The success of films like Eat Pray Love reveal we are more in touch with our spirituality than we might admit. Increasingly, people are deciding to take a path of spiritual discovery, exploring a side of our humanity many of us may not think much about. Yet, when we do decide to accept that we are not just a physical body, we may choose to go on a path of spiritual self-discovery.
Here are three keys to creating spiritual growth to guide your journey.
Do not be afraid to think outside the box. Expand your mind to the unseen world.
This first key is self-explanatory. There can be no spiritual growth without acknowledging there is more out there than the physical dimension of our existence.
Spend as much time considering how to care for yourself spiritually as you care for yourself physically.
We spend a lot of time and money ensuring the health of our physical being. Many of us follow the latest fad diet and spend countless dollars and hours at the local gym, working to look our physical best. We try to adopt a balanced diet and make good lifestyle choices.
The second key to creating spiritual growth is to prioritize the choices of how we will spend our day and the things we choose to do each day. Just as there cannot be good physical health if we do not commit to healthy living, there can be no spiritual health and growth if we do not commit to spiritual health.
Reading about spirituality will not create spiritual growth. Healthy body growth results from exercising our bodies. Healthy spiritual growth results from exercising our spirit.
We have all heard the old saying “no pain, no gain.” This saying can apply to spiritual growth just as it does to physical and intellectual growth.
The third key to creating spiritual growth is to spend time exercising one’s spirit. This is accomplished by asking three tough questions:
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going?
- How will I get there?
It’s a personal choice – whether we choose a religious or other path – to find the answers. Unless we are willing to consider these questions and what they mean to us personally, there can be no spiritual growth.