March 1, 2016

About Serving Love

The word inspire comes from “in spirit”, spirit being God, creator, universe, Holy Spirit, the One, however you define that sense of everything being connected and greater than all of us. I believe that when we feel divine or sacred connection (many call it “heart connection”), we become inspired to love and care for ourselves, each other, and the earth. Many things can spark a feeling of deep connection – a beautiful flower, a baby, gazing into another’s eyes, a waterfall, a work of art, a piece of music, prayer, meditation. Serving Love exists to help you feel and sustain that sacred connection, inspiring you to choose a healthy and heartful life.

You know what it feels like when your heart is full, and from that heartful place, how you treat yourself and others, how you see the world, and how you are moved to be of service. Imagine what the world will be like when we all live from a heartful place! Every challenge will be a golden opportunity for whole person transformation as we feel the flow of an inspired, love-filled life.

Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation.
-Rabindranath Tagore


About Hunter Purdy, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC

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A registered nurse for more than 25 years, I have had a private practice as a holistic nurse since 2004. I chose nursing as a career in response to being called to share what I somehow knew to be true: Everything is connected. I believed if we could all understand our inseparability with everything, we would make better choices for our own health, as well as the health of our families, communities, and the earth. I was fascinated with the mindbody connection and felt nursing would provide a respected credential through which I could serve my calling.  I now feel the connection we share as unbounded pure being, the wholeness of life, consciousness, infinite possibility, every miniscule point of creation containing the whole of creation, beyond description, and expressed as Love (and Love’s kin – kindness, compassion, care, appreciation, equanimity, respect, etc.). I became board-certified as a holistic nurse in 1999 (www.ahna.org, www.ahncc.org) and as a health and wellness coach in 2013 (www.inursecoach.com, www.ahncc.org).

Holistic nursing, a nationally recognized nursing specialty, is defined by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association (www.ahna.org) as “nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal”. Holistic nurses are specialists in whole person health, healing and wellness. They use nursing knowledge, theories, expertise and intuition to partner with those for whom they provide care. Holistic nurses honor the interconnectedness of mind, body, spirit, emotions, beliefs, values, culture, environment, and the earth. The practice of holistic nursing requires nurses to care for themselves in the same way they care for others, to “walk their talk”. Holistic nurses know that partnering with those they serve results in growth, healing, and self-awareness of both participants.

Health and wellness nurse coaching became a nationally recognized nursing specialty in 2013. A partnership with a nurse coach is a relationship between equals for the purpose of meeting personally-defined goals. The nurse coach helps you access your natural creativity, resourcefulness and inner wisdom. Health and wellness nurse coaching is grounded in the principles and core values of holistic nursing. Nurse coaches use deep listening without judgement, intuition, curiosity, powerful questions, compassion, respect, enthusiasm and love to help you find the answers you seek to meet your goals. Health and wellness include the whole of your life. Relationships, work/life purpose, spirituality, creativity, sexuality, environment, money, mental health, physical health and learning to tap into your inner wisdom are perfect places to start with a nurse coach.

We are One. Growing up in different parts of the country, living on farms and in cities, obtaining a degree in agriculture, caring for a great diversity of human, plant and animal life, and continually seeking answers to the deeper questions, I have come to know the inseparability of mind and body, human and soil health, and of the world’s diverse spiritual traditions.

Live Love Now. Those for whom I have had the privilege of caring as a hospice nurse have been among my greatest teachers. They taught me that the best opportunities for peace and healing are created by a caregiver who listens to their deepest stories, and who knows that who they are is way more important than anything they have done. I love being with those that know their life on earth is limited. They know what is important and what needs to be released. Why do we have to wait for wake up calls like cancer or heart attacks to look life and death in the eye and choose love?

Grow your own healthcare. I love growing REAL food – the most beautiful nutritious food possible using methods that respect the health of the soil, air and water – raised with love. Plants thrive on love (water, compost, mulch, beneficial insects, cover crops and tender loving care). Animals thrive on love (clean pastures, free to move around and be together, with compassionate respectful care). My favorite part of gardening is preparing the soil, sowing seeds, planting seedlings, mulching, watering, nurturing… everything is tidy, changing every day, grateful for attention. A garden at that stage is a work of art! I also love preparing, serving and sharing simple delicious and beautiful meals with others. Real food is medicine. I suffered for eight years with belching, bloating, abdominal pain and weight loss that was then followed by brain fog, no energy, increasing allergies, chemical sensitivity, a sense of helplessness and despair. Conventional medical testing told me nothing was wrong. With the help of integrative medicine physicians, energy healers, therapists, coaches, body workers and others, I began a journey toward whole person health, and slowly began to improve. Together we discovered leaky gut, food sensitivities and autoimmunity from chronic inflammation that had slowly developed from many years of not listening to my body when it was yelling for me to stop my workaholic, perfectionistic, pushing-through-no-matter-what ways of responding to life. One of the biggest factors in my healing has been the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet or GAPS (www.gapsdiet.com). Another has been learning to love everything as an opportunity for awakening.