Day 25 – Lenten Retreat with Thomas Keating

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Practice unconditional acceptance of others. This practice is especially powerful in quieting the emotions of the utility appetite: fear, anger, courage, hope, and despair. By accepting other people unconditionally, you discipline the emotions that want to get even with others or to get away from them. You allow people to be who they are with all their idiosyncrasies and with the particular behavior that is disturbing you. The situation gets more complicated when you feel an obligation to correct someone. If you correct someone when you are upset, you are certain to get nowhere. This arouses the defenses of others and gives them a handle for blaming the situation on you. Wait till you have calmed down and then offer correction out of genuine concern for them.

— Thomas Keating in Open Mind, Open Heart

Love in Christ,

Bishop +Ed

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The writings of Fr. Thomas Keating are taken from Spirituality and Practice. The reflections are my own.

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