Wisdom Traditions and Spirituality

WHAT are wisdom traditions?

Throughout time, humans have continued to ask life’s big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing? And often, we’ve turned to the world’s great religions with their sacred texts, cumulative traditions, and meaningful rituals and practices. There is much to be learned, valued, and preserved in these great traditions, whether they belong to us or others. They offer common sense advice, words of comfort, meaningful direction, discernment about what matters most, and they stress moral character, ethical behavior, and personal development.

“Wisdom has deeply essential roots in our race and seems to be the purview of no one time or culture.” – Charles Strohmer

What are not wisdom traditions? 

Our study of the Wisdom Traditions is not about advocating one belief system over another. It is the deep study of various faiths and their stories as we seek to better understand ourselves and others. We believe that what we have in common is far greater than what divides us.

WHAT IS spirituality?

We like Brene Brown’s definition: “Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.” Spirituality may be difficult to describe, but we all seek it and know it when it’s present.

What is NOT spirituality? 

Spirituality is not religion. It is not one belief system, or a set of dogma. Spirituality is what speaks to your soul. It can be found in your experience of a beautiful sunset, a compelling piece of music, or a soul-to-soul conversation with a beloved friend. Spiritual connections can be found anywhere that you feel profoundly moved.

THE INNERWORK CENTER offers programs that explore Wisdom Traditions and Spirituality. Past programs include:

  • Taoism: Living in Harmony

  • Buddhism: Awake and Aware

  • Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

Ask yourself every day, “What touches my soul today?” and “What wisdom can I gain from an ancient text or tradition?”

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