Furthermore, it helps us accept that our journey in this winding trail called life must come to an end at some point.

It is easy to confuse spirituality with religion. The latter involves worship of a supernatural being or force in a specific way. It also means adhering to a set of customs strictly to attain self-growth, even prestige. Spirituality, on the other hand, simply implies you have a small part to play in the universe. The spotlight goes to a grand design that we cannot see, hear, or touch. Yet we can feel it by making the most of every moment in our lives. This is especially true when we discover more of the world around us. To differentiate these two concepts further, you do not have to be a member of a religious group to experience spirituality. It is enough to believe that we, as human beings, are vulnerable and subject to circumstances whether good or bad.

Simply put, there can be spirituality without religion. However, all faiths are already bound to a much higher system than ourselves. Whether sitting relaxed in a place of worship or yelling loudly at the summit of a mountain, you are keeping in touch with your spirituality. Feel it by going to unfamiliar places. Put some uncertainty in what the future may bring. Admire the beauty of nature and the marvels of human ability. Gain some understanding of the universe through a glance into the lives of other people.

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