Yesterday I went to a day of recollection for priests. It was good to get away and be able to pray and reflect a little. It's a pain to be behind in returning phone calls for a couple of days, but I'm still glad I went.
The presenter was a professor of spirituality. So someone asked him for a definition of it, to tell us what "spirituality" is. I like what he said:
"Whatever you do with your dis-ease, that's your spirituality."
Everyone has a longing heart, a basic experience of incompleteness. We experience ourselves as what Johann Baptist Metz called a "transcendental neediness." Whatever you turn to in that experience, whether it be anxiety, depression, despair, drugs, sugar, video games, alcohol, overwork, abusing others, pornography, sitcoms, celebrity gossip, or maybe even prayer, self-sacrifice, caring for others, humor, or God, that's what's called your spirituality. Some are healthy, some are destructive, and most are some mix of both.