Want to know a little secret? Ok, well maybe it’s not a secret, but the purpose of life is to grow spiritually so that we may someday reconnect with our Creator.
Cutting edge technology like modern electronic devices, and the ability to be entertained through television, and the Internet have conditioned us to restrict our attention generally to physical and material needs and desires. Subsequently, our ideas of self-worth have been significantly jumbled.
Is there a way where would we be able to bring the material and spiritual aspects of our lives to harmony?
To grow spiritually is to….
To look inward is really a lot more than looking back at the things that may have happened to you yesterday, last week, or even last year. It’s about reflecting on how you got to where you are today, and why you are the kind of person that you are.
This requires looking carefully and truthfully about the things that motivate you, your thoughts, and your feelings, as well as your beliefs.
However, it doesn’t stop there…
It requires the occasional examining of your life experiences, relationships (not just romantic), the decisions you’ve made and why you made them. Anything that you engage in and life and why should be on the table during your self assessments. This gives you good insight into your life and why you react to and do the things that you do. It helps look at what you need to do to reach your life’s goals, as well as provide clues on how to act, react and conduct yourself in any given situation.
The key to actually getting something out of it is to remember that you must be brutally honest with yourself, but you also must be forgiving of yourself as well. This is not an exercise of placing blame or living with guilt, but one where your goal is to focus on self-improvement.
Develop your potential
Depending on where you look, you will find varying perspectives on matters of the human spirit. A recurring theme in religions worldwide is the Mastery of the self. In the religious teachings, the needs of one’s body and spirit aren’t separated at all. We need to have sound beliefs and morals, that make up our value system. Then act according to those values, which leads to spiritual growth.
When looking at it from a little bit of a different angle, to develop your potential, we as humans, need to understand that in order to do so we have needs that need to be met. Taking a page from Psychology, Abraham Maslow people are motivated to achieve certain needs. In order to grow we need to progress through our basic needs, first to ensure survival and then to achieve growth.
With religion, it seems that self-development is a means toward serving God, while from a psychological or philosophical point of view, it’s a an end by itself.
Combining, strong moral values, along with ensuring that your human needs are being met leads way towards gaining the mindset and vision to help develop your potential.
Find your meaning
While religions may believe that the purpose of life is to serve the Creator of all things, there are several theories within psychology and philosophy that suggest that we ultimately give meaning to our own lives. In order to grow, there must be a purpose to be met, something to achieve, so to speak.
We all gain knowledge and wisdom from our life experiences. This affects our interactions with people, as well as our actions and reactions to the different situations that we find ourselves in. Throughout life, we are continuing to either affirm or reject certain values and beliefs that are brought before us.
There may be issues that you need to heal, and your feeling may be an indicator of that. You’ll know when you’ve healed when you “feel” different about the situation or subject.
Recognize that everything is connected
Whether you think of this concept is nonsense or not, it is still true. If you study any major religion, or spiritual text, this concept is mentioned many times.
Furthermore, religions stress the concept of our relatedness to all creation, and speaks of the relationship between humans and a higher being. Science has also discovered our link to other living things through the evolution theory. Being religious, one may completely dismiss this notion, but advances in Quantum Physics, also speak of this connectedness.
To further this argument, this relatedness is also clearly seen in ecology, which deals with relations or organisms to one another and to their surroundings.
Recognizing your connection with all things makes you more modest, respectful and conscious of individuals, animals, plants, and things in nature. It makes you acknowledge and appreciate everything around you. It moves you to go past your comfort zone and reach out to other individuals and become stewards of all other things around you.