5 Powerful Spiritual Development Techniques to Adopt Today for a Better Life 286

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Some people don’t even think about achieving more in life and going beyond average, while others are interested in personal development and have tried stuff. Some of the second group are even fanatical about progress. But there’s a small percent that takes something else into consideration too – spiritual development.

It’s the keystone of happiness and success, I’d say.

And it should be worked on as much as you try to develop any other skill or quality in life.

It’s quite underestimated, but those who dedicate time to it are unbeatable today, nothing life throws at them can bring them down simply because they’ve mastered the art of accepting things, learning to adapt, dealing with difficulties, helping themselves and not needing anyone else.

Here are some spiritual development techniques I’ve been pondering on lately that might just be what you need in your life right now.

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1. Deal with loss before you experience it.

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Understand that everyone you love that’s always been next to you may not be here tomorrow.

People may leave, die, or just stop caring about you. Accept it, and even imagine your life without them and be okay with it.

That’s the circle of life, and one of the paths to true wisdom is learning to adapt to such change (as it’s often the hardest to live with). Be ready for it today. No matter who or what you lose, life will go on, and so will you.

You don’t need to have a void inside for the rest of your life after you lose a loved one. That’s not how the person would want you to react. Instead, praise the life you had together, keep the beautiful memories if you want.

But most importantly, appreciate them today. Enjoy the time you have left together by being present, listening to them, noticing the little things.

This way you won’t need to cry when they’re gone someday simply because you will have made the most of each moment you had the chance to spend with them.

2. Be a traveler.

Sit down today and invest some time in contemplating. Try to see life for the journey it is, the never-ending process we all go through for a short time, which cannot be truly experienced if you don’t travel.

Location doesn’t matter. But if you’ve settled down in one place, you’ve simply chosen your comfort zone and don’t want any big changes. However, change is happening already, all the time, everywhere around you and inside you, whether you like it or not.

That’s why in life you need to be a traveler, and to learn how to travel light. Seeing it for the process it is, is what will make you admire it, and make the best of it.

That’s one of the reasons I’m interested in location independent lifestyle – working, living and traveling anywhere. Digital nomads have found a way to make it in this world without being in the prison of places, jobs and fixed hours. And the spiritual development this brings is just a bonus.

And I’m not saying you should become one. But I do encourage anyone to explore the world a bit more, to challenge themselves by spending time in a completely different environment.

When you come back, however, don’t stop traveling spiritually. Keep growing on the inside, accepting the process and going with the flow.

3. Read between the lines.

Take a book today and read part of it. Then try to go beyond the written word and into the author’s mind.

What made him write that? Can you sense an inner struggle he was trying to hide from the reader?

Open your eyes for the invisible, feel the ‘why’ of everything around you and be interested in what happens in other people’s heads. That’s another unusual approach to spiritual growth.

4. Practice self-reliance.

One of the most useful things we can learn in life, and in order to master spiritual development, is to be emotionally independent.

Taking responsibility for your own actions, no matter what happens, is a success habit. But not many people realize how important it is when it comes to evolving spiritually and mentally.

Become stronger today by simply accepting the fact that everything you are and aren’t, have and don’t have in your life right now is a result of your actions (taken or not taken), of your attitude, thoughts and words.

But that’s not bad. It’s actually an opportunity. It means you can take full control and turn everything around.
You can start taking smarter decisions today, plan your future, invest more in relationships, be more confident to speak up and get out there, and so on.

So go do it. Stop blaming others, admit your faults, and go make something great out of your life.

Here are some tips on how to become emotionally self-reliant Leo from Zen Habits gives:

  • “Learn to fix your own problems. If you are bored, fix it. If you are lonely or hurt, comfort yourself. If you are jealous, don’t hope that someone will reassure you … reassure yourself.
  • Take responsibility. If you find yourself blaming others, tell yourself that the other person is never the problem. Of course, you can believe the other person is the problem, but then you are reliant on them for the solution. If you believe that they aren’t the problem, then you look inside yourself for the solution.
  • If you find yourself complaining, instead find a way to be grateful.
  • If you find yourself being needy, instead find a way to give.
  • If you find yourself wanting someone to help you, help yourself.”

5. Understand that you can’t have it all, and you don’t need to.

Mark Manson explains it best:

“But what if the answer isn’t to do more?
What if the answer is to want less?

What if the solution is simply accepting our bounded potential, our unfortunate tendency as humans to inhabit only one place in space and time. What if we recognize our life’s inevitable limitations and then prioritize what we care about based on those limitations?
What if it’s as simple as stating, “This is what I choose to value more than everything else,” and then living with it?

When we attempt to do everything, to fill up life’s checklist, to “have it all,” we’re essentially attempting to live a valueless life, a life where everything is equally gained and nothing lost. When everything is necessary and desired equally, then nothing is necessary or desired at all.”

If you find that idea interesting, please head over to his blog and read the whole article.

And in The Four Stages of Life he adds more to that:

“At some point we all must admit the inevitable: life is short, not all of our dreams can come true, so we should carefully pick and choose what we have the best shot at and commit to it.
But people stuck in Stage Two spend most of their time convincing themselves of the opposite. That they are limitless. That they can overcome all. That their life is that of non-stop growth and ascendance in the world, while everyone else can clearly see that they are merely running in place.”

Your turn now. Do you consider spiritual development important? How far have you come in yours?

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How to Embrace Losing and Find Out What Really Matters?

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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