My friend and colleague, the luminous Vinita Hampton Wright, has a blog for women called Days of Deepening Friendship. Like my hero, Margaret Silf, Vinita has an innate and instinctual understanding of Ignatian Spirituality. She recently wrote a piece on Spiritual Freedom that I thought was simply excellent. Here is an extract. The entire post is not that long and is well worth reading.
What does it mean to be spiritually free when life is an emotional roller coaster? Am I free when I’m able to tamp down any emotions that disrupt the flow of my work or relationships? Am I free when I have permission to express any and all emotion? Am I free if I don’t experience any emotion to an extreme degree but keep things more tempered and even? Am I free when I experience mostly the positive emotions such as bliss or peace rather than the negative ones such as anger or anxiety?