There are valid distinctions between spirituality and religion, but there are also unnecessary distinctions, which tend to divide.
Unfortunately, given the extremes associated with religion, religion is often seen as negative, whereas spirituality is exalted with all that is positive. That said, Buddhism and Taoism, which are often seen as positive, but there are features of other forms of religion such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity, which are often seen as negative.
Religion is a longstanding institution that exerts control through its traditions and rituals, instils morality and has the capacity to encourage ego through its ideologies and traditions. Spirituality has nothing to do with religion.
Spirituality is innate. We are born with an intuitive knowing of ourselves of other people, of nature and how the world works. As adults not all of us will develop or want to embrace a spiritual understanding. Babies and children automatically have that innate understanding without having to be told or taught, but as they grow they lose it as they begin to embrace earthly trappings.
Spirituality encompasses all facets of a person’s life, but whereas spirituality is a chosen lifestyle, religion is often forced. Spirituality comes from deep within us. It cannot be sought through outside influences. It’s a lifestyle choice, which embraces compassion, empathy, conciliatory intimations, mutual acceptance and respect, which relate to the world and the people around us.
Spirituality cannot be found in a traditional church, but its teachings are practiced in a community, but is not considered religious or a religion.