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a quote that grabbed my attention

There is a moving story told about Carl Jung, the psychiatrist, and one of his patients, a clergyman. Jung had suggested that his patient needed to take some time for silence and solitude each day.

The clergyman, believing he was doing just that, set aside an hour each day, closed his study door, turned on soft music, and picked up a book to read. When he did not improve, he returned to see Jung. After he had explained what he was doing, Jung commented, "You have not been in silence and solitude. You have been spending your time with various musicians and authors. Why are you not willing to spend one hour each day with the self you inflict on others the rest of the day?" (John Westerhoff in Spiritual Life: The Foundation for Preaching and Teaching (p. 34)

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xjenavivex
May. 6th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
That is fabulous. I cannot quiet my mind. I have not tried hard enough. I am glad Bethanna lead me to you!
synonym4shedog
May. 6th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear, I really needed to hear that today!

You are a blessing, Sarah-3-kitties-girl
my_pen
May. 6th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
"the self you inflict on others"

What an eye opener.

Thank you for posting this!
quesopresa
May. 12th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Hello! :)
I was wondering if we could be livejournal friends and potentially email buddies as well. I discovered you (sort of) through a cross-post on gimpgirl, when i went back to a posting on someone's experience with the MDA. (I don't rememeber all of the details -- but they're not far, I promise!)
My name is also Sarah, I also have a disability, and I am also in Seminary for a Master of Divinity. I'm originally from Michigan, but now am at school in South Carolina.
I won't add you until you say it's okay -- I am cool with privacy and such -- but I do think we might have a neat sort of connection and could have some empowering conversations if you're interested. :)
Peace!!
3kitties
May. 12th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
friend away
Hey, that would be awesome! Come on in. I just finished my second year. Disability stuff has been kind of difficult lately. You're coming at a good time.... I just did a post last week going over all my stuff for newbies on the list. :)
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