How To Boost Your Spiritual Growth and Development

How To Boost Your Spiritual Growth and Development

By becoming more aware and conscious of your inner self, you can discover the true potential of your inner spirit and boost your spiritual growth and the process of inner awakening. 

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” – Buddha

Our spiritual journey is full of ups and downs and most of the times we need to navigate, change directions, adjust spiritual practices and even let go of previously held beliefs. Sometimes what worked for you previously might be useless now.

Hence, you need to utilize old practices and adopt some new ones to build a better connection with your inner self and the Universe.

By becoming more aware and conscious of your inner self, you can discover the true potential of your inner spirit and boost the process of inner awakening. 

Spiritual development can enable you to look beyond your ego and your mind and experience a peaceful life free from temptations, anxiety, stress and fear. It will enable you to detach from attachments, improve your inner strength and manifest your spiritual dreams and objectives.

Boosting Your Spiritual Growth

Have you ever wondered if there was a way you could speed up your spiritual growth? Well, there is: it’s the mindfulness meditation retreat. I’m sure you know of some people who are so peaceful and serene that nothing seems to bother them. The secret of their spiritual maturity is actually quite simple. They’ve figured out what works, and they do it consistently.

Why Your Spiritual Growth Is Slow

The reason many of us have trouble with our spiritual growth is that we don’t avail ourselves of some simple tools that can be tremendously effective. In Buddhism, they have what is called the Noble Eightfold Path. If you’re not familiar with these principles, they are essentially basic practices that will help us achieve enlightenment or freedom from suffering.

One of them is the right effort, sometimes called the right diligence. What it basically means is doing the things that will cultivate mindfulness, and doing them consistently. The problem many people have is that they’re diligent, but not necessarily using the most effective tools at their disposal. This is not surprising because there is so much confusion about what exactly mindfulness meditation is.

When it comes to getting the most from your meditation practice, it’s important to learn the proper techniques, and then apply them consistently. Anything less, and your spiritual development will be less than optimal.

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The Need For Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Those who are spiritually advanced have discovered the power of the mindfulness meditation retreat. They have attended one and realized that it not only takes their spirituality to a higher level but also greatly enhances their meditation practice, so they continue making spiritual progress at a much faster pace when they return home. Then they make attending retreats part of their routine.

One reason the mindfulness meditation retreat is so effective is that it combines the instruction of proper mindfulness meditation techniques with the time necessary for applying them—that is, the right effort. It is like a professional athlete training for his sport. He will excel much faster if he uses proper techniques, and practices diligently.

The Three Jewels: Your Sources of Spiritual Nourishment

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” -Buddha

There is also another reason for the retreat’s effectiveness. Mindfulness is more than simply awareness. It is a form of energy, the energy of consciousness. Each spiritual tradition has a different name for it. The Buddhists call it the energy of mindfulness because it shines the light on reality. Mindfulness is the spiritual nourishment we need to awaken our higher consciousness.

Think about a time in your life when you felt some form of spiritual connection. It may have been when you were especially close to someone, or you may have had a profound spiritual experience. At the time, you probably gained some clarity in your life, felt more peaceful and secure, and felt a great sense of love. You may even have sensed a connection with a power much greater than yourself. That is the energy of mindfulness that we’re trying to cultivate through our mediation practice.

The major religions are similar in their approach to raising your spiritual energy. There are three main sources. In Buddhism, they’re called the Three Jewels:

  • The Buddha: Our own True Nature, or spirit
  • The Dharma: The spiritual principles that govern our existence
  • The Sangha: The spiritual community that supports our practice

These sources of spiritual nourishment are vital to our development of mindfulness, and can significantly speed up our spiritual growth.

By dwelling in them, we can transform our unwholesome thoughts and actions. We dwell in the Buddha by meditating; in the Dharma by studying the mindfulness practice; and in the Sangha by practicing with others.

In short, the mindfulness meditation retreat is so effective in speeding up your spiritual growth because you’re dwelling deeply in the Three Jewels the whole time you’re there.

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Experiencing Inner Peace and Serenity

“Spiritual development is not an accomplishment but a way of life. It is an orientation that brings its own rewards, and what is important is the direction of one’s motives.” – David R. Hawkins

As you can see, you can dramatically speed up your spiritual growth when you apply the proper meditation techniques in a consistent manner. When your True Nature awakens, you can perform at a much higher level:

  • You can think more clearly.
  • You can see reality on a much deeper level.
  • You will have greater control of your mind, body, and emotions.

Athletes refer to this state as “being in the zone.” In other words, we begin using the full power of our body and mind, including our subconscious. When we’re in the zone, we feel awake and at peace with the world. We also feel a great sense of love. Imagine the implications of functioning on a higher spiritual level:

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Charles A. Francis

Charles A. Francis is the founder and director of the Mindfulness Meditation Institute. He has published numerous articles, and is the author of the book, Mindfulness Meditation Made Simple: Your Guide to Finding True Inner Peace. He has studied the mindfulness practice with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and has over 20 years of experience with mindfulness meditation. He is a speaker and consultant and leads workshops and retreats in Raleigh, NC, where he resides. To learn more, visit: Author posts