Recently I read a great book titled, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero. I’ve been practicing getting quiet and then writing about feelings that are buried within. Many things have bubbled up. I’ve had some people to forgive and some feelings of not being valued. I’ve come to see how important it is to be heard. Not agreed with, not argued with but simply heard. Having someone hear you out and validate what you feel is good therapy. My wife, Gayle has become such a great listener.
As I’ve allowed some of the bottled up feelings to be released it is like a cloud has lifted. I’ve noticed several things happening inside lately. One of which is a much deeper compassion and empathy for others who are hurting. I wrote below about the homeless, but recently I’ve had a couple opportunities to come in pretty direct contact with two different homeless young ladies. Neither seemed to be drug users they just had no where to go. It moved me deeply. I found myself wanting to help, to give some money so at least they could "have some daily bread." Something to eat today seemed like a pressing need.
I’ve been on quite a spiritual journey, peeling the onion of my life, layer by layer. The end goal I know is to be like Jesus, to have love for all people, and to come to full maturity in the Lord. Though I’ve been traveling this road for 31 years, I feel like I’ve just begun!