Modern Spirituality Versus Traditional Spiritual Traditions


Many of the characteristics of contemporary spiritual traditions date back to the influence of the modern world and those who have come into it. There is an influence in most philosophies, though it varies from one religion to another.

Yoga is one of the most popular today.

Yoga has been used to help people with stress and has helped many people with general physical problems as well. People have relied on this type of practice as a way to better themselves spiritually. There are many other factors in this modern view of spirituality as well.

Much of the concern about modern spirituality can be traced back to the growing emphasis on technology and the ease with which we have gotten to where we are today. Many of the new methods that are now being introduced are no longer closely linked to the more spiritual methods of the past.

Technology can be used to make things easier to do without the negative view of the past. Many people in the first generation of electronic technology were taught that it was to be used to help people. People now have to understand that the computer and internet have to be used to help in the spiritual evolution of people as well.

This is very important to the spiritual growth of those of us who choose to practice different spiritual traditions. Modern spirituality has provided for the “one size fits all” approach to religion. It is up to the individual to decide which religion will work best for them. Some religions are even non-existent.

Other major religions like Catholicism and Protestantism have found their own version of spiritual development in the modern world. These are not the only religions though.

You may choose to incorporate ancient spiritual traditions into your life as well.

You could have something on the order of a spiritual connection with nature or a local park. If you have a tree in your yard that is giving you a sense of peace and comfort you might want to meditate on it or stand next to it during a special prayer time.

Some of the people who find this kind of thing valuable may consider this a great idea. Others may find it off putting and distracting. In any case you have to decide whether you want to use this form of spirituality to make a change or to just let the process continue.

Mysticism is a thing of the past and modern spirituality is based on more of the scientific view of life. The concept of karma is also dying out as being different forms of thinking about the spirit realm.

There are many reasons why modern spirituality may be on the decline but it is good to remember that it is part of a natural process.

  • If you are trying to make a spiritual journey and you see a lack of growth in your spiritual development, then it might be time to look at some of the changes that have been made to better align the practices with the lessons of the past.
  • Some people are going to use the old ways no matter what, but it is good to make a conscious effort to make things better for yourself.
  • You might be surprised at how your spiritual progress will be affected by modern technology.