We seek guidance, support, and inspiration from mentors. They can be teachers, parents, elders, or business associates. According to bestselling author Marsha Sinetar, these individuals serve as "artists of encouragement" who bring out the best in us.

We can also derive nourishment from the mentor's spirit coming through books, movies, poems, works of art, ancient saints, or modern day heroes. Inner silence unlocks this kind of guidance, and so do the gentle disciplines of gardening, knitting, or birding. These activities are catalysts to spur our "spiritual intelligence." So be available — open your heart and your mind to the abundant resources available all around you for your spiritual growth.