Self-Care in Times of Transition: Inviting the Spirit.
Transitions are sacred times, whether they’re times of loss, times of change, or times of uncertainty. The way we take care of ourselves during times of transition makes all the difference. I’m really facing this as I move through the journey of mourning the death of my mother. The loss is deep. It is a huge transition in my life, and in the life of my family.
I am realizing that self-care is about more than just the actions we take to nurture ourselves, it’s also about: strengthening our relationship with ourselves, deepening our self acceptance, and rooting ourselves more firmly in the Divine.
Lately, I have been feeling a degree of pain from a wound I carry from a period of my life during which my parents were neglectful. I am sensing the invitation from God to hold this wound with great tenderness, with the healing balm of love. For my true essence is love, not woundedness.
I hear the Spirit calling me to forgive the imperfections of life, of others, and of myself. How do I respond to myself when a wound is touched? Can I treat myself with the same steadfast love that God shows towards me?
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. (psalm 36:7)
If God is offering me steadfast love, and a place of refuge, then I am being asked to offer this love and refuge to myself.
If God is constantly offering me tenderness, loving kindness, compassion, and pure love, then can I offer these qualities of love and care to myself?
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We must trust that how we treat ourselves when we are feeling vulnerable is a sacred and significant act of self-care and love. God is showing us the way–if we are willing to follow.
Pause & Practice:
- Can you hold a wound you are carrying with tenderness and love?
- Can you forgive the imperfections of life?