4 Paths to Spiritual Development

By Dotun Ola

There are so many definitions of the term “spirituality.” In a broad sense, spirituality is a search for the meaning of life, beyond worldly affairs.

What is Spiritual Development?

Since the origin of its history, the human being has raised questions about the meaning of its existence. Who am I? What am I doing here? What is the purpose of my existence? Religions around the world have tried to answer these questions and many people have found in some of them the answers they were looking for.

Regardless of religions or spiritual doctrines, spiritual development today is understood as the practice of consciousness, as the exploration that we undertake within ourselves. Spiritual development is a journey towards the discovery of our values, our truth, our essence, and the meaning of life.

Spiritual development aims, therefore, to find for ourselves the answers to the questions we ask ourselves about the meaning of our lives. The choice of responses with which we “identify” is deep and personal.

There is no specific spiritual path or one more effective than another. Each person must explore and find their way to connect with the meaning of life and with their particular essence.

Today we offer you some ways to start exploring and start developing your spirituality.

Paths to Spiritual Development

1. Increase Awareness

To develop our spirituality we can choose the path of becoming aware of things. Be more aware of ourselves, our thoughts, and our emotions.

Most of the actions that we carry out during the day are done almost automatically and almost all of them (if not all of them) are done, so to speak, “outwards”. Normally we do not usually look inside ourselves or be aware of what happens “in there” in our day-to-day.

Paying attention to our life, how we think and relate to ourselves and our environment, what happens inside us, and what is “in there”, is a good way to start our spiritual development.

As it is very easy for us to get carried away by inertia at first, no matter how much intention we have in paying attention to our interior, it is likely that we will not even remember it. So, to begin with, and until we manage to do it naturally, we can take certain times of the day to dedicate exclusively to this.

Any time of day and any situation can work. The key is that we can stop and look inside ourselves for a few minutes. One practice that can help is Focusing, but it requires, at least initially, professional guidance.

2. Meditation

The practice of meditation has been the most common path to spiritual development for thousands of years. Learning to meditate takes time as it requires training the mind to be able to “stop”. But it is also true that the technique is perfected over time and fewer and fewer difficulties are encountered.

There are many types of meditation and it is up to each one to find the one with which they are most comfortable. From the blog, we propose Mindfulness, as it brings together aspects of the first and second points.

3. Writing

Writing can help those who are more likely to be distracted when they reflect. Placing our questions, and our possible answers, on a sheet of paper, drawing up schemes, diagrams, etc., we keep our attention on the issues that we are writing and it is easier for us to reflect on them.

Reserve a few minutes a day or every few days to write calmly and intimately about all those aspects that concern us, our dreams, illusions, and reflect on our life and our purpose.

Although it is obvious, it is necessary to remember that there are no correct questions and much less correct answers. The idea is to let the issues arise, shape them and reflect on them.

4. Develop Curiosity

Curiosity is a powerful motivating factor. When we are curious, we want to know more and more things, and we get excited about them. When we carry out activities that excite us, we can forget everything else and focus exclusively on what we do.

With each new thing we learn or know, our minds open up and become more flexible. A more open and flexible mind is a more receptive mind, capable of asking more varied questions and finding more varied answers, so our spiritual development is greatly enriched.

These are only four ways to begin to develop our spirituality but, as we said above, the decision is personal and each one must find the method that allows them to find their answers.