Mary O'Malley on The Gift of Our Compulsions


To some degree, we are all compulsive: think overworrying, overworking, overeating, alcohol/drug abuse. When we try to control these behaviors, they control us. They thrive in reaction. They heal in response. They won’t let go until they teach us how to engage with them, giving the attention and the compassion they need to heal. In the light of our compassionate attention, says Mary O'Malley, not only do our compulsions lose their power over us, they become a doorway into the healing we long for. 

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