4-01: What Sustains and Replenishes You? How Do We Stay Spiritually Hydrated?

Saturday, February 25 | Period 4 | 10:00am - 11:15am 

Care of any kind: "compassion, generosity, communication, reconciliation, service, ministry, teaching, giving” begins with and is nourished by self-care. Or in the words of Charlie Parker, "If it ain't in you, it can't come out of your horn". Care begins with the power of pause. Care begins with the intentional choices we make about being present. About passion, grace, play, laughter and wholeheartedness. If we practice this power of pause, it spills into our relationships and our work. And our music. There is no doubt that I take my garden for granted, with its power to heal and sustain, where Sabbath and sanctuary tether and refuel the heart and spirit. It is a reminder that health, "physical, spiritual or mental", is not a guaranteed destination. It requires attention and mindfulness. In other words, it is requisite to pay attention (an invitation to the sacrament of the present moment). Which makes me wonder, what does it take to "stay hydrated" emotionally and spiritually?

Rev. Terry Hershey is an author, humorist, inspirational speaker, dad, ordained minister, golf addict, and smitten by French wine. He divides his time between designing sanctuary gardens and sharing his practice of "pausing" and "sanctuary",to help us rest, renew, and live wholehearted. Terry's book, "This Is The Life", offers the invitation and permission to savor this life, to taste the present moment. Most days, you can find Terry out in his garden “in Port Ludlow in the Puget Sound” because he believes that there is something fundamentally spiritual about dirt under your fingernails. 

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