In human development, maturity represents to many social and legal concepts. As opposed to a ‘minor’ a mature person has reached adulthood and therefore has more independence as a result. But this is not all there is to the question of maturity and development. Psychological adult development varies between individuals and is not as fixed as one might think. It is often inconsistent and contradictory in the ways it is described.

Biological Maturity& Legal Adulthood

Maturity is often expressed within the parameters of sexual development, the point of maturity occurring in time with puberty. The socially constructed term ‘adolescence’ often describes this period of time. This often causes distinction between biological and social understandings of adulthood. However, it is generally recognised that maturity is a point at which you take on wholly individual responsibility and autonomy, as well as biological maturity as a person.

To be considered mature is generally to reach the point when one is provided autonomy over their own decisions and as a result you are considered free to develop and become who you feel you are or should be.

Spiritual Maturity

This may be considered as the concept of developing a greater personal sense of what your spirituality means to you or connecting with a sense of spirituality for the first time. This can be developed in any number of ways and is not prescriptive, requiring self-knowledge and exploration over specific methods of action. The development of spirituality occurs at different points in everybody’s life, but it is never too late to further your understanding of yourself and the place you have within the universe.

Guided Meditation

In terms of self-development, the tool of guided meditation is imperative. When we seek to gain deeper understanding and experience of ourselves, as well as when we want to understand further what exists past ourselves and our ordinary reasoning, guided meditation can provide answers which are otherwise often hard to come by. Often, we can learn more about the universe as a whole through the process of meditation and exploring further what is intuitively within us. You could go as far as to say that guided meditation is near essential in the journey to spiritual maturity. The development of self-knowledge, including self-love, self-image and self-discipline all aid in allowing us to gain spiritual maturity. While it can be hard to imagine what lies beyond us, we can sincerely try, and guided meditation is based in the willingness to attempt to grow and mature for the better. This is why it can be highly beneficial in our understanding and own developing maturity, both physically and spiritually.

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