Sometimes, I have to take my therapist’s words with a grain of salt or filter them through a Catholic lens. More often, I discover that my lifelong spiritual failings are actually emotional wounds. And as they heal, it becomes easier to follow Christ.
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Simcha, thank you for writing this. Mindfulness as a mainstay of contemporary therapy is largely the life’s work of a Catholic therapist and researcher, Marsha Linehan. I know this because her therapies saved my daughter’s life. A brief article on Dr. Linehan’s life and spirituality: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/health/23lives.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
This is so beautiful. And inspiring. All I know is that when I stumbled upon you on the internet, I knew that you were someone very rare. You may look back on those days as your “pre-therapy” days, but your words were pure therapy –to your readers! I think there is something really deep about this. We can’t find healing within ourselves, we must become a link in a chain.