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Spiritual Growth and Why it Matters

Spiritual growth has always been integral to an individual’s sense of well being. 

Even before mankind has conceptualized the term and digested it in a multitude of ways until it eventually sprung up different methodologies on how one can build upon it.

There are so many that they range from the most mystical to the most practical. But whether you are already treading your own “spiritual path”, or in deep need of spiritual fulfillment, a deep understanding of what spirituality is can be very helpful in more ways than one.

In order for us to fully comprehend what spirituality means, perhaps it is essential that we discuss the meaning of the root word itself, which is spirit. Spirit is an intangible property, one that alludes to something incorporeal, something mysterious and not bound by the material world. The most hailed scholar and physicist, Albert Einstein, alluded to spirituality through these words: “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious — the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” This brings us to the two things that he mentioned — art and science. These two indulgences have dominated human’s consciousness in the process of achieving answers to the mysteries that have confounded us about the universe. These two distinct establishments, polar opposites they may be, have paved the way to advancement in the realm of technology and human awareness.

The search for answers is deeply rooted to our innate need to gain knowledge about ourselves,and how we are connected to everything around us. Mundane activities like fixing a car engine or observing an ant farm are unconscious manifestations of that need, and in consequence, related to spirituality. You only have to read Robert M. Pirsig’s magnum opus, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, to understand what I’m talking about. While this contradicts the idea of spirituality as something not bound in the material world, these physical avenues are helpful channels that allow us to achieve that transcendence, and in turn present to us a peek into the mysterious.

Some individuals achieve spiritual sustenance through the means of meditation. Meditation is a process of serious contemplation, or turning inward to reach a profound state of peacefulness, focus and awareness. The practice of meditation has originated from the Eastern cultures, and has been adapted by the West in the form of prayer. Buddhist monks are astute in their belief that meditation is the way to Enlightenment, which explains the sanguine temperament by which they deal with other people.

A common misconception most individuals make is having the notion that spirituality is exclusive to religion. While it’s true that religion has helped a lot of people to lead spiritual lives, it only represents a few facets that constitute the full meaning of spirituality. Spirituality is a confluence, a heightened understanding of what we are and how we are connected to the whole spectrum of existence, and the discernment that every little thing is equally essential and dependent on each other.

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Cultivating Spiritual Relationships

It has been said that every person in the world is connected to one another in so many ways.

Even with a single activity that one person does, it can totally change the lives of other people, even those he does not know personally. Such a thing is called relationship.

There are different kinds of relationships which people share with one another and one kind is the spiritual relationship. This kind of relationship basically aims for the greatest good for every person involved. It totally transcends every tangible being and matter in the earth and envelops people with the sole purpose of achieving higher things in life.

Disregarding The Physical State

There are many ways by which people may cultivate a spiritual relationship with another being or with other people. Generally, you need to understand that as a human being,you are not only created with a physical body. So, instead of concerning yourself mainly with your physical being, you should remember that your spirituality is much more important. And in order to see your life in a very different perspective wherein you can truly say that you are capable of cultivating a spiritual relationship with another human being, simply take into account making your spirit and your mind much healthier and richer instead of satisfying your physical body into the worldly and material things.

Having Free Will

The second thing that you need to understand is by being a human person; you are entitled to your own free will. This means that you have total control of your life.However, such a thing is not so simple as it may seem; you will have to have control of your mind and consciousness at all times. Having such free will means that in every situation we are in, it is vital that we find some choices on how we should respond to such a situation. We can therefore have either a positive or a negative response; it totally depends on how we react to circumstances. It is when you believe in the spiritual relationship that you are in, that you will know what your choice will be.

Avoid Judging Others

The third thing that you should keep in mind in order to cultivate a healthy spiritual relationship with other people is to avoid judging others. It is definitely important that you do not judge others as if they are much lower than you are for the fact that every human being is created with the same image and likeness as God. Bear in mind that the moment you judge, you will automatically develop an egoistic mind that will absolutely produce negative thoughts inside your head and therefore, lead you to negative actions and pursuits.

Accepting Others For Who They Are

The fourth thing, which you have to do in order to fulfill a spiritual relationship with other human beings is to be able to accept not only yourself, but other people for who they truly are. It is imperative that we accept one another for growth to truly come about to each and every person involved in the relationship. 

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Achieving Spiritual Satisfaction

In a world that is governed mainly by materialism and capitalism, it seems as if there is never enough that a person can own.

Even if a human being has already achieved so much of which mostly are material things, it seems that these things do not entirely satisfy his needs, but rather his wants.

Such a characteristic that primarily describes more than half of the nation, it is therefore important to take action before people destroy one another for the sole benefit of becoming much richer, much more successful or much more beautiful. These people have to realize that all of the possessions and pleasures in life are only temporary, which they can never bring with them when they pass away. However, with a thing called spiritual satisfaction, a person can finally say that he does not want any worldly things to satisfy himself but more of a spiritual wealth.

And while attaining spiritual satisfaction is definitely difficult to reach, such a process is actually the same with people called hermits who choose to live in the mountains in pure solitude and peace. However, considering the world like ours, it is much more difficult nowadays to live like hermits especially that our lives are now basically dominated by materialism. It is then wise that a person does not take being a hermit literally, rather take it as a challenge in order for him to live in simplicity and satisfaction.

Disregarding Quantity

Basically, the first things that you have to do are to think with a divine intelligence and disregard the value of quantity. More often than not, people mistake quantity as the basis for richness and value. However, it is exactly the opposite of it.

Living At The Moment

The second thing that you can do is simply live at the moment. Many people are too concerned with their past or perhaps their future that they soon fail to realize that they are in fact living in the present. Thus, they ultimately forget the value of the things that they have today since they are totally blinded by things that have already happened or have not even occurred yet. In order to live with spiritual satisfaction, you need to live right now and right here without exceptions. Enjoy every moment that has been given to you and make sure that every second and every minute counts for something important. As long as you are aware of this need, then you can definitely develop into a much more satisfied individual.

Accepting That You Are Enough

The third and perhaps the most important part that you should know is that by being yourself, you are already enough. The act of belittling one’s self or perhaps saying that you are not enough can totally hinder you from achieving spiritual satisfaction. As long as you see yourself not worthy, then you are limiting yourself to every possible thing that can come about to you. Remember that as long as you do not see your true image of yourself, then it only means that you are slowly getting farther from the one Creator who has made you from His likeness.