Great question, amyrpk! I think of "religion" as simply a set of rules and/or practices that are intended to draw one closer to the divine. Everyone has a spiritual nature and there are certain practices, such as meditation, rituals, chanting, etc. that arouse our spiritual sides.And certainly, having a set of reasonable rules helps us live better lives. Which is why I think there are so many religions, all of which are attractive and beneficial in a way to those that follow them.
The "religious" part of my relationship with God would include such things as communion, baptism, weddings, and attending church.