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Emotions and Sprituality

When I was a child growing up in a Catholic family, I was very confused about the relationship between emotions and spirituality. I knew that attending mass every Sunday was meant to be spiritual, but going to confession on Saturday afternoon was another matter. Recounting my wrongdoings to the priest through the latticed window in the dimly lit confessional and being given five Hail Mary prayers to recite as penance didn’t sit well with me.

What were my wrongdoings? What did I confess?  Such misdemeanors as “I got mad at my sister three times.” “I had impure (i.e. sexual) thoughts twenty times.” The sense of dread prior to my admissions was followed by a very brief period of relief when I left the confessional. The problem was I know I would be back the next week with the same items to confess.

This situation was compounded by how my family with their German background kept emotional reactions and discussions completely under wraps. I had no idea that feeling anger and sexual energy are part of our humanness. It wasn’t until graduate school that I learned differently—that when we acknowledge our feeling states and make appropriate choices on how to express their energy we are both advancing our holistic wellbeing and walking right into spiritual territory.

The more I researched this topic the more I realized I had to write about the relationship between emotions and spirituality in words anyone could understand. Grow Up Your Ego: Ten Scientifically Validated Stages to Emotional and Spiritual Maturity is the holistic result. And that’s what this blog is all about: holistic healing of mind, body, spirit, and soul. What are your thoughts about the ego being too big or would be best gotten rid of?

Is Your Ego Too Big? Should It Be Gotten Rid Of?

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Comments 4

Super User on Monday, 25 July 2011 14:22

Yes, as you continue to read these blogs you will learn ways to help your ego work in your favor and thus improve relationships both with yourself and with others in your life.

Yes, as you continue to read these blogs you will learn ways to help your ego work in your favor and thus improve relationships both with yourself and with others in your life.
Super User on Sunday, 08 May 2011 14:28

I always thought of the ego as something I needed to get rid of. I’m looking forward to learning more factual information about it.

I always thought of the ego as something I needed to get rid of. I’m looking forward to learning more factual information about it.
Super User on Friday, 13 May 2011 14:29

You’re at the right place to learn more! Ongoing blogs on this site will not only explain the scientific importance of the ego in healthy functioning, but will also provide tips as to how to help the ego work for you and not against you.

You’re at the right place to learn more! Ongoing blogs on this site will not only explain the scientific importance of the ego in healthy functioning, but will also provide tips as to how to help the ego work for you and not against you.
Super User on Monday, 25 July 2011 14:32

Barbara’s words rang true for me as well. I’m anxious to hear more about helping the ego work in my favor, rather than against me. I also believe that may provide me with tools in understanding others better.

Barbara’s words rang true for me as well. I’m anxious to hear more about helping the ego work in my favor, rather than against me. I also believe that may provide me with tools in understanding others better.
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