People just want to describe the mushy feelings they get about the world around them. They also like to *believe* in stuff like karmatic (sp?) justice, and that our little actions have far-reaching consequences.
It kind of annoys me to hear the term tossed around, but on the other hand, I can understand where they're coming from. I love visiting places where there are cave paintings and rock drawings, for example, and contemplating the passage of the seasons and how important it used to be for people to pay attention to nature. It's still important, but we're more easily able to ignore the seasons and the weather these days.
It's fun to find patterns and notice coincidences in events and such, but I'm always aware that when I do so, I'm indulging in supernatural thinking. "So many moody people at work today- oh yeah, must be the full moon," that kind of thing.
I got a money charm from Chinatown a few months ago, and right after putting it on my wallet, we got a five-figure check from Unclaimed Funds. Granted, that check was a couple years in the works (filling out forms etc.) but I have fun telling people about the charm! Do I sincerely believe it? No. I tell grown-ups this story; if I ever tell a kid, it would include a disclaimer.
People's actions change themselves, and in that sense there's karma. Being good or evil affects our connection with the rest of humanity, and we do better when that connection has love in it.
Being spiritual is "Relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things: I’m responsible for his spiritual welfare" according to Oxford Online dictionary.
Atheists do not believe in the existence of human soul. An atheist therefore cannot be spiritual.
Atheists do not believe in the existence of human soulI do. Unfortunately our souls are mortal, so far as I know.