If given a choice, I could spend a lot of time focusing on my own growth. Since I rate spiritual growth as my top personal value, it’s easy for me to devote lots of time to psycho-analysing myself, processing my issues and healing my pains. Admittedly, it can get close to the level of self-indulgence if I don’t watch myself! From time to time, I’m jolted to awareness of how self-centered I have been, to be focusing on my own inadequacies when I could be looking at how to help more people. I then get redirected internally to make it less about me and more about others.
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I remember when I started exploring spirituality many years ago. At that time, I’d been stuck in a space of self-sabotage, anger, control, rigidity and self-despise. Exploring spirituality had enabled me to move out from that negative space and to see that life could be so much more. It taught me great lessons in trust, surrender, abundance, true joy and empowerment – and I lapped up the new experience with great enthusiasm.
But whilst stepping into this new space was a freeing experience, it took many years before I truly understood how to apply those spiritual lessons in my life. Today, I am still learning. Striking a balance between walking in a spiritual world and applying great spiritual lessons in my daily life is a constant challenge that makes my life a stimulating experience. I enjoy making a discovery of yet another level or dimension to a concept that further enriches my life.
In the pursuit of spiritual growth, meeting and learning from the people we come across through our work and social life remains one of the most enriching experiences. Who we surround ourselves with can make a big difference between staying stuck and realising our full potential. The power of that lies in us: we can hang out with people who aren’t growing or we seek the company of those who inspire us to better ourselves.
Of course, we can also learn from those who are stuck. By observing how they live we remind ourselves how we don’t want to live, which would give us more focus and clarity about how we do want to live. Moreover, we can use the emotional responses we have towards them to understand ourselves better.