As we advance through the various stages of life, one’s need for spiritual connection becomes priority. But I don’t need to tell you the importance of spirituality and embracing the promptings of your soul – you already know of that.
What you might not know, however, is that obstacles blocking your spiritual growth will constantly arise, stopping you dead in your tracks.
Think of low vibrations and energies, unexpected circumstances and limiting beliefs.
If you feel as if you’re not making any progress during your spiritual journey, then this brief guide can give you the direction you need to make that spiritual breakthrough!
Here are 7 ways you can grow spiritually and holistically – all by simply expanding your consciousness.
1. Express gratitude
Simple enough, right? Just remind yourself to be thankful, and everything changes! Well, not quite.
Plenty of spiritual seekers think expressing gratitude ends there – but it’s so much more than that.
It’s the first step towards thinking beyond yourself. When you make an active effort to express gratitude for all the things you have in your life, your consciousness shifts from a state surrounding “me” to a state surrounding “everything else but me”.
It forces you to turn a blind eye to all the negativity of things you don’t have and focus on the positivity of the things that you do have.
Express gratitude for the littlest things in life – fresh air, clean water, your loved ones, and having enough resources to still be breathing.
Within mere weeks after practicing gratitude and appreciation, you’ll begin notice a significant difference in how you feel – both internally and externally. In due time, your understanding of spiritual growth will be greatly enhanced.
Too many spiritual seekers busy themselves with the presence of problems. As such, they feel the need to rant, complain, and gossip.
It’s a natural tendency, but just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s spiritually or emotionally healthy.
Instead of focusing on the problem, train your consciousness to be reflective rather than reactive.
Take 10 to 20 minutes each day, perhaps before or after your meditation session, to simply sit and think of possible solutions and options.
Not only does this brief exercise improve your depth of consciousness, but it also gives you the confidence, clarity and insight to tackle life’s greatest challenges.
3. Practice compassion
Whether its losing patience with people who inconvenience us, or secretly cursing others internally for the most minuscule of mishaps, we are all guilty.
It’s not because we’re terrible people or innately toxic, we just fail to practice compassion.
Train your mind to be empathetic, your body to be patient, and your soul to be understanding. This will certainly create a massive shift in your level of consciousness.
It gives you the wisdom to forgive, and the spiritual strength to overcome all negative thoughts and vibrations that are holding you back.
Sometimes, when we focus our sights on growing spiritually, we end up neglecting other parts of ourselves.
We forget to feed our minds with wisdom. We forget to feed our bodies with nourishment.
Once you realize that spiritual growth is, in fact, holistic, that’s when you’ll experience your consciousness expand to the next level.
Leading a balanced life, following a healthy diet complemented with regular exercise, having an active social life filled with positive people and empowering discussions, maintaining a state of constant learning – these are all part and parcel of what it means to grow spiritually.
5. Be uncomfortable
When you reside too often and too long in your comfort zone, complacency will overwhelm your soul. That’s when your spiritual growth gets stunted.
Seek out adventures and experiences that place you in a state of discomfort, an environment of unfamiliarity. In fact, go a level beyond that and learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
It’s going to take a lot of practice and a lot of action on your part.
But once you master this trait, there is no doubt that your consciousness will see a massive transformation, creating a rippling effect through your entire being.
6. Controlling your Ego
Think of your Ego has how you see yourself, and not how to world sees you – like a lens that enhances your vision when you see yourself; an Instagram filter that makes your face look a little sharper than it actually is.
Our Egos exist within all of us, and it stops us from growing spiritually and discovering our true, inner selves.
Make a conscious effort to look beyond your Ego by asking yourself one, simple question: “Does this thought/action/emotion belong to me, or my Ego?”
When you do this frequently enough, you’ll begin to see your consciousness, your higher self, in a newfound light.
7. Maintaining composure
When things don’t go according to plan, when we encounter obstacles and unexpected circumstances, we tend to react according to our emotions.
We lose our tempers, and that ripples into two outcomes. Either nothing changes, or circumstances get worse.
The challenge here is that maintaining our composure is much easier said than done. More often than not, it feels like a natural reaction.
I like to think of it like conquering any other bad habit – discipline and repetition. Remind yourself to be composed, and then take 10 deep breaths.
Take a walk to cool off, or do any other activity that gives you a second to breathe and recollect your thoughts. Never follow the downward spiral of your emotions, but straighten and align your mind, body, and soul before all else.
That concludes our 7 proven ways to grow spiritually! You’re now equipped with all the tools and knowledge to take your spiritual growth to the next level.
If you incorporate these 7 methods into your life, there is no doubt that your vibrations will be raised, and copious amounts of positive energy will enter into your life!
As always, focusing on self-discovery is key when it comes to developing your soul.
The more you know about yourself, the more aware you become, and the better control you’ll have over your consciousness.