can you be religious and spiritual at the same time

There are many people I have heard saying "I am not religious, I am spiritual" but I do not understand why they fear being labeled as being religious but not spiritual.

There are many people who explain this by saying they do not want to be under the rules and regulations of religions because spirituality has none. 

 So, can a person be both religious and spiritual?

Yes, a person can be both religious and spiritual at the same time. 

You can live your spiritual life and be religious by agreeing or disagreeing with the beliefs of religion and following the spiritual truths. Spiritualty and religions both offer a path to God-realization

Let's find out how can you practice being both religious and spiritual.

    How You Can Be Religious and Spiritual?

    First, you should understand that there is no one path towards God-realization. You can realize God while being religious and also by being spiritual.

    Here's how you can be both religious and spiritual.

    1. Read Religious Texts

    In order to understand religion and spirituality deeply, try to read books of any religion you love.

    There are many books you can read and trust me you'll gain a lot of knowledge about the real truths of religion because honestly nowadays the so-called "Preachers" of religions misguide people.

    2. Practice Meditation

    By practicing meditation you can be both religious and spiritual at the same time. 

    You can do rituals and meditate because in this way you are doing both outwardly(religious activity) and inwardly(spiritual activity).

    3. Realise That God is Everywhere

    Understand the truth that God is all-pervading and he is present everywhere. The air you breathe, the rain you enjoy, the soil, sun, water you drink, etc, God is present. 

    I hear people saying religion is bad you cannot realize God but you can if you have faith. 

    I don't support idol worshiping but I understand that not everyone can pray in the same way. 

    Some people love idol worshiping but some don't and that's fine because it doesn't matter, God is everywhere.

    Remember that a religious person can be spiritual and a spiritual person can be religious at the same time, what he needs is a proper understanding of both.

    4. Embrace What You Like

    Be it religious practices or spiritual embrace what you like. 

    If you don't find something useful just avoid it because at the end of the day you should do what you love. If you love doing rituals dop it if you don't do it. 

    But just pray to God in whatever way you like.

    Just believe in God because that's important. In order to be religious and spiritual one must embrace the way one likes to be close to God because there is no rule book.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, you are what you choose to be. 

    You can be both religious and spiritual at the same time if you understand what they actually are and yes it's possible to be both.

    Well, in my opinion, being both is a bonus because it will give a bigger understanding and perspective in understanding what is God and how can one realize him

    I hope you loved this article, feel free to ask questions in the comment section.