Yes or no? I've been thinking about this recently. It occured to me that when you think of a 'spiritual' act, you immediately think of prayer, church rituals or meditation. And I couldn't really imagine doing that without turning to a higher essence like God or something like a World Soul or whatever. They say listening to music can be a spiritual deed, or creating or viewing a piece of art, or a walk in nature, etc. But how are these spiritual, other than making us feel good and at ease with ourselves and the world around us? Is that what being spiritual means? If so, how can we set it apart from normal day-to-day reasoning and feeling? What's the difference between being emotional and being spiritual, between being philosophical and being spiritual? Is there any? Or is it the 'divine' aspect that makes it so? Is 'spiritual' growth for an atheist something comparable to say.. gaining wisdom when it comes to using your reason, and coming to terms with things when talking about emotions? Isn't that what spiritual growth in religion aims for? If that's true, can we make a difference between our day-to-day activities and doing spiritual things? Aren't they simply intertwined with one another, something we do unconciously? ---------------------------------------- Sorry about the rant, was kinda like reasoning with myself :lol: The main question being: Can an atheist be spiritual, or does his lack of a belief in a higher essence like God disqualify him from such a notion? And if so, how?