How can you grow spiritually in a world that is defined by influence, money, and power? This is a Herculean task when you consider how modern conveniences like electronic tools, gadgets, and equipment, as well as entertainment through magazines, television, and the web, has predisposed many people to confine their attention to their own physical wants and needs. Our concepts of self-meaning and self-worth have been muddled. How can a person hope to strike a balance between the spiritual and material aspects of modern life?
If You Want To Grow Spiritually, You Must Look Inward
Introspection is not just about recalling things that happened during a certain month, week, or day. You must examine and reflect on your beliefs, motivations, thoughts, and feelings. You need to periodically examine your experiences, the relationship you have, the activities you engage in, and the decisions you make.
This will help provide an insight that is useful to our life goals, the good traits you need to sustain, and the bad traits you must discard.
Introspection can also give you clues on the way you should act, react and conduct yourself in various situations. This is something you can learn, it just takes the willingness and courage to seek the truths within yourself.
Here are some pointers to watch for when you introspect: focus on your chosen area of improvement, be forgiving of yourself, and be objective.
When You Grow Spiritually, You Develop Your Potential
Science and religion have different views when it comes to the human spirit. Religion sees people as spiritual beings that are temporarily residing on Earth. Science views the spirit as one part of an individual. Self-mastery is a recurring theme in Islamic (Eastern) and Christian (Western) teachings.
The body’s needs are recognized however, they are placed under the needs of the spirit. Good works, experiences, rules, morality, values, and beliefs provide a blueprint to ensure spiritual growth.
In Psychology, self-actualization can help a person realize their full potential. Maslow identified the basic human needs including self-transcendence, self-actualization, aesthetic, cognitive, esteem, belongingness, security, and physiological.
Earlier James categorized these needs into three needs: spiritual, emotional, and material. When you’ve satisfied your basic emotional and physiological needs, then you can focus on your existential or spiritual needs. As you achieve each need level it will lead to your development as an individual.