by Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara)
What are you responsible for?
What do you take ownership of?
I can probably list a litany of things, but what most concerns me is being responsible and taking ownership of my spiritual growth. When I reflect on my life, spiritual growth is an area I can honestly say it’s on me either to squander or elevate it, depending on the choices I make.
No-one should rely solely on another person for spiritual growth. The truth is, as an adult, it is your responsibility and no-one else’s. No-one can do the work for you. You have to take ownership of it yourself.
What enables you to grow spiritually, whether it’s daily prayers, consistent meditation, reading self-help books, learning to forgive and let go of past transgressions, or opening your heart, you must see yourself as an engine and vessel that makes it happen. Because that’s exactly what you are.
Spiritual growth, like with most things, occurs with practice. But not just with practicing the mechanics of ritual. Don’t get me wrong. Ritual is important because it does reinforce and reaffirm in your spirit and consciousness what you believe.
However, spiritual growth happens not when there is serenity and calm, but during tumultuous and stormy times. When life tests and places you in crossroad situations and how you respond becomes a measure of where you are spiritually and how much work needs to be done. Every spiritual challenge you overcome increases your spiritual awareness and growth.
But the one thing you must remember is, no-one is in charge of your spiritual growth except you.
Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara)
San Quentin Death Row
2/8/2018 06:09:59 pm
You are absolutely right my brother,
2/8/2018 08:27:12 pm
By saying that spiritual practices are up to oneself, you suggest that one knows best what sorts of exercises one needs. I agree. Only the individual has been there during all his or her moments in the body, on the planet. If that individual cares to, he or she can examine the track record as no one else can. To look at it requires a certain brash, sober, clinical integrity.
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