Spiritual Growth: the Spiritual Challenge of Modern Times
It is a Herculean endeavor to cultivate one’s spirituality in a society that is characterized by power, money, and influence.
We are more likely to focus our attention on our material requirements and preferences as a result of the many conveniences afforded to us by modern technology, such as electronic devices, tools, and other devices, as well as the amusement provided by television, periodicals, and the internet.
As a direct consequence of this, our ideas on the value and significance of the self are jumbled. How do we find a balance in our lives between the things that are material and the things that are spiritual?
Introspection is the Key to Spiritual Development
Remembering the events of a day, week, or month is just the beginning of what may be learned through introspection. You need to take a careful look at your ideas as well as your emotions, beliefs, and the things that motivate you.
Your life experiences, the choices you make, the connections you have, and the activities you participate in may give you helpful insights into your life objectives, including the positive characteristics you must continue to cultivate and the negative characteristics you must rid yourself of.
In addition to this, it provides you with hints on how to behave, respond, and carry yourself when you are in the thick of any given circumstance. Introspection is a talent that can be learned just like any other ability; all that is required is the desire to look inside oneself for the truth and the confidence to do so.
When you are doing some introspection, here are some things to keep in mind: Be impartial, have self-forgiveness, and focus your attention on the aspects of your game that need work.
To Grow Spiritually is to Develop Your Potentials
Both religion and science have distinct points of view when it comes to questions concerning the human soul. Religion sees humans as spiritual beings that are temporarily inhabiting earthly bodies, but science sees the spirit as only one facet of an individual’s identity.
Both Christian (Western) and Islamic (Eastern) teachings emphasize the need to develop one’s capacity for self-mastery. The demands of the body are acknowledged but given secondary importance to the requirements of the soul.
Beliefs, values, morals, laws, experiences, and good deeds serve as the blueprint for the development of the spiritual being, and they are essential to its progress. Self-actualization refers to the process by which an individual reaches his or her entire potential.
Maslow defined a number of different requirements that humans have, including physiological, belongingness, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self-actualization, and self-transcendence needs. Earlier, James divided these requirements into three distinct categories: material, emotional, and spiritual.
After the most fundamental physical and emotional requirements have been met, the next step is to address any spiritual or existential concerns.
The person will only reach their full potential if all of their needs have been satisfied. It’s possible that the conclusion of one’s quest for self-improvement is what sets these two faiths apart from psychology.
In contrast to the perspective held by psychology, which views self-improvement as an aim in and of itself, the worldviews of Christianity and Islam consider self-development as a path toward serving God.
To Grow Spiritually is to Search for Meaning
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are examples of religions that subscribe to the hypothesis that the aim of human life is to be of service to the being who was responsible for the creation of everything in the universe.
In the end, we are the ones who provide meaning to our lives, according to a number of psychological theories. Whether we feel that the purpose of life is something that is predetermined or something that is self-directed, growing in spirit means coming to the realization that we are more than just beings that exist.
We are not born knowing the purpose of our existence, but through our relationships with other people and the choices and responses we make in response to the circumstances we find ourselves in, we may grow in both knowledge and wisdom.
As we get closer to understanding this meaning, there are certain ideas and ideals that we come to reject and others that we come to support. There is a meaning to our lives.
This purpose makes use of all of our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials; it supports us through difficult times; and it provides us with something to look forward to—a goal to accomplish, a destination to attain. A life without direction or significance is analogous to a ship that is aimlessly adrift at sea.
To Grow Spiritually is to Recognize Interconnections
The idea that we are connected to everything that was created, including living and nonliving things, is central to the world’s major religions. As a result, we often refer to other individuals as our brothers and sisters, even when there is no actual tie by blood.
Additionally, religions that base their beliefs on a god, such as Christianity and Islam, discuss the connection that exists between humanity and a higher entity. On the other hand, the evolutionary hypothesis provides scientific insight into how we are connected to other forms of life.
This interconnectedness is made abundantly obvious by the idea of ecology, which describes the interactions that take place between living and nonliving entities. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the ultimate level of human need is self-transcendence, which is characterized by connectivity in psychology.
When you realize that you are connected to everything else, it makes you more modest and appreciative of other people, animals, plants, and objects that are found in nature. It teaches you to enjoy everything that’s going on in your surroundings.
It motivates you to go beyond your comfort zone, make connections with new people, and become a good steward of all the other things in your environment.
Because maturation is a process, spiritual maturation must be approached as a daily challenge. We achieve some of our goals, and we fall short of others; nonetheless, what is most essential is that we continue to develop intellectually and spiritually as a result of these experiences.
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