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A Spiritual Retreat (Part 2 of 2)

Ready for a spiritual retreat? Please read the first article below:

A Spiritual Retreat (Part 1 of 2)

 

Continuation:

 

Consider the following things when looking for spiritual retreat venues:

  1. Talking about your feelings
  2. Your anger
  3. The world
  4. Your frustrations
  5. Your hopes
  6. Rekindle your relationship with God

Aims And Goals

A spiritual retreat aims to answer all these doubts. It will reassure you that God is certainly with us. God who is always guiding and protecting us from harm.

Like if your car has been bumped by another car and has left a deep dent on the back. You can be rest assured that God is still protecting you.

Since at least you were saved from any bodily harm. And that your car is just a material possession. That if you really work hard on it, you can actually still have it fixed. Or you can just buy a better and/or a newer model.

It will really enables you to become more objective when it comes to dealing with certain situations. Best, you will not get easily angry with others as well as with God.

Relaxation In Paradise

Still, there are those who go on to spiritual retreats hoping that they will be able to just have the time to reflect. Reflect on the things that they have done and let go of all regrets.

Regrets on the chances that they did not took as well all the wrong things that they have done. Because as the cliche goes, it’s all in the past.

A spiritual retreat is really meant for looking back on your past. Looking back in order to be able to have a better perspective of the future. You will find that you are equipped with your newfound faith in God as well as in yourself.

It is highly important that you should also be to finally let go of the things that have been bothering you in the past. Therefore not enabling you to live your life accordingly to God’s will.

 

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A Spiritual Retreat (Part 1 of 2)

Calm Your Mind And Spirit Through A Spiritual Retreat

Being overwhelmed

A lot of the busy people nowadays are actually really prone to undergoing all sorts of stress related activities. From high tailing it from one meeting to another. Or giving a presentation or a report that took weeks before it could be finished.

Such stressful activities can really be jarring on the nerves. For that reason why a lot of people become cranky. They would not care less about how they associate with other people anymore.

The best that you can do

Regain Self

When this happens and that person has already lost contact with his or her spiritual self. Even a good relationship with God, then it is really time to file for a vacation leave. It has lots of benefits.

Join a spiritual retreat wherein you will be able to calm your nerves and senses. You will be able to go back and think about the really important things in life.

Acknowledging people’s importance in your life. How you greatly appreciate their constant presence in your life. It will really be able to help you have a successful spiritual retreat.

Cater To Your Needs

When it comes to joining a spiritual retreat, you must consider the following things when trying to pick out from the various spiritual retreat venues. The ones that will really be able to cater to your spiritual needs. As well as will be able to foster your spiritual well-being.

There really are a lot of spiritual retreat venues that are available nowadays. Best for people who would just like to get away from it all. What is great about it is that you need not worry about being bored to your wits.

These spiritual retreats’ organizers have already made it possible. You will actually have a good time in their spiritual retreat programs.

 

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A Spiritual Retreat (Part 2 of 2)

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Spiritual Growth: The Spiritual Challenge of Modern Times (Part 2 of 2)

Do not miss the wonderful first part.

 

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To grow spiritually is to search for meaning

Religions that believe in the existence of God such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam suppose that the purpose of the human life is to serve the Creator of all things.

Several theories in psychology propose that we ultimately give meaning to our lives. Whether we believe that life’s meaning is pre-determined or self-directed, to grow in spirit is to realize that we do not merely exist.

We do not know the meaning of our lives at birth. We gain knowledge and wisdom from our interactions with people. Also from our actions and reactions to the situations we are in.

As we discover this meaning, there are certain beliefs and values that we reject and affirm. Our lives have purpose. This purpose puts all our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials into use; sustains us during trying times; and gives us something to look forward to—a goal to achieve, a destination to reach.

A person without purpose or meaning is like a drifting ship at sea.

To grow spiritually is to recognize interconnections

Religions stress the concept of our relatedness to all creation, live and inanimate. Thus we call other people “brothers and sisters” even if there are no direct blood relations.

Moreover, deity-centered religions such as Christianity and Islam speak of the relationship between humans and a higher being. On the other hand, science expounds on our link to other living things through the evolution theory.

This relatedness is clearly seen in the concept of ecology, the interaction between living and non-living things. In psychology, connectedness is a characteristic of self-transcendence, the highest human need according to Maslow.

Recognizing your connection to all things makes you more humble and respectful of people, animals, plants, and things in nature. It makes you appreciate everything around you. This moves you to go beyond your comfort zone and reach out to other people. It become stewards of all other things around you.

 

Growth is a process thus to grow in spirit is a day-to-day encounter. We win some, we lose some, but the important thing is that we learn. From this knowledge, further spiritual growth is possible.

 

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Spiritual Growth: The Spiritual Challenge of Modern Times (Part 1 of 2)

Status today

Spiritual growth in a world defined by power, money, and influence is a Herculean task. Modern conveniences such as electronic equipment, gadgets, and tools as well as entertainment through television, magazines, and the web have predisposed us to confine our attention mostly to physical needs and wants.

As a result, our concepts of self-worth and self-meaning are muddled. How can we strike a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of our lives?

To grow spiritually is to look inward

Introspection goes beyond recalling the things that happened in a day, week, or month. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations.

Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals, on the good traits you must sustain and the bad traits you have to discard.

Moreover, it gives you clues on how to act, react, and conduct yourself in the midst of any situation. Like any skill, we can learn introspection; all it takes is the courage and willingness to seek the truths that lie within you.

Here are some pointers when you introspect

  1. be objective
  2. be forgiving of yourself, and
  3. focus on your areas for improvement.

To grow spiritually is to develop your potentials

Religion and science have differing views on matters of the human spirit. Religion views people as spiritual beings temporarily living on Earth. Science views the spirit as just one dimension of an individual.

Mastery of the self is a recurring theme in both Christian (Western) and Islamic (Eastern) teachings. The needs of the body are recognized but placed under the needs of the spirit. Beliefs, values, morality, rules, experiences, and good works provide the blueprint to ensure the growth of the spiritual being.

In Psychology, realizing one’s full potential is to self-actualize. Maslow identified several human needs: physiological, security, belongingness, esteem, cognitive, aesthetic, self-actualization, and self-transcendence.

James earlier categorized these needs into three: material, emotional, and spiritual. When you have satisfied the basic physiological and emotional needs, spiritual or existential needs come next.

Achieving each need leads to the total development of the individual. Perhaps the difference between these two religions and psychology is the end of self-development. Christianity and Islam see that self-development is a means toward serving God. Psychology view that self-development is an end by itself.

 

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