Weight, the book
The effect of borderline parenting on children - part one

Morning meditation - Look beneath the surface

The proverb says that you can't tell a book by its cover. We learn, hopefully, through experience that appearances can be deceiving. The large and rough hewn man can be quite kind and thoughtful just as the petit and retiring woman can turn into a shrew words cannot describe.

Rather than jump to conclusions we should approach situations with curiosity gathering information before we make our assessments. In the spiritual life we hang back a bit to get the lay of the land, to learn the ropes, to size things up before making our decisions. There is no rush. Take your time. It takes a while to get to know people and to understand situations. Impulsive decisions, taking things at face value, often is a mistake. We need to read between the lines, to learn about the shadow side before rushing into judgement. As the saying goes, "There are two sides to every story." Indeed, in the spiritual life we learn that there are multiple sides to every story, often more than just two. The thoughtful discernment of situations require us to look at things from multiple angles. If we think we know what we're talking about, we're probably full of baloney. There is a lot more to things than their external appearances. Look beneath the surface.

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