Religion may involve spirituality, but spirituality does not necessarily involve religion. Here’s how I differentiate (your mileage may vary):

Religion

Relationship with a God or Gods

  • Beliefs
  • Metaphysical or Supernatural Reality
  • Faith
  • Dogma
  • Ritual
  • Prayer
  • Salvation
  • Eternal reward

Spirituality

Qualities of the Human Spirit

  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Patience
  • Tolerance
  • Forgiveness
  • Sense of Responsibility
  • Sense of Harmony
  • Things that bring real happiness to ourselves and others
  • Contentment
  • Joy

Don’t let some lingering resentment or fear of religion scare you away.  The 12-Step Programs are spiritual in nature, but they are not religious.  Although they mention God, they allow you to bring your own.  Are you looking for an excuse to diss recovery, or are you serious about getting on with your life?  Only you can decide.

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