Spirituality is everywhere. It is a deeper peaceful feeling and connection that often transcends the physical part of us. To some people spirituality is believing in a higher power, and is a religious experience, to others it can mean connecting to nature, art or even connecting to their bodies through meditation. You may find you can relate to all types of spirituality, depending on your mood or on what you feel you spiritually need. All of these can be interconnected, but below we will break them down to understand the different ways people can experience spirituality.
1 - Mystical Spirituality - This type is focused on the intuitional part of the soul. Mystics believe every experience in life is connected on a greater level. 'Every experience goes beyond the material or physical world, and everything can be brought into one greater unity'. It believes that everything happens for a reason. A greater explanation that connects all experiences. It connects to and claims insight to experiences transcending human knowledge. Some mystics also claim to have direct communication from other unearthly realms. Examples of mystics are monks and prophets.
2 - Authoritarian Spirituality - This type believes in a hierarchical structure of some sort. It claims that the beliefs or way of life under this category is the absolute truth, and is usually associated with Religion. It typically involves submitting fully to a higher power/God.
3 - Intellectual Spirituality - The fundamental belief behind this category is knowledge. Intellectually spiritual people are almost like 'sponges' to spiritual related knowledge and theories. They seek it, absorb it and analyse what they learn. Any knowledge that helps people improve their spirituality is a form of intellectual spirituality.
4 - Service Spirituality - This is the most common way for people to get in touch with their spirituality as people feel the most spiritual when they serve others. There are different methods to achieve this, but it mainly consists of giving or being of service without expecting anything in return. For example, charitable or voluntary work.
5 - Social Spirituality - When searching for a greater purpose in life, socially spiritual people will surround themselves with others that inspire them spiritually or are on the same journey. This can take form in joining a religious group/community or by joining yoga/meditation classes or even taking part in group hiking/nature activities. This can give someone a sense of community and encourage them when on their spiritual journey.