Approaches to Your Spiritual Development
Spiritual development, also referred to as spiritual growth, is a very broad concept within personal development training. At its simplest, spiritual development is the pursuit of a more meaningful relationship with life.
A spiritual person is not necessarily a religious person, however. Spirituality is more accurately defined after considering the individual traits and values of each person undergoing personal development exercises. To this end, spiritual development will be defined differently from person to person. For this reason, each individual will need to internally define what spirituality means to them and thereafter, define an approach that is conducive to achieving their personal spiritual development goals.
Why Practice Spiritual Development?
There are four general principles that justify some effort in spiritual development:
- Some experts believe that, in addition to a physical body, we all possess a number of spiritual bodies. Namely, the causal, astral, etheric, and mental bodies. Practicing spiritual development is a way to awaken these energetic bodies.
- Spiritual development can help you attune your body to the world around you. The effect is a sense of heightened sensitivity to your physical and metaphysical world.
- Spiritual development can be helpful in giving you a happier, healthier, and longer life.
- Spiritual development helps you realize for effective goals in personal development training.
Essentials of Spiritual Development
There are many minor actions you can take to promote a positive self-image and practice meaningful spirituality. Many of these actions are centered around simple changes to your diet and lifestyle:
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat a balanced diet rich in cooked vegetables
- Drink at least three quarts of water a day (steam distilled, spring, or tap)
- Practice sexual restraint
- Maintain positive thinking
- Control emotions
- Practice mind and body detoxification
- Avoid toxins like those in recreational drugs and processed foods
There are also larger concepts to keep in mind when practicing spiritual development.
- Remain open to new things You will often judge new ideas based on your experience with old ones. It's natural to use past experience as a warning against potentially harmful activities and thoughts. For example, you might have learned very early that certain signals, like the sensation of heat, often resulted in pain. Keeping this in mind is healthy. But a lack of openness becomes unhealthy when it encourages you to avoid new ideas. You must be able to listen to the ideas of others and open to new learning possibilities.
- Control your thoughts Meditation is a key component of thought control. It's often helpful to take time out of every day to focus on a single meaningful thought, not allowing any other thoughts to enter your mind. With the constant bombardment of thoughts we have every day, it can seem difficult to focus. One estimate by noted speaker and psychologist Darryl Pokea is that the human mind is capable of as many as 60,000 thoughts every day.
- Seek an understanding of beauty It's important to look for inner beauty and positive energy from even the most negative thought or experience. Practice finding positive aspects of our outer reality. Nearly everything we know can be approached with a positive light, and contains some aspects that can be affirmed.
- Practice equanimity The tendency of many people is to seesaw back and forth between strong emotions. A feeling of great joy is contrasted with extreme sorrow. These emotions drive our thoughts and actions, often in an unhealthy way. Seek steadiness in emotions. Although it's natural to be influenced by emotions, strong tendencies one way or another can hinder personal development training.
Although much is said about physical, social and mental health, spiritual health is mentioned far more rarely. This is a shame given that spiritual development is one of the core pillars of personal improvement and growth. Spirituality does not require you to associate yourself with a certain religion (although this is perfectly acceptable too), but rather that you establish a meaningful relationship with your own life.
The rewards of achieving spiritual development are profound, but how do you get started? Sometimes, it feels as though there are more tangible things to worry about first, pushing spirituality to the bottom of your priority list. In reality, spiritual development may be far more important to your overall personal growth than the routine items on your schedule today. LifePath Unlimited offers programs that will open your eyes to a new world of spiritual development, a world whose existence you may not even be aware of yet. Contact us today to learn more, and for a 100% free consultation.