When "Spiritual development" is mentioned to me my mind immediately pictures some Zen buddhist monk in a Tibetan wilderness, 'Ommm'ing his life away in the most desolate and frugal of surroundings
The closest I've ever come to this level of enlightenment is to watch Ace Ventura
Spiritual development doesn't mean trying to be a saint and living the most virtuous of lives
It simply means to understand and develop your Core Beliefs, and striving to have your thoughts, actions and responses reflect these on a daily basis
For those with an active faith, there is already a clear start point
We are of the Christian faith. We believe in the God of the Bible, and that Jesus Christ is our Saviour, who died on the cross at Calvary to atone for our sins and give us the gift of eternal life
This doesn't mean, however, that we judge anyone else's beliefs
The very definition of faith is "believing in something that cannot be seen or proven"
So how can we say that our belief "that cannot be seen or proven" is the right one, and your belief "that cannot be seen or proven" is wrong?!
It is the epitome of hypocrisy
Furthermore, to have a Core Belief doesn't mean believing in an omnipotent being or entity
Many people anchor their beliefs into an ethos (philanthropy, agape love etc)
There is no RIGHT or WRONG Core Belief
That being said, to not have one often leads to a life of floundering, where actions, decisions and responses are seemingly arbitrary and lead to confusion within ourselves and those around us
With that in mind, the first question we would like you to contemplate in this here garden is:
"What is my core belief?"
As ever, to answer this question you need to be totally honest with yourself. If you aren't honest with yourself, you cannot make any progress in terms of understanding and growth
Take some time today to reflect on what it is that you believe, what it is that drives your actions and responses, and ultimately, whether this is who you want to be and what you want to represent