What does this mean? More importantly what does it mean to be Spiritual but not religious? For how can you fill your Spirit without being religious?
I have been thinking and pondering about this lately. When Jesus is tempted after his 40 day fast in the wilderness (or during it, depending on how you translate the Greek), the first temptation is to make food. Satan tells Jesus to make rocks into bread so that Jesus would have something to eat. Throughout the Bible there are references to times when food (real food) through prayer feed everyone. There are instances of manna during the exodus led by Moses; there is the famous or infamous feeding of the 10,000 with the bread and fishes. And yet, Jesus hungry from not eating doesn't break down to Satan's temptation. In fact, we have quite a few mystics 1500-1600s who use fasting as a way to get in touch with their Spiritual side. Even today, during lent many Christians "give up something" in order to "get closer" to God. So what does this ramble mean? Satan wasn't tempting Jesus to make bread out of the rocks to feed Jesus actual hungry - Satan was trying to break down the relationship Jesus had to God (the Spiritual). Satan was trying to break down Jesus' Spiritual health. Jesus went into the wilderness to be with God - to take a break and refresh his own Spirit and soul.
I know that this is such an important lesson. As we are all crazy busy this summer and running around trying to get family day trips packed into busy work weeks it is easy to let ourselves and especially our relationship with God get put on the back burner. It is easier to turn the rocks into bread then to spend time sitting and listening to God's word for us in our lives. But if we aren't in balance - if your whole being isn't in balance then we aren't our best. We just ARE NOT. We would not expect an star runner to run a race with oout stretching their hamstring or a pulled muscle yet we don't take care of our Spiritual health.
And to all of you who are Spiritual but not religious - if you believe in God then you are religious even if you belong to the non-religious aspect of religion. For religion is how we act on our Spiritualism. You might be practicing a mesh of religious practices, you might be denying all together the practice of any but the reality is, even if it is atheism, we are all practicing something.