What It Means To Live Spiritually Fulfilled / Where Does Your Spiritual Life Need Help / Envision What Your Life Would Look Like If You Were Where You Want To Be Spiritually / Learn How To Overcome Obstructions To Changing Your Behaviors / Choose Your Spiritual Goals And Break Them Into Manageable Steps / Set A Deadline For Each Spiritual Goal / Brainstorm Ideas To Spirituality or Talk To A Spiritual Leader / Ask For Devine Guidance / Remember The Golden Rule / What Happens If You Are Spiritually Deprived / Wrapping Up
Whether you participate in a popular faith or take an independent course, whether you trust in divine creation or lean more towards physical objectivity, your notions about truth define the overall context of your life. In this sense, all of us are spiritual beings as we all have certain beliefs about truth. Even to trust nothing might still be considered part of a spiritual belief system.
Your spiritual growth is a built-in part of the process of human development. Truth, affection, and inner/universal power don't prescribe a certain spiritual doctrine, so there's lots of freedom to research a mixture of beliefs. However, the highest ideal for your spiritual doctrine is becoming intelligent. Examining your beliefs and testing their truth are vital for your growth, this analytic reflection and assessment is a habit to be nurtured and applied to everything you currently hold to be true.
If your beliefs don't fulfill the necessities of being intelligent at the very least, they can't be thought spiritually sound as they'd be in violation of universal principles. If a spiritual doctrine yields to untruth, if it disconnects you from life, or if it breaks you, it infringes on the rules and will only lead you astray.
Social conditioning teaches us to have secure bonds to our spiritual notions to the point of blending such notions into our identities. In this ecourse, I'll challenge you to view your spiritual feelings with truth, affection, and power. My goal isn't to convert you to abide by any particular practice but rather to help you bring greater conscious awareness to your current spiritual life.
What It Means To Live Spiritually Fulfilled
Being happy is often misinterpreted in many ways. Most of the ways that the feeling of happiness is derived from is really not the product of true happiness but only a temporal feeling. People associate happiness with things like money, power, achieving dreams and goals, fame, accomplishments, all of which have material connections and bench marks, the happiness felt here is fleeting.
True happiness is when one is completely at peace mentally emotionally and physically in the spiritually fulfilled self. Being able to find contentment anywhere, anytime and in anything is true happiness, and spiritual fulfillment. Having a baseline of consistent joy, love and acceptance means that lifes drama and dissapointments leave you unaffected.
In order to live spiritually fulfilled there are certain guidelines or recommendations one can follow. Here are some of them:
- A Higher Purpose
Coming to the realisation that one’s life has a higher purpose,and that just achieving material goals for short term comforts is somewhat lacking, understanding that there is more to life than just these tangible things only bring temporal happiness and no lasting spiritual contentment.
This brings on the understanding that each individual has a reason and purpose to be on this earth and finding that purpose should be the focal point of life. Once you find your souls purpose so much of life begins to fall into place.
- Finding Your Bliss
Spiritual fulfillment is finding the bliss in life. The thing that brings most happiness to the individual and keep it constant in the cycle of everyday life. Find out what truly blisses you out, everybody has something that just makes them feel indescribable and then do more of that, a lot more, then find something else and add that into the mix. Once you begin to be more familiar and open to bliss the more you will be able to craft it into everything you do.
- Love Life and Love the Path Taken.
Even if circumstances does not allow one to love every aspect of the task at hand or the life you live, looking at it with a positive mind set allows the mind to change the thought process from negative to positive, thus successfully transcending into the feeling of love and peace which in turn evolves into spiritual fulfillment.
- Say Goodbye to Boredom and Irritation
In growing and expanding both mentally and in terms of capabilities, feelings of boredom or annoyance will be kept at bay. Deriving pleasure from this willingness to explore also bring the feeling of spiritual fulfillment. A spiritual life is a full and rewarding life indeed.
Where Does Your Spiritual Life Need Help
A strong spiritual life entails several facets of a single entity. Being spiritually balanced and fulfilled is when each piece of life’s puzzle is firmly in place, understood and happily accepted.
Some of the areas that can benefit from having a balanced and complete spiritual life is to have a strong and firm spiritual support system in place.
The support should come from your surroundings, such as relationships, experiences, meditation, prayer and so on. The idea that solitude is the prerequisite of inner peace and spirituality is misguided, although it is important, social interactions and experience are crucial to the development spirituality.
Being a loving and responsible individual is the first steps towards spiritual development. People must be able to love and loving unconditionally is even better for spiritual life. The practice of love and its unbound capabilities should not be limited to the inner circle of the people around but should be indiscriminately extended to all.
Advancing to higher levels of spirituality should be the ultimate goal and by loving and serving, the exercise of consistent love for fellow human beings is being nurtured and fulfilled. Keep this in mind at all times, when at the supermarket or getting frustrated in rush hour traffic, try and find a loving acceptance rather than frustration, irritation or anger.
Getting the support from people around, like family members and friends, work associated and others is important to achieving a spiritually fulfilled life. Tread gently here and seek out those that may be more on your brainwave, family members and friends can find your spirituality difficult to deal with for many reasons, so be sensitive to this. Those closest to you may not understand but that is ok, there are others in your life that can give you the support you may need and you may be surprised at the people that come into your life, just at the right time.
These are the people who will help you to grow by the support and good direction provided to keep you on track. Life's greatest teachers are those who are willing to step out and help to provide the necessary advice and guidance with no thought for self gain. As you continue to grow in your spiritual life you will find your circle of friends changing and this is quite normal as you begin to attract more like minded people to you however ensure that your circle of friends have diversity in their thoughts and viewpoints, to keep you learning and growing.
Spiritually fulfilled life can be gotten through the energy created in relationships. The kindness and boosts of awareness for others allows for the “self” element to be least considered and others needs to be addressed. Relationsips are the greatest mirror for where we need to look for growth, what irritates us most in our partner is the area of greatest imbalance within us. We are able to see how our actions affect others and we can look at our behaviour through the eyes of those closest to us. By seeing and addressing these revelations we are able to create peace harmony and acceptance in our relationships.
This energy gained from these experiences and interactions bring about a sense of joy and peace which contributes to achieving spiritual fulfillment.
Evaluate the different aspects of your life, where you live, what you do, where you go, the people you interact with, the work you do, the aim is to have balance in all areas, feeling fulfilled, happy and purposeful. You have the power to create a blissful life.
Envision What Your Life Would Look Like If You Were Where You Want To Be Spiritually
Of late there is a lot of information available on the spirituality of a human being. With the chaos around the world and peace an elusive item, people are searching for alternatives to make their lives complete or at the very least better. One of the avenues worth exploring is the spiritual side of life. It has been touted to have wonderfully enlightening effects for both the body and soul but what does it all mean, first you need to look at what you think spirituality is and what it is that you want to get out of it,
- Imagine what you life would look like if you were where you want to be spiritually, really visualise it.
- What does a spiritually fulfilled life look like to you? What does it feel like to be this way, what does it mean to you?
Being connected spiritually has its benefits. It certainly changes a person for the better. People become more sensitive to what’s around them and respond with equal amounts of sensitivity.
This therefore helps the individual to learn to be less self centered and more self giving. This also allows the mind to acknowledge the presence of higher forces that are powerful and all perfect when compared to the human existence.
When spiritually balanced, one also seeks to give love unconditionally. Being focused on giving love unconditionally becomes a central part of the individual. In this ideal setting of giving love, peace is ultimately found.
The willingness to set aside time in this busy and chaotic world is indeed rare, but when spiritual attainment is found, the eagerness to spend time meditating, contemplating or simply just wanting to commune with nature and the surroundings becomes very much a part of the daily routine.
An individual also evolves into a positive character and becomes more accepting as a person. The previous judgmental person is replaced with a more understanding and compassionate disposition. The character trait of graciousness is built and strengthened.
Seeking to forgive the past is also another by product of attaining spirituality. Understanding that un-forgiveness, benefits no one and can be detrimental to health becomes clear. This in turn develops the kindness in a person.
Learn How To Overcome Obstructions To Changing Your Behaviours
Most times a wrong situation can be put right immediately and with little problems. However when the element of the human behaviour is involved things are not as clear cut and simple. Here are some obstructions that can be successfully addressed with a change in behaviour.
- Become More Accepting
Learning to become a more accepting person and practicing the ability to adapt easily is one behavioural change that is worth building as this good trait will become an asset in interactions with others.
- Forgive and Move On
Another obstruction that can be addressed with a change in behaviour and attitude is the ability to forgive and move on easily. Cultivating the positive mind set allows for the feelings of guilt and anger to be released and results in a kinder and gentler demeanour.
- See the Good in Others
The inability to see the good in others is an undesirable behavior pattern that can cause obstructions in both the individual’s life and that of those around.
- Be Less Quick to Judge
Being quick to judge is not only foolish but also damaging. Changing this negative thinking also subconsciously brings forth the positive thinking of the “can do” attitude that attracts good.
- Reflect, Take Responsibility and Learn
Learning to take stock of daily actions teaches the individual to learn how to analyse thoughts and reactions that merited the particular action taken and if the action was unmerited and harsh, further steps can be taken to readdress the situation, easily removing the obstructive initial response. This allows the person to grow mentally and spiritually.
- Be Aware when you are being egotistical
Being egoistical can be very destructive in any scenario. This destructive behaviour can cause a lot of ill feeling among those directly or indirectly in contact with the egoistical individual. There are many obstructions that can be avoided if this bad behaviour trait is changed. Few people can tolerate working or being associated with egoistical people. Side Note: Being egotistical is different to an imbalanced ego, although egotism is a common characteristic of an imbalanced ego.
Choose Your Spiritual Goals And Break Them Into Manageable Steps
The idea that everyone should have specific goals in life is a good idea to live up to. However having goals without any guide lines on how to reach them is indeed foolish. There are several important steps that need to be considered before anyone takes and interest in setting goals. Here are some recommended suggestions.
- Identify Your Goals
Ideally the first step should be to identify the goal in mind clearly and correctly. Having a vague idea of the goal is quite confusing for the mind to interpret. The human mind is similar to a computer, when specific information is fed; the mind is able to work more efficiently and quickly to produce the necessary results. When the information is unclear as in a vague goal, then the mind works overtime and inefficiently and in the end nothing is accomplished.
- Assess Previous Failed Attempts
When this is done, the next step is to address any previous attempts at reaching your goal. By doing this it is hoped that any of the same issues that caused your failure can be removed altogether so that a new approach can be tried to gain more success. By being honest with yourself and seeing where the plan failed you can adjust your behaviour accordingly.
For example if your goal is to develop a good meditation practice, you tried it for a few months but couldn't keep it up, assess what it was that didn't keep you motivated or committed to keep going, do you need to find a different time or place to meditate or maybe you just need to be clearer about what you want to achieve and then make a commitment to act.
- Practice Love, Kindness, Patience and Faithfulness
Other areas to explore that will help with the development of a strong spiritual life are character goals which focus on love issues, patience, and faithfulness. Family goals are also important to explore more in depth where aspects such as how much quality time are spent with spouse and children, the way family members talk to and treat each other.
- Get Fit and Healthy
Addressing physical needs are also paramount when trying to choose spiritual goals. The body and mind both need to be in healthy condition before any successful attempt of goal setting can be done. Some specific issues may have to be addressed and dealt with, such as weight problems, lack of energy and stamina, perhaps the need to lose weight and exercise is a priority. A fulfilling spiritual life comes with bringing all of us into healthy balance, , the mind, emotions, body, heart and soul.
Set A Deadline For Each Spiritual Goal
Sometimes people wonder why they are only successful in certain areas while in other areas there seems to be a lot of strife and difficulty. One possible answer could be that they failed to set spiritual goals to help overcome this negative area. A big part of not being able to achieve certain goals is probably because the spiritual guidance and element is missing.
Make A Timeline
- In order to outline a workable deadline setting, it would be wise to break the goal in question into more specific and smaller parts. In denoting the importance of each particular part, a spiritually guided deadline can be set for each step. Seek guidance in meditation or prayer, learn to trust in the insight that you are given and have faith in the assistance you are receiving.
- Having a measurable scale where each progressive step is recorded and bench marked against the overall planned goal schedule is helpful. This is vital for helping you set your intentions and believe in the process. Setting intentions is similar to prayers, as once you put it out there you have faith that it will be done. Keeping a journal and reflecting on the progression you are making is an important resource and will keep you going when the journey feels rather uphill.
After addressing the above two points successfully, the next step is to actually implement the action plan drawn up to reach the goal. Making an action plan, while calling on God/Universe/Angels/Higher Self for spiritual assistance, will not only cause the action plan to be flawless, but will also give you the power of spiritual insight.
Brainstorm Ideas About Spirituality or Talk To A Spiritual Leader
Setting goals is an important frame of mind to have, as we have already been established in the previous sections. However if an added advantage is needed to ensure the goal is reached and also to ensure it is for the good of all concerned, turning to spiritual guidance is a prerequisite.
Talk with other people who are on their spiritual journey, expand your viewpoint, it is not about taking on other people beliefs but growth comes when we are open yet analytical to other people opinions and views, listen to their stories and find out what worked or didn't work for them.
Get a better idea about what spirituality means to you and then you will be ready to make a plan to reach your spiritual goals.
Make A Plan
When an idea is first conceived it may have in most cases been with the goal of achieving some form of earthly pleasure, a temporal desire.
However if you are able to seek spiritual guidance, then the danger of the idea being just that, for material gain or shallow gain, may be checked, rethought or shelved altogether. Having the advantage of spiritual elements involved will certainly assure its integrity and success.
You can seek spiritual guidance in a variety of ways, none are right or wrong everyone has there own way and an individuals needs may change as they grow. You may talk with a person who lives a purposeful spirtual life and they will guide you to find the right path for you, they will ask you the questions that you will find the answers to yourself.
Meditation is a highly effective means of receiving spiritual guidance and it can represent itself in a varity of ways from your inner voice, to angels or spirits, everyone has there own way of receiving this guidance so just go with what feels right for you.
Once you have decided what your goals are and how you are going to achieve them, you have checked in with yourself in regard to your motives and intentions, you have meditated to see the bigger picture and you have faith that your plan will play out as intended.
Life however does not always go according to our plan, that does not however mean that it is going wrong, there are always elements at play that we do not see or comprehend. It can be difficult to know whether something is going awry as the universe is intervening and there is a reason for it or if you have taken your eye off the ball and missed something. It is at these times that it is useful to ask for divine guidance but you have to get used to asking the questions, which we will go into in the next section.
Ask For Divine Guidance
Besides the spiritual side of life there is also the practical side of life. Though both are entwined, they are quite different in nature and approach. We have seperated the two for a long time so it can be difficult and make you feel a little uneasy trying to bring the two together. However using your spiritual understanding and connection in all aspects of your life is incredibly rewarding.
People who are spiritually aware will always try to seek out divine revelations or interventions in whatever situationthey are a part of. The general perception is, if there is divine intervention then the possibility of any negative presence will be eliminated or controlled and all will be well. Being aware of the bigger picture and the spiritual guidance that is on hand to help, brings a feeling of calm assuredness.
Ask For Help
Some of the questions that can be asked to gain spiritual guidance are as follows:
Is this in harmony with my highest good?
I am acting with Compassion/Honesty?
Is it in alignment with my Dharma?
Am I being prompted to act?
Is this the right path for me?
- Is there something I need to see?
There is a lot of vagueness and hesitation when embarking on something new, especially if there are a lot of risks involved. Being at peace is a very important feature to have to ensure the smoothness of the situation in question. By practicing the mindset that constantly seeks divine guidance; some of the above hesitations based on the questions can be addressed and answered effectively and clearly. However these answers for guidance can only be gotten when there is a spiritual link that is very strong and sincere. Time in meditation and contemplation will strengthen your spiritual connection bringing a stillness of mind that enables you to not only hear the guidance but to trust in it.
Most teaching encourage seeking divine guidance for everything in life be it big or small, important or otherwise. When this habit is formed due to frequent practice, the body, and mind become in tuned with the spiritual inner self and thus drawing from this will be easier. Your life will expand in extraordinary ways and you will never feel alone again.
Spiritual guidance is the same but how it is presented to each individual is different, as we covered in a previous section, some people will speak or receive guidance from their higher selves for others they may be connected to angels, Gods or saints. It is the message and the connection that is important not the vehicle it arrives in, although saying that, the relationship and connection you develop with your spiritual guide is very important indeed.
Remember The Golden Rule
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
A very simple yet at the same time a terribly complex statement to adhere to. Most people never stop and think of their actions and how other people on the receiving end feel. In this fast pace world few take the trouble to analyse the repercussions of their works, actions, and thoughts.
In treating others the way one would want to be treated, makes the individual stop and take stock of the words, actions, and mannerism used when interacting with others.
This can be achieved when people slow down and are more spiritually connected with their surroundings. Some would say knowledge and imagination are a prerequisite as there would be the need to imagine being on the receiving end instead of only on the giving out end.
Being able to completely accept the same treatment meted out to others would ensure the individual is more careful and aware of how to conduct his or her everyday life. This will certainly help in shaping the moral thinking of each individual.
Journalling at the end of each day helps to reflect on events and actions of all parties involved, spiritual growth comes when an individual is able to see all sides of the situation and take responsibility for poor behaviour on their part
Strangely though, the golden rule principle does not really have any particular moral formula. As it is neither right not wrong but is based on the simple theory that “you get what you give” the golden rule phenomenon is actually tapping in on the individual desire to receive only good while being fairly sure that extending good is the prerequisite. This rule borders on the fact that most human have the in built self preservation instinct.
Practiced all over the world and in all walks of society, the golden rule principle is adhered to, in order to preserves feelings and relationships better that any other physical or mental practice can do, simply by its non complicated one rule.
What Happens If You Are Spiritually Deprived
Being spiritually deprived leads to a lot of negative problems. Though medical science has over the years acknowledged the advantages of being connected spiritually, people in general have not yet grasped this important tool for their life.
One of the factors that lead to less than optimum mental and physical health of an individual is the lack of spirituality. Being more connected to the secular and materialistic society is one of the contributing factors to the lack of importance placed on spirituality.
What Can Occur
The biggest impact of being spiritually deprived or disconnected from a medical point of view is the onset of depression. Currently viewed as a very wide spread problem, depression seems to have direct links with the lack ofspirituality in an individual’s life.
The medical world recognises this phenomenon as dangerous and growing daily but is unable to adequately endorse the importance between the connection of spirituality and the human body.
Being Spiritual disconnected is felt as a sense of isolation, not belonging or fitting in, feeling alone and misunderstood, it can leave a person feeling lost, abandoned and hopeless. This is because a huge part of that individual is hidden from them, they are unaware of their connection to everything and the assurance that brings
For a long time the question of spirituality and the general connection to the human mind has been questioned. Spiritual enlightenment is central to the unity of body, soul, and mind; however it is unfortunately ignored as the core of the human existence.
People who have the advantage of being spiritually connected are much happier people as they are able to deal with outer turbulences better than those without the essence of spirituality.
They are completely aware of this spiritual “help” to give them relief and sound thinking in any given situation. Without spiritual direction it is often difficult to have a goal to work towards and certainly hard to keep focused when things start looking difficult or negative.
Spiritually connected people have faith and trust which gives them a calm and somewhat carefree persona, whilst at the same time being productive, effective and purposeful.
You are not alone and the best guide you have, your greatest supporter, your most wise teacher is you and the further you walk your spiritual path the more you will see this.
For now think about what a spiritual life means to you, reflect on what you have learned about spirituality here