The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development

The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development. How many of us view having inner balance, a sense of oneness and peace with the world as something that truly completes us?

The Essential Keys to Spiritual Development

When we think of our wellbeing, the first thing that usually comes to mind is our physical health. We equate it with how fit we are, how healthy the food we eat is, and how much vitamins and mineral supplements we ingest. But how often do we primarily equate it with spiritual development? How many of us view having inner balance, a sense of oneness and peace with the world as something that truly completes us? If you feel that you need to work on this area of your life, here are some of the essential keys you need to know and practice:

Control your thoughts. 

Spiritual development starts with removing all negativity from your thoughts. For instance, if you’re the type who always thinks of the worst case scenario, train yourself to be rational. Did your spouse fail to return your calls or messages on time?

Rather than quickly assuming that they may have gotten into an accident, think of alternative, less nerve-wracking reasons. They may be in an area where the signal is pretty bad; hence they are unable to respond. Or they may have gotten caught up in a last minute emergency meeting in the office. Choosing to think of the “lesser evil” of the possible reasons will help calm you down and sustain your inner balance.

Control your actions. 

Your actions in the heat of the moment reflect the state of your inner balance. Don’t let your knee-jerk reactions get in the way of your spiritual development. You need to be in control of yourself during trying times. Getting carried away will only open you up to a world of regret when you have calmed down and reflected on your unsavoury behaviour. So if you want to minimize regrets and lessen the chances of destroying relationships permanently, count one to ten before you slap the offending party in the face!

Control your emotions. 

Spiritual development is also dependent on your ability to control your emotions. If you get easily flustered, panicky or hysterical when you hear bad news, get insulted or receive poor reviews, you won’t be able to attain inner balance and peace. Not to mention you will surely end up with high blood pressure and extreme anxiety which could lead to serious health issues!

So the way to solve this is to build emotional resilience. Learn to detach yourself from the smallest, most insignificant things and focus only on those that matter. Handle crisis, stress and pressure calmly and with a level head. It also helps to plan ahead for outcomes you can easily predict; that way you’re not caught unaware and you lessen your chances of going on panic mode.

Be open-minded and flexible. 

Some of us can be micromanaging control freaks! If you are one, then surely you know the feeling of having your inner balance thrown off when things don’t go your way. If you give your child maths lessons so that he gets an A+ in the test, then he comes home with an A-minus, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t plan your travel itinerary to the letter because you might get crushed when the museum you planned to visit happens to be closed that day. Learn to look past the disappointments and focus on the good things. Learning to adapt to situations keeps you calm and, as a result, helps you achieve spiritual development.

Practice tolerance. 

In order to be at peace with yourself and with the world, you need to accept that people are different. There are cultures, religions, norms, political views and social practices that may seem alien to you, but if you exercise tolerance and respect for others, you will easily achieve spiritual development. Remove all prejudice and hatred from your heart. You will become a much better person without being weighed down by “preconceived garbage” in your heart and mind. Live and let live; with this maxim, attaining inner balance should be a cinch.

Achieving internal harmony need not require a trip to a monastery in some far flung nation. The truth is, the process starts and ends within you. So, rather than literally crossing mountains to find your enlightenment, aim to move mountains within by removing all barriers to your spiritual growth and development.

******Shirley Rieger – About the Author:

Aim for spiritual development as part of your self growth. Attaining inner balance is essential to one’s life if you wish to live each day with inner peace and a feeling of abundance.

Your little Inner voice

Your little Inner voice. What is our "Inner Speech," our "little, inner monologue?" Our inner speech or dialogue is how we converse with ourselves.

Your little Inner voice

What is our “Inner Speech,” our “little, inner monologue?” Our inner speech or dialogue is how we converse  with ourselves. It is the small voice in our head that we talk with the mental process of the moment, that connects us with our  environment.

Your little, inner monologue is your communication bridge linking your conscious and subconscious mind. It is the way we form impressions  about things; it is how we interpret  external events related to our lives, our circumstances, and our environment. The inner monologue is the way we try to make sense of what is happening around us.

“It is very obvious that we are not influenced  by facts but by our interpretation of the  facts.”

Alfred Adler

The importance of your little, inner voice. . .

Our inner monologue is our best friend who can easily become our enemy.  With our self-talk, we may live in harmony, or be in a constant struggle,  making our life  “heaven on Earth” on one hand, or a “living hell” on  the other. How much mental health and how much joy and fulfilment we experience in life is directly proportional to the  quality of our inner dialogue,  our little, inner speech,  the way we converse with ourselves, by forming impressions about what  is happening in life, in our circumstances, in our surroundings.

“our subconscious minds have no sense of humour, play no  jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an  imagined thought or image.”

Epictetus

Conclusively, taking into account the above ancient ideas coupled with modern research about the communication bridge between our conscious and  subconscious, a main way of changing our subconscious programming  is how we reply to it, through our little  self-dialogue.

We can change…

We can change the impression of what is going on around us by the way we  interpret events, or by the way we talk back to ourselves about  what is happening to us–by improving, in other words, the quality  of our little, inner self-talk.

A healthful inner monologue create interpretations of life  circumstances that contributes to self-acceptance, self-love, and high  self-esteem.

A healthy self-dialogue confirms that we accept ourselves as we  are, and that we are at peace with the way we relate with our little, inner  voice. It implies friendship and love with the “little voice-guy” that we  are going to carry him around for the rest of our lives! In addition, when  our inner monologue is harmonious, we are better in touch with  our feelings, which means that we can enjoy and able to express the  real part of us spontaneously.

The two-way channel is in harmony as the relation between the two  components of the mind is harmonious as the conscious mind and the  subconscious refreshes each other, building and strengthening each other as  an ongoing process. A healthy outgrowing emotional and  spiritual maturity is the result, as it is a product from our  correct understanding of and a healthy  relationship with, reality. way we interact, talk, and relate with  our inner little voice.


Stelios Nicolaou

snicolaou2011  – About the Author:

About the author:

Stelios Nicolaou, a Greek-Cypriot writer,  was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and earned his Masters degree at NLU,USA.

Stelios Nicolaou, a depression survivor, is the author of Depression:  My Witness, Your Solution (Five easy steps to reprogramme your little, inner  monologue, and set you mind free). Stelios writes to inspire, edify, empower,  and motivate the broken hearted-the men and women who experience hoplessness,  hardships, and despair.

Stelios writes to inspire, edify, empower, and motivate the broken hearted, the men and women who experience hopelessness, hardships, and  despair.

Change ~ Opening Doors Within

Change ~ Opening Doors Within. What is deep within you is reflected without, when there is order, harmony, beauty and peace within, it will be reflected in everything you do, say and think.
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Change ~ Opening Doors Within

What is deep within you is reflected without, when there is order, harmony, beauty and peace within, it will be reflected in everything you do, say and think. If there is confusion, disorder and disharmony within, it cannot be hidden but will be reflected in your whole life and living.


When change comes, it has to start from within and work out. Then it will be lasting, and nothing will be able to throw it off balance. Do not sit back and expect life to change, but get into action and do something about it. You can start right now by working on your own inner state. You do not have to wait for anyone else to change; you can do your own changing without any further delay.

Give constant thanks that you are able to do something about it without any hold-ups. If there are any hold-ups, they are within yourself; therefore you are the one who can do something about them.

Opening Doors Within ~ Eileen Caddy

Change

What is deep within you is reflected without, when there is order, harmony, beauty and peace within, it will be reflected in everything you do, say and think. If there is confusion, disorder and disharmony within, it cannot be hidden but will be reflected in your whole life and living.

When change comes, it has to start from within and work out. Then it will be lasting, and nothing will be able to throw it off balance. Do not sit back and expect life to change, but get into action and do something about it. You can start right now by working on your own inner state. You do not have to wait for anyone else to change; you can do your own changing without any further delay. Give constant thanks that you are able to do something about it without any hold-ups. If there are any hold-ups, they are within yourself; therefore you are the one who can do something about them.

Opening Doors Within ~ Eileen Caddy