Its what you make it.
For me (again Im new, but still) it is a spiritual practice - as its my focus, and Im approaching everything about the art from that aspect.
So, for me I am able to work on relaxing and patience and being present in the moment and taking the 'good' from it I can.
(Instead of limiting myself by the 'cant-do's' that would be so easy to do.)
So for me it is 'spiritual'.
Kind of like the question in the other thread of 'whose the master in aikido' - you are. Its your take on the art and how you adapt it to yourself. Otherwise your the follower (if your not the master)