Definition of  “Spiritual Discipline” 

A Spiritual Discipline is an intentional, thought-focusing, habit-changing or habit-reinforcing technique that a person consistently, strategically and systematically uses to assist them to hold their attention on a desired path or goal rather than any other path or goal and to stay on that chosen path or goal in clear opposition to any contrary thoughts, momentary urges, compulsions or feelings that would distract them from or drive them off that chosen path or goal.

In this sense, every consistently used, focused effort of one’s mental force to achieve a desired way of thinking and doing is a spiritual discipline. In other words, a spiritual discipline is a strategical choice to engages one’s mind to think systematically and consistently in a certain way rather than another way and, thereby, to act in a certain way rather than any other way and to continue to think and act in that way rather than another way.

For example, listen and understand first before speaking would be a spiritual discipline if it is continuously used throughout the day as a strategical guideline for one’s behavior, creating self-correction after failure and calm self-rejoicing when followed.

However, if listen and understand first before speaking is not systematically and consistently used as a strategical thinking /behaving guideline, it is merely wishful thinking, an illusion or, at best, a good slogan; but it is not a spiritual discipline. 

Judge for yourself if you have any real spiritual disciplines or just a lot of slogans and wishful thinking. 

Definition of  “Spirituality”

A Spirituality is a person’s worldview or their belief or set of beliefs about the meaning and purpose of their life.  

A person’s worldview, their beliefs as to the meaning and purpose of life, is their spirituality and that spirituality can be theologically, philosophically, politically, ideologically, culturally, sacred texts, historically, experientially and/or otherwise informed and grounded. 

A person with a mature spirituality has a clear vision as to the meaning and purpose of their life and can, therefore, more easily choose those spiritual disciplines that will help them realize their  spirituality, their worldview as to the meaning and purpose of their life.

A person without a well-defined spirituality or a clear worldview as to the meaning and purpose of their life tends to lack sufficient motivation to consistently and systematically use spiritual disciplines. Clearly , if one does not know where they are going or the purpose of their life, spiritual disciplines make little or no sense.  Why discipline yourself when you do no not know which habits to keep and which habits to change. The probability is that such a person will follow pleasure stimuli and other compulsive behaviors and inconsistent or fragmentary thought patterns about the meaning and purpose of life.


                     |Table of Contents | Jesus: Seek First God’s Will | | Notes on God’s Will  | 

                      |  Definition: Spiritual Discipline (SD) & Spirituality (S) |  | Relationship SD & S

                      | Relationship MDB Spiritual Disciplines & MDB Spirituality | Bad Habits & Sin

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