Spiritual growth is usually associated with religion or taking up some kind of religious doctrine. That is one of the biggest misconceptions of spiritual growth. You don’t need to be religious to grow spiritually. In fact, spirituality and spiritual growth are separate from religion, and a lot of time the people who are the most spiritual are not necessarily followers of a particular religion.
Read on to find out more about what it actually is, and five ways to develop it.
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What is Spiritual Growth
As you found out earlier, spirituality and spiritual growth have nothing to do with religion. Being religious can facilitate the process, but it is not a prerequisite by any means.
So what is it about, you might be wondering?
Spiritual growth is about becoming aware of your inner consciousness. It is about transcending the boundaries of your mind and ego to recognise and realise who you really are. It is about connecting with your inner soul, and about living a more balanced life, in harmony with your feelings, physical being, and your mind and soul.
So how can you grow spiritually? We will look at five ways to do just that next.
Five Ways to Grow Spiritually
Here are five ways you can help yourself grow spiritually:
- Look inward. One of the key aspects of spiritual growth is introspection, i.e. being able to look inward, examine your experiences, relationships, and decisions. Start by reflecting on your thoughts, beliefs, motivations, and feelings. Upon introspection, uphold your good traits and abandon the bad ones.
- Meditate: Meditation is one of the simplest and most effective ways to develop spiritual growth. In fact, you can combine introspection with meditation to boost the impact of both, and develop spiritually.
- Take care of the basic needs: Often the main barriers to spiritual growth are the day to day needs (and demands). When your basic physiological and emotional needs are fulfilled, your spiritual or existential needs come next in line. Your beliefs, morality, values, and experiences will guide you in your quest for spiritual growth. So to grow spiritually, work on being self-actualized, and express and activate all your capabilities. If you want to understand more about how taking care of your basic needs can help lead you to spiritual growth, learn about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
- Seek meaning: We do not just simply exist, our lives have a purpose, and finding (and working on) that purpose can help you grow spiritually. You can utilise your physical, emotional and intellectual potentials to achieve a big goal, reach a meaningful (and impactful) destination. Through the knowledge and wisdom that you gain from your work, connections with people, and experiences, you can seek meaning, and get closer to understanding your purpose.
- Recognise interconnections: We are all interconnected: people. animals, plants, all the things in nature, and more. Everything that exists is a composite of atoms. Once you realise this, you can begin to value everything that’s all around you. You can become a steward of all the things around you, go beyond our comfort zone and reach out to other people. That leads to a connection that goes beyond what you currently may experience, and that greater understanding and connectedness helps you grow spiritually.
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Spiritual growth is not something that happens overnight – it takes time.
The five practices mentioned above will go a long way in helping you develop your spiritual awareness, and help you grow spiritually, but only if you practice them consistently.
On that note, if spiritual and personal growth is of interest to you, check out our essential guide on personal development. That will be a good place to start. You will also benefit from the other articles we have in our personal growth section.
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