Updated: May 21, 2020
The definition you give to a spiritual journey will be deeply personal and ever changing. The good news is you get to define it as you go.
The meaning of a spiritual journey can only be defined by how you experience it. There are probably thousands of different versions and teachings available with a quick google search.
One of the most common questions that I get from clients and friends is "what is the difference between religion and spirituality. Once again, you can google this one and get many different points of view.
In my opinion, spiritually is a journey of self discovery, whereas religion is meant to teach you a specific doctrine. Neither is good or bad, it really only matters that you choose what is right for you.
The best way I can describe the meaning of a spiritual journey is to give you a snapshot of my journey so far.
I didn't make the decision to embark on a spiritual journey, I didn't choose it. I believe it was chosen for me. It feels almost wrong to give you a date of when I started my spiritual journey, it feels more correct to say I have always been on a spiritual journey.
I became aware of the journey about 8 years ago. It started with my desperate need to cure severe anxiety that had completely debilitated my life. At the time I had quit my corporate career, I was barely present for my little kids, and I was in crisis.
I don't know why I found myself looking for answers at the book store. I was not a big fan of books, unless glossy magazines count!
Looking back now, I believe I was guided to that book store.