Relationship is a process of spiritual growth. We have an opportunity as we grow, learn and mature in relationship to deepen our existential sense of self and of life. Growing and learning as a person through the demands of relationship tends to improve relationships themselves, but can also lead to the development of wisdom, patience, resilience and inner peace.
In this episode, you’ll learn how to see your relationship as a spiritual growth opportunity that helps you develop as a person. Relationships help individuals to soften, be more present in the moment, develop more curious minds, and become more peaceful. Most of all, relationships act as a microcosm of our relationship with a greater Power, teaching us to value diversity and multiplicity and find Oneness in it.
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“If we do the hard work practically of finding oneness with our partner in that sea of complexity, then we have the tools to bring to the broader project of finding unity in the chaos, complexity, and multiplicity of life.” – John Howard
The definition of spirituality
On noticing how our relationship effects our existential perspective
What intimacy can teach us in our relationships… how to be softer, more open, more curious, and more vulnerable human beings
How our relationships can help make us more intelligent and wise
The importance of presence with our partner… and how it is the key to spiritual growth
“Anyone can be spiritual if they have a sort of deeper existential perspective on what it means to live.” – John Howard
Three ways our Relationship will offer us Opportunities for Spiritual Growth:
Living for something greater than ourselves
Becoming more whole in our qualities by merging with another person
Learning to find Oneness in the midsts of the chaos, diversity, complexity, and multiplicity of life
“Relationships migrate us from an individual perspective and existence into a shared perspective and existence and that transition by itself is very spiritual.” – John Howard