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Spiritual Compatibility


Spirit, n. [Latin, spiritus, breath, courage, the soul, life,]‘the intelligent, immaterial, and immortal part of man; the soul, as distinguished from the body which it occupies; a person considered with respect to his mental or moral characteristics’


Spiritual, a. ‘pertaining to or consisting of spirit; pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the Divine Spirit; proceeding from or controlled and inspired by the Holy Spirit; holy; sacred; divine; relating to sacred things’

As we can see by the definition of spirit that spirituality does not necessarily pertain to religion, but is very much a part of being human; the spirit is the very life force—the breath of life, without which we would die. We are Spirit; Spirit is us.

Spirituality is a search for completeness within ourselves—mind, body and emotions, and connectivity with others. Spirituality is about recognizing and honouring the sacred part of self, life and the other with whom we choose to share ourselves and our lives. How one honours the sacred can be very individualized or very organized through religious or spiritual practices.

The best relationships happen when the partners have a similar spiritual philosophy and practice honouring spirit together as some part of their daily routine, whether through saying grace at mealtimes, or reading spiritual materials together, or simply honouring the other’s space to allow for a time of quiet meditation. If the couple doesn’t share the same spiritual beliefs and practices this may create difficulties in the years to come. Especially if one partner is from a more strictly religious bent and the other partner has a less structured view of spirituality, the religious partner may take on an attitude of religious superiority, which will inevitably bring needless friction into the relationship. There is no reason why a couple can’t combine the traditions of their religions and honour both.

Questions You Might Ask Yourself About Your Spirituality

  1. Are spirituality and religion different for me? What are those differences?
  2. What are my beliefs about spirituality? Where did they come from?
  3. Do I have any special spiritual practices that honour the sacred in all things? What are they? Do I want to share these practices with my partner?
  4. What, if any religious affiliation do I have?
  5. Do I attend church or synagogue out of desire, or a sense of obligation and duty to the family?
  6. Do I want, need or desire my partner to share in my religious practices?

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