I have a couple of friends that I meet with weekly and from time to time we’ll grab a book to read and discuss. Lately we’ve been reading Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero (paperback, Kindle).
Yes, I know the title is an awkward mouthful, but it is an absolutely amazing book.
The author writes about the critical link between emotional and spiritual health. He’s shares his own story (which is a wild ride) and explains how we need to face and address our emotional condition within the framework of our spiritual walk.
Here is a list of some of the things that show emotional health:
* naming, recognizing, and managing our own feelings
* identifying with and having active compassion for others
* initiating and maintaining close and meaningful relationships
* breaking free from self-destructive patterns
* being aware of how our past impacts our present
* developing the capacity to express our thoughts and feelings clearly, both verbally and nonverbally
* respecting and loving others without having to change them
* asking for what we need, want, or prefer clearly, directly, and respectfully
* accurately self-assessing our strengths, limits, and weaknesses and freely sharing them with others
* learning the capacity to resolve conflict maturely and negotiate solutions that consider the perspectives of others
* distinguishing and appropriately expressing our sexuality and sensuality
* grieving well
If you are hungry for any of these things, this book might be a good fit for you. I am seeing myself all over the pages of this book. I hope to study the book again with a couple of other groups that I belong to. It’s just that good.
One of the kindest things you can do for your spouse is grow up. Lori Byerly (yup, I really do say that)
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