Blessings to all. By way of introduction, I am 40 years old, female, Anglican, over-educated.
I was privately doing penance without a spiritual director for a long time, with mixed effects, leaving me somewhat confused. I realized that my actions were out of pride, not humility; so I backed off of practicing corporal mortification of any type (aside from fasting during Lent, etc) for several years. I have now reached a place where I am grounded in a routine of prayer, meditation, and service, and hope to better focus myself on the sufferings of Our Lord and of those less fortunate than I. I'll likely be reading posts for a while, rather than contributing at first.