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The Role of Spirituality in Contemporary Youth Culture: A Gen Z Perspective

Hi there, fellow wisdom seekers! It’s Sophie here, coming to you with another dose of Illusions of Wisdom. Today, we’re going to delve into a topic that’s been buzzing around my mind lately – the role of spirituality in contemporary youth culture. And yes, before you ask, this has a lot to do with me trying (and failing) to keep up with my own meditation routine.

Let’s start by getting one thing straight – when I say ‘spirituality’, I’m not necessarily talking about religion. Whilst they can be connected, spirituality for many Gen Zs is more about personal growth and understanding the world around them. It’s about seeking answers to life’s big questions and finding a sense of peace amidst the chaos that is our modern world.

Nowadays, it seems like everyone from your local barista to your favourite influencer is talking about mindfulness and meditation. But why? What has sparked this sudden interest in spirituality amongst young people?

I believe it comes down to three main factors: the search for authenticity, the influence of social media and our increasingly uncertain world.

Firstly, let’s talk authenticity. We Gen Zs are all about being real and embracing who we truly are – warts and all! Spirituality offers us an avenue to explore our inner selves without judgement or expectations. It allows us to connect with our true essence and find peace within ourselves.

Next up is social media. Yes, it can be a hotbed for comparison and self-doubt (believe me, I’ve been there), but it also provides a platform for sharing ideas and sparking conversations about topics like spirituality. From Instagram posts promoting yoga retreats in Bali (I’m still saving up for that one) to TikTok videos explaining the basics of Buddhism, spirituality is everywhere on social media.

Finally, there’s the biggie – our uncertain world. Climate change, political unrest, economic instability… it’s enough to make anyone feel anxious. Spirituality offers a way for us to cope with these anxieties and find inner peace amidst the turmoil.

So how can we incorporate spirituality into our own lives? It could be as simple as taking five minutes each day to meditate or journal, or perhaps trying out a yoga class (virtual ones count too!). You might even want to explore different spiritual practices from around the world – I’ve personally been dabbling in mindfulness techniques from Asia and finding them incredibly calming.

Remember, spirituality is a personal journey. There’s no ‘right’ way to be spiritual – it’s all about finding what works for you and brings you peace. So why not give it a go? Who knows, you might just find your zen in this crazy world of ours!


Sophie is a vibrant and multifaceted individual who beautifully intertwines her diverse heritage, with her contemporary interests and beliefs. A passionate devotee of weight training, Sophie finds strength and empowerment in her physical regimen, which aligns seamlessly with her deeply spiritual nature. This spiritual depth is a cornerstone of her character, informing her perspectives and enriching her approach to life's challenges and joys.

In her professional life, Sophie has carved out a niche as a junior author for the thought-provoking blog, "Illusions of Wisdom." Here, she expertly delves into issues that resonate with Generation Z, offering insightful, articulate, and nuanced perspectives. Her writing not only reflects the pulse of her generation but also echoes the wisdom and sensitivity of someone deeply connected to their cultural roots and personal passions. Whether discussing mental health, environmental concerns, or the evolving landscape of digital interactions, Sophie's voice is both a guiding light and a mirror for her peers.

Her work on "Illusions of Wisdom" is characterised by a rare blend of authenticity and analytical acumen, making her a beloved figure among her readers. As Sophie continues to explore and express her multifaceted identity through her writing, she remains an inspiration to many, embodying the spirit of a generation that values both strength and introspection.

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