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To be Devoted to something is to be “given over to the display, study, or discussion of” that thing, process, or experience. Today we’ll explore being devoted to your Spiritual Growth – an essential element of living a Spiritually Authentic life.

Devotion is a stronger emotion than “liking” – it’s deeper, wider, and more lasting. To be devoted to another person is to make them a priority, and perhaps to even put their wants and needs ahead of your own.

girl wearing black vest raising two hands near green grass field during daytimeMany parents would say they are devoted to their children – and even if they don’t use the word devoted, they show the same level and intensity of feeling in their everyday activities.

I want you to elevate YOURSELF to the level of being devoted to YOU and your Spiritual Growth. Make your Spiritual Growth a priority in your life, from this moment forward.

Start with this affirmation:

I am devoted to my spiritual growth.

My spiritual growth matters to me because it is my fountain of strength for life. As I grow spiritually, I become more capable of handling life’s challenges with a winning attitude.

Make time each day to reflect on your values and to become more knowledgeable about your beliefs and principles. Give careful thought to the truths that you live by – what are the truths that have carried through in your life from the time you were very young up until now?

I’ve always loved plants and gardening, and for quite a while, I convincedgreen metal garden shovel filled with brown soil myself that I didn’t have “time” enough to garden. When I moved into the house I now live in, I prepared the front garden – I dug everything up, raked and planted, and cared for those plants. The yard looked beautiful and it brought me a lot of pleasure.

Then I let “life” get in the way, and the garden fell by the wayside. Suddenly I didn’t seem to have enough time to take care of it, and gradually, I lost all the beautiful plants.

Just as living things must be nourished in order to grow, your spirit needs to be fed regularly. You can nourish your spirit and cultivate spiritual growth by engaging in a regular practice of meditation, prayer, listening to sacred music, reading enlightening literature, or another activity that helps you to “tap in” to your spirituality.  The consistency of my spiritual practice helps to generate stability in all areas of your life.

white and black ceramic cup filled with brown liquid on brown wooden suffaceYou can cultivate spiritual growth through meditation and contemplation. You deserve to devote time to personal reflection so that you can align your actions to your beliefs. I want you to have a quiet place where you can develop a positive habit of going to find balance in the midst of solitude.

You can and should turn off the world and focus on your soul in order to be the person you want to be – from the inside out. I place enormous emphasis on developing your Spiritually Authentic inner person because that is who you truly are. Our outward actions are only as kind and generous as we are on the inside.

Today, I encourage you to choose to set aside time for spiritual growth. Place a high value on your spiritual development as the foundation of who you are and who you can become as a person. By taking intentional care of my spirit, I ensure positive growth for all other areas of my life as well.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. How much time do I spend daily in prayer, contemplation, or meditation?
  2. How is my spiritual growth tied to other areas of my life?
  3. What time of the day could I set aside for reflection?
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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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