Checking in for Week 33 of 50 Weeks to a Lighter More Loving You.
This week examine your HUB…your spiritual practices.
What are you doing in your spiritual life to keep you running smoothly, effectively carry loads, and cope with extreme conditions?
Is it an active part of your life…daily?
Spiritual practices are ways in which one connects with God/Higher Power or what ever you deem is greater than your self.
Based on Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God by Gary Thomas, here are Nine Sacred Pathways or spiritual temperaments that God creates in human beings so that we can connect and worship God in unique ways:
1. Naturalists — love God best outdoors. These people worship in the midst of God’s creation. They celebrate His majesty and discover spiritual truths through nature;
2. Sensates — love God through their senses. These people worship through sensual
experiences — sights (like art), sounds (music), smells, and more;
3. Traditionalists — love God through religious ritual and symbols. These people worship through traditions and sacraments of the Church. They believe structure, repetition, and rigidity, like weekly liturgy, leads to deeper understanding of God and faith;
4. Ascetics — love God in solitude and simplicity. These people worship through prayer
and quiet time, and the absence of all outside noise and distraction;
5. Activists — love God through confrontation, fighting for godly principles and values.
They worship through their dedication to and participation in God’s truth about social
and evangelistic causes;
6. Caregivers — love God by serving others, and worship by giving of themselves. They
may nurse the sick and disabled, “adopt” a prisoner, donate time at a shelter, etc.;
7. Enthusiasts — love God through mystery and celebration. These people worship with
outward displays of passion and enthusiasm. They love new experiences. They love God with gusto;
8. Contemplatives — love God through adoration. These people worship by their
attentiveness, deep love, and intimacy. They have an active prayer life;
9. Intellectuals — love God with their mind and their hearts are opened up to a new
attentiveness when they understand something new about God. These people worship
through intense study, apologetics, and intellectual pursuits of their faith.
Do you recognize yourself in any of these? You may find yourself in several of these and may see they change over your lifetime.
If you are not sure and want to take a Sacred Path assessment, go HERE.
With this list, we can see that there is not just one way to connect with God allowing us to utilize out unique temperament to do so AND to respect others in their way.
Encouraging to put your PATH into PRACTICE!
Cheering You on to a Whole Healthy Hub Heart,