Spiritual growth is a process of shedding our wrong and unreal concepts, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, and becoming more conscious and aware of our inner being. This process uncovers the inner spirit that is always present, but hidden beyond the ego-personality.
Spiritual growth is the process of inner awakening, rising of the consciousness beyond the ordinary, everyday existence, and awakening to some Universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and the ego and realizing who you really are.
- Spiritual growth is of great importance for everyone, in all walks of life.
- Spiritual growth is the basis for a better and more harmonious life for everyone, a life free of tension, fear, and anxiety.
- Spiritual growth helps us learn not to let circumstances and people to affect our inner being and state of mind. It helps us manifest composure and detachment, and display inner power and strength, which are useful and important tools that everyone need.
Spiritual growth is not an excuse for escaping from responsibilities. It does not mean behaving in a strange and weird manner, or becoming an impractical person. It is a method of growing and becoming a stronger, happier and a more responsible person.
A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth.
10 Tips for Spiritual Growth
1. Read spiritual and uplifting books. Think about what you read, and find out how you can use the information in your life.
2. Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day. If you do not know how to meditate, it is easy to find books, websites or teachers who can teach you meditation.
3. Learn to calm down your mind. Learn to make your mind quiet through concentration exercises and meditation.
4. You are more than your body. Acknowledge the fact that you are a spirit with a physical body, not a physical body with a spirit. If you can accept this idea, it will change your attitude toward people, life, and the events and situations you go through.
5. Look within you. Look often into yourself and into your mind, and try to find out what is it that makes you feel conscious and alive.
6. Think positive. If you find yourself thinking negatively, immediately switch to thinking positively. Strive to be in control of what enters your mind. Open the door for the positive and close it for the negative.
7. Develop the happiness habit. Always look at the bright side of life and strive to see the good, funny and positive in everything. This will help you develop a happy state of mind. Happiness comes from within you, when you do not allow negative thoughts and feelings to fill your mind. Do not let external circumstances decide your happiness for you.
8. Exercise your will power. Exercise often your willpower and decision making ability, even in small everyday matters. Make your own decisions in matters that relate to you personally. This would strengthen you and give you control over your mind.
9. Thank the Universe. Give thanks to the Universe for everything you own and for everything you get or accomplish.
10. Be a more patient and tolerant person. Showing tolerance, patience, tact and consideration for others make you a better person, and expand your awareness and consciousness beyond the ego.
Spiritual growth is the birthright of everyone. It is the key to a life of happiness and peace of mind, and to manifesting the enormous power of the spirit within you.
This spirit is equally present within the most material person, and within the most spiritual person. The level of the manifestation of spirituality is dependent on how much the inner spirit is close to the surface, and on how much it is hidden by our thoughts, beliefs and negative habits.
“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”
– Ramana Maharshi
“It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
– Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
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