Margaret Guenther on self-care

A certain bossiness on my part regarding self-care seems to be welcome, as if he directee were saying to himself, “If my spiritual director says I must, then I really must go for a run or play a game of tennis. And it’s a matter of holy obedience to get a sitter at least twice a month so that I can spend an evening alone with my wife.” There is a certain playful complicity: the directee and I both know that the “assignment” is really a permission, a permission that wouldn’t be necessary if he were able to honor and care for himself as a part of creation. Holy Listening, page 77

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