If one is working on deep patterns through various practices and techniques with an overall continuous discernment then it is reasonable to term this as spiritual work. And progress in this, meaning reducing the distortions in my behavior and character, undoing misunderstanding, away from self-identification, has then in its own language become “spiritual evolution”. If this is why we are here then it is to understand ourselves, not merely our personality, but our fundamental behavior and thought patterns. It is to understand and care for others, help, be kind, and know when to walk away lest you get caught up with someone crafty (think “the serpent”).
But lastly, and very important to this, is more than just being a nice person, because the world is primarily full of nice people (maybe not nice corporations!!) but to actively go in and do the work, inside. This involves a focus on one or several of how one works the body, the breath, into the heart, mental processing. And this is why guidance is needed.
Yoga gets described and termed as many things. Most of the time because people don’t know any better and so the reduced form resonates the most, like body mechanics and breath measures and morality. But this is not yoga. And though intentions are the best, it can leave one going around in circles. uh oh, no spiritual evolution. Because the inner work is tricky. Without guidance and someone who really gets it we may stay on the same circle of doing without the inner transformations that arise.
However, this is very personal. Start by not having an opinion. Look at what you do. What advice are you given. What do you have as a practice not merely a routine. Always be sincere and seek good help, real clear advice. Not many really know the path, hence the challenge. And look at how you take on these practices and apply the continuous discerning throughout the day. It takes that much to get at spiritual evolution. All while being a nice person but knowing your boundaries with some “tough compassion.”
Be nice, help others, be kind to others, maybe that is a full time path, which only a very few manage due to life circumstances. So you with a job, relationship, world responsibilities need to also have an inner practice, which means regular and sincerely committed to, no excuses.
Wishing that as your own personal “spiritual evolution” into understanding what am I, are you, are we all doing here.
Stay positive, stay at it, stay centered