An uncle of mine refers to spiritual self-sustainment as “connecting to source.”
No matter how you fill your cup (or which metaphor you choose), it’s important to figure out which people and activities do that for you and to make time for them.
Taking a walk with my dad yesterday afternoon, he recalled going to the pub in Ireland with my friends and me after a hike and thinking that there’s something in that gathering that reflects how people are meant to live.
And that’s true: a shared experience followed by shared meaning-making — whether it’s coffee hour, pints, or any other story-crafting setting of your preference — is a formula that’s worked for lots of people over many years.
Some communities still organize around such activities and some don’t, but it’s worth finding or creating a practice that provides connection to source.