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5 Signs That You Are Making Spiritual Progress

Arvid’s Arcana 5 Signs Of Spiritual Progress

Is your spiritual life progressing? Is your spiritual practice unfolding in a good way? Here are 5 signs of spiritual progress according to meditation teacher Shinzen Young, with whom I have studied for many years.

1. You have less suffering. You are less plagued by resentment, self-pity, negative judgment of self and others and envy. You are able to take the bumps and hardships of life with greater calm and equanimity.
2. You have more fulfillment. You experience gratitude for your life and the many joys and gifts that you have been given. You enjoy your loved ones, your friends, your community, your activities and your material goods. Nature nurtures you. You feel your life matters.
3. You have more insights. You see more and more the interconnections between your own existence and the world at large. You intuitively sense the right action to take more often.
4. You have more positive behaviors and fewer negative behaviors. You find yourself being kinder and more patient with other. You are less judgmental. You may find yourself having an easier time letting go of unproductive habits. You may find it is easier to take good care of yourself.
5. You have a natural tendency to act more compassionately and to serve others.
I’d say if a spiritual path does not result in these signs of progress in the long run, you may want to look closely at what path you are on.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Sandy wrote:
Well put! I think I am making progress, but still have a long way to go.
Shinzen Young has a lot to offer us in his teachngs.

Fri, November 2, 2012 @ 9:08 PM

2. connie mack wrote:
This entry is old but it caught my eye as l was putting bookmarks on my new computer and as l looked more carefully at what is on the First church website. Some of the habits that l have developed (or that have been forced on me) due to all the changes in my life, seem to amount to a somewhat undisciplined, but developing spiritual practice. I realize some of these signs of spiritual progress are much the same as the signs l have used as a measure of healing from some of my emotional pain. lf there is some purpose and thought to the process of healing, that is probably a part of or the beginnings of a spiritual practice. I stop often to examine things that are in my life, because so much has been stripped away that I don't have the desire or sometimes even the ability to react automatically, without thinking or examining what is involved. Nothing, emotionally, mentally or physically is where it has been so I cannot negotiate even simple tasks without putting more thought into it than I would have in the past (forced mindfulness?)

Mon, June 2, 2014 @ 9:49 PM

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