|ps from ps: “Self care” – got my run in this morning. Check mark! My self care is done.|
But the term was broken open today for me by my Coach. For years and years, I’ve loosely defined self care as “sustainability.” You know, if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t keep this up. Or, I have to practice to self care to take a break from the chaotic days, scenes, news and events or I’ll have a mental/physical/spiritual health melt down. But the problem with that is then self care only becomes a pause. A time out for a few seconds or minutes so you don’t implode and self destruct before jumping right back into the same exact thing you were doing before. What’s the defination of insanity?
True self care is change. It moves us from rest to renewal. It recenters and adapts you. It becomes fulfillment and not just refilling. It regains health and invites you to carry that heralth forward. True self care puts you at a different place and going back to the exact same pace, place, spot, routine and process is just incongruent.
We’re moving into the season of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit inspires change and renewal in people for what will become generation after generation. The Holy Spirit doesn’t invite us into a pause or a rest stop or a moment. Instead, we are invited to a new type or care for ourselves and the world around us. We are invited to be a church. Not the brick and mortar type but instead the flesh and blood type.
That flesh and blood needs care too.
With all the universe has thrown at us in these days, it’s more important now than ever. Don’t take a “time out” or “practice” self care. Be changed by it. Be fulfilled by it. Be recentered by it. And be released to be the church through it.
Dear God, allow space for self care that full changes me. Amen
Be well, safe and blessed!