Mr. Standfast

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

September 27, 2004

Emotional Health

Today I want to feature a post from Men of the Vineyard. It's about "the emotionally healthy and maturing disciple." Seven essentials are listed:

1. You must be willing to look deeply inside yourself.
2. You must work at breaking the power of the past.
3. You must live in brokenness and vulnerability.
4. You must learn to receive the gifts of limits.
5. You must embrace grief and loss.
6. You must make incarnation your model for loving well.
7. You must drink from the contemplative tradition of silence, solitude, Sabbath and spiritual direction.

What do you think? Is there anything missing from this list? Anything you would add? The same post goes on to suggest that, as a spiritual exercise, we should ask ourselves four questions about our emotions.

1. What are you mad about today?
2. What are you scared about?
3. What are you sad about?
4. What are you glad about?

The reason is, all these emtions are going on in us all the time. I find all this very interesting, and so I just thought I'd share it with you. Now I'm going to go away and think on these things while I mow my lawn for the last time this year. Wahoo!


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