WHENEVER SOMEONE IS seriously agitated, we instinctively say, “Take a deep breath.” Likewise, when we are swept up in a current of emotions, passions, impulses, and drives that distort our capacities to care, our first move is to find solid ground. Acting out at the mercy of the drives and passions of our inner world only wreaks havoc for others and for us. We need to secure some distance – emotionally and, if necessary, physically – that allows our emotions to settle.
Taking a time-out, walking outdoors, going on a retreat, finding a moment to ourselves or with God, or simply catching our breath solidifies our footing until the ground feels solid, safe, or perhaps sacred enough to engage the situation more clearly. This “moment” may need to last for a season.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From page 28 of Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When was the last time you found yourself needing a time-out? Did you take it? Share your thoughts.
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13, NRSV
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