Growth. . .
Personal growth is a process of shedding our wrong and unreal concepts, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, and becoming more conscious and aware of our inner being.
Spiritual growth is the process of inner awakening, rising of the consciousness beyond the ordinary, everyday existence, and awakening to some universal truths. It means going beyond the mind and the ego and realizing who you really are. A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth.
A balanced life requires that we take care not only of the necessities of the body, feelings and mind, but also of the spirit, and this is the role of spiritual growth.
Read uplifting books – Think about what you read, and find out how you can use the information in your life.
Meditate for at least 15 minutes every day – If you do not know how to meditate, it is easy to find books, websites or teachers who can teach you meditation.
Learn to calm down your mind – Learn to make your mind quiet through concentration exercises and meditation.
Look within you – Look often into yourself and into your mind, and try to find out what is it that makes you feel conscious and alive.
Think positive – If you find yourself thinking negatively, immediately switch to thinking positively. Strive to be in control of what enters your mind. Open the door for the positive and shift it for learning from the negative.
Develop the happiness habit – Always look at the bright side of life and strive to see the good, funny and positive in everything. This will help you develop a happy state of mind. Happiness comes from within you, when you do not allow negative thoughts and feelings to fill your mind. Do not let external circumstances decide your happiness for you.
Exercise your will power – Exercise often your willpower and decision making ability, even in small everyday matters. Make your own decisions in matters that relate to you personally. This would strengthen you and give you control over your mind.
Be appreciative – Be thankful for your moments and for everything you get or accomplish. Gratitude is powerful in ways large and small.
Between thoughts and responses there is a space. In that space is our ability to choose our reactions, our next steps. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Peace and Love, Jim