I’ve said before that the secret to self care is knowing your center.
The more time we spend connected to our sacred center, the greater the buffer zone we create between the outside noise of the world and interior voice of Truth.
So self care and spirituality are inseparable to me. In fact, when we talk about an integrative life, connecting with the divine is the thread that binds all the parts of our life into a whole.
Just like a muscle, the more time I spend reconnecting to my center, the more I feel God’s guidance in my life.
And as I feel God’s guidance in my life more and more, I’ve come to notice 5 different ways he seems to show up for me. I call them my “God languages”.
I thought I’d share them here to see if any of you also “hear” God in these ways.
1. Divine Laughter
You know when your breath is taken away by the beauty of this world? It could be that spectacular sunset on a mountain top, soaking in hot springs in the winter, watching your children sleep, noticing a blade of grass or the center of a flower in all it’s complexity and elegance.
Whatever it is you are just overcome with how good and true and beautiful it all is- I hear God’s laughter in these moments.
2. Divine Winks
One of the things that majorly increases in my life when I take time to reconnect to my sacred center are moments of synchronicity- of Providence- of “holy coincidence”- where you just KNOW there is no way this is random.
Maybe it is the exact book you need falling off the shelf in the bookstore. Or you run into the exact person you were thinking about. Or you were at the exact place at the exact time to get exactly what you needed. That, to me, is a God wink.
3. Divine Nudges
This is when I feel that inner urge to do something. Even though it is clear, it sometimes isn’t strong. Many times it is clear and subtle, soft, and fleeting. I can all too easily barrel through these nudges and not follow them.
But when I do, when I’m living in a way that I’m attentive to the inner nudge, the hunch, the inspired thought, the flicker of energy around an idea…and I do it or move toward it in some way- I’ve never been sorry I did.
4. Divine Downloads
For me, a divine download is when I get a bolt of lightening kind of inspiration or explanation about something that feels beyond my own ability to figure out.
It often happens for me when I’m in some kind of “moving meditation” where my thoughts are open and free flowing but my body is doing some activity. Like long walks on a trail or showering or gardening. I sometimes find myself sprinting home to try and keep it all in my mind long enough to get it down in my journal.
5. Divine Wormholes
These are my favorite times of life. This is when you have lost all sense of time.
You aren’t in chronos time any longer, you’ve shifted through a wormhole into kairos time – where clocks stand still and you are so deeply enjoying what you are doing that you are thinking about nothing else and are totally, fully 100% present in your life.
This can happen for me when I travel and explore new place and cultures. It can sometimes be when I paint or write in my journal. It happened all the time when I was dating my husband and we could talk for hours and it felt like minutes. Another huge wormhole doorway for me is when I’m teaching.
Have you noticed any of these divine languages in your life?
Let me know in the comments how you feel the movement of Truth in your life- and what helps you hear that voice more clearly.
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Yes, yes, yes! I’ve never thought about it before, but while reading your examples, my head was just bobbing up and down in agreement. I know exactly what you mean – on all 5 counts!
I so love it when I read something with my head bobbing the whole time- love this article did it for you, Jacquelyn 🙂
I have been savoring my God winks! They are just all around me and I just marvel! And feel so loved! Thank you for this post!
No matter what kind of self-care I am trying to do, it can become self-centered or I can become a bit neurotic if I forget the main thing…the One that gives us the wisdom, time, and ability to care for ourselves and others:) My favorite one is the God laughs. His creation is just amazing! I think you gave wonderful examples! I have experienced all of these! Everything is so much more fun and less stressful when you have that centered peace…thank you for your wisdom and for sharing with so many:) <3
I hear it, Becky- it is a crucial part of caring for me- if it isn’t the bedrock, the rest is superficial and never really restores…
Thank you Lisa for expressing the “God Love” that I have always felt, known in my heart, & experienced.
I’m also SO grateful for the MAJOR insight you brought about by making the connection between spirituality & self-care. Yes!
I’m really learning & experimenting more with the different ways I can reconnect to that inner sacred space. Thank you wise wild (a la Pinkola Estes;) mama!
Yes and yes, Adina! 🙂 (Did you know I loooovve Estes?!?) honored to be a wild mama along with you!
Lisa, I have never heard God’s languages conveyed in this way. You have given us a beautiful way to experience God and a way to describe it.
I think I experience all five, although not all the time. I love the winks, downloads, and the wormholes! What a nice way to re-frame receiving confirmation, inspiration, and sacred solitude.
To remember that God has his hand on us during all of these times, makes it more powerful and meaningful than simple coincidences.
Marci- so true! I love thinking that life has all the meaning that we give it…and I intend to saturate this lifetime with all kinds of meaning and purpose and love!! 🙂
Interesting to read this in my email today. I went to the dry cleaners today and as I left I felt the “nudge” to give the lady at the counter the $100 bill I had in my wallet. I never have cash. I kept dismissing this feeling thinking she might be offended if I thought her to be needy. But the thought didn’t leave and then I read this tonight. I think she will be receiving a blessing from this nudge when I pick up my cleaning tomorrow! I pray that God will let this provide for whatever need she has.
Lisa, I so like the God languages. He does speak so much more than we take the time to acknowledge. Especially agree with the self-care and spirituality interconnection. I was blessed to do 2 of your courses in the past 6 mo. and now this school year i’m attending a once a month wknd. retreat/school on spiritual formation. After my first wknd. there i was more centered than i’ve ever experienced…it was a real blessing to be centered and living more freely. I am seeing how the Harmonize Hormones course and the spiritual formation classes are really dove-tailing for me and has helped me move forward in some rather life-long challenges. Interestingly enough the name of the spiritual formation is, KAIROS.
Finding you online is certainly on my list of blessings this Thanksgiving!
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