Spiritual growth is part of life and as important as the material growth of possessions we experience in our current society.
How can we strike a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of our lives?
Simple, by allowing spiritual growth in your daily life routines, you must look inward, search for your meaning of life and blend it in all your relationships.
Spiritual growth is to look inward.
Introspection goes beyond recalling the things that happened in a day, week, or month.
You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations.
Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals on the good traits you must sustain. The bad qualities you have to discard.
Moreover, it gives you clues on how to act, react, and conduct yourself amid any situation. Like any skill, introspection can be learned; all it takes is the courage and willingness to seek the truths that lie within you.
Here are some pointers when you introspect: be objective, be forgiving yourself, and focus on your areas for improvement.
Spiritual growth is to search for meaning.
Religions that believe in God’s existence, such as Christian, Judaism, and Islam, suppose that the purpose of human life is to serve the Creator of all things.
Several theories in psychology propose that we ultimately give meaning to our lives. Whether we believe that life’s purpose is pre-determined or self-directed, to grow in spirit is to realize that we do not merely exist.
We do not know the meaning of our lives at birth, but we gain knowledge and wisdom from our interactions with people and our actions and reactions to the situations we are in at the moment.
As we discover this meaning, there are certain beliefs and values that we reject and affirm. Our lives have a purpose.
This purpose puts all our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials into use, sustains us during trying times and gives us something to look forward to—a goal to achieve, a destination to reach.
A person without purpose or meaning is like a drifting ship at sea.
Spiritual growth is to recognize interconnections.
Religions stress the concept of our relatedness to all creation, live and inanimate. Thus we call other people “brothers and sisters” even if there are no direct blood relations.
Moreover, deity-centered religions such as Christianity and Islam speak of humans’ relationships and a higher being. On the other hand, science expounds on our link to other living things through the evolution theory.
This relatedness is clearly seen in the concept of ecology, the interaction between living and non-living things.
In psychology, connectedness is a characteristic of self-transcendence, the highest human need according to Maslow.
Recognizing your connection to all things makes you more humble and respectful of people, animals, plants, and things in nature. It makes you appreciate everything around you.
It moves you to go beyond your comfort zone and reach out to other people, and become stewards of all other things around you.
Growth is a process; thus, to grow in spirit is a day-to-day encounter. We win some, we lose some, but the important thing is that we learn, and from this knowledge, further spiritual growth is made possible.
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