How to Grow Spiritually | 8 Essential Ways to Follow
Spiritual life is very pleasant and peaceful one.
But due to so many distractions in our daily life, we tend to deviate from the path fall into worldly affairs.
1. Find a guru or teacher.
2. Attend spiritual gatherings.
3. Practice methods that enhance spiritual life.
4. Read spiritual books.
5. Holistic tours and pilgrimages.
6. Keep up good health
7. Involve in social service.
8. Have a company of spiritual people
The above mentioned tips are time tested and have been practiced by many aspirants in the past. Remember, the word of Jesus where he say that the path to god is very narrow and not all cannot pass. And as per shirid sai baba, a human life is very lucky to achieve and would be waste if he does not try for spiritual progress.
Tips on How to Grow Spiritually
1. Find your teacher: The role of teacher is quite irreplaceable in the spiritual life. It would be difficult to find your spiritual teacher. You cannot buy him, or even find him unless you are very lucky. As per the book “Autobiography by an Yogi” your heart will guess it when you find your teacher. It just a matter of time and destiny that you will find him. A spiritual teacher can help you grow spiritually without need for any of the other steps below. Just with his enlightened soul he would lift you off this universal attachments and take you towards spiritual enlightenment unhindered.
2. Attend spiritual gatherings: Spiritual gathering are those where similar minded people gather and perform rituals like singing in the name of god and other discussions. Attending spiritual gatherings helps you to become more spiritual. The confidence and belief in spirituality increases.
We also learn others experiences and also acquire new friends who could guide us better.
3. Attend spiritual teachings or lectures. Lectures by those who are achievers in the path is a great experience. We tend to gain their knowledge and also clarify doubts of god if any. There is difference between religious and spiritual lectures. And the spiritual lectures would very rare as they are not sponsored.
Besides, the persons giving lectures also vary. Those who do it for money and those who do it without any expectation. To be frank, those who are enlightened will not like to give a lecture unless you go to them and ask. They also would not like to give it by taking money and also to a large group as they know that it would be waste.
3. Follow the spiritual methods of doing routine works. This helps us to keep in touch with spirituality in everyday life. We can try to pray before eating. Pray before going to bed and also in the morning etc. Prayer enhances our association with the invisible lord and also wisdom.
4. Try to meet other spiritual people around and discuss. At every region, there would few people who tend to be in the same path as us. So being in touch with them would help us overcome any problems and move in the path smoothly.
5. Read books on spirituality. Spiritual reading involves reading books on spirituality. Books of spiritual writings add a great value of knowledge when reading. Also, they can be used in our free time to move in the path.
Subscribe to spiritual weekly or monthly related to spirituality and devotion. There are few publications especially focusing on the spiritual life. Reading them would help us keep in touch and move ahead in spirituality.
6. Go on spiritual pilgrimage: This is another form where we travel to places of spiritual importance. This relives from daily stress and also brings some fun and joy. It also brings us in touch with many new things we are not aware of in the spiritual path. Spiritual pilgrimage is one of the best ways to learn a lot on the spiritual journey.
7. Keep good health: Good health is very important to move in the difficult path of spirituality. One can keep good health by yoga, meditation, and proper diet. Hence, sages of the past who spent most of their time in one place either chanting or meditating discovered yoga to keep up their health.
8. Follow some restrictions: This includes fasting, not going to the club or etc on certain days etc. This type of restriction will train our mind to focus more on the path. Also, it helps us develop control over ourselves and improves our physical and mental health.
9. Social service: Doing some of help to others enhances our spiritual curiosity as we become happier due to selfless service. As there is a saying service to mankind is service to god. Since every living being has a spiritual essence, it is great service to help those humans or animals in suffering.
Also having the pics of god, saints etc, would also keep our memory fixed and work towards it.