Healing Imagery and Intuition regarding Eating Disorders

The Marion Woodman three day Dreams workshop was warm, challenging and wonderful. I’ve been wondering what to share with you. Dream work is so personal, but then, so is eating disorder recovery. The most powerful image I had, toward the end of the second day, my intuition tells me is relevant to all eating disorders.

Marion Woodman as Teacher and Inspiration
Marion is in her eighties. Her body is disintegrating.

Effect of media messages on your eating disorder recovery

tvscreenCan you turn off media messages about your shape and size? Can you use health and vitality as your criteria for what you eat and how you look?

A recent Hubpages blog raised the question: Does advertising affect eating disorders? In my opinion, much of current advertising promotes both tiny size fashion in clothes and huge portion size in food. It's an impossible combination many people strive to integrate.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Bulimia or Anorexia? Part 3

What does it take to Heal from Bulimia or Anorexia? Healing from anorexia and bulimia requires development along all seven points I described in my last post. But what does it take to actually heal? And why does this healing take a long time? When I went back to college after a 13-year absence from academia, UCLA gave me a yellow piece of paper that listed my required courses. When I completed everything on the list UCLA would grant me a degree in psychology. The sheet was 81/2 x 11 inches. I tacked it on the wall above my desk and set to work. Every four months I checked off three classes. It took me three years to work through that one sheet of paper and qualify for my first diploma. Below is a short list of developmental tasks that can take several or many years to move through. Still, like my yellow sheet on the wall, the list can inspire a person to keep on keeping on. Perhaps, most importantly, the list confronts a person with realistic goals when her mind starts making excuses and rationalizing false beliefs.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Bulimia or Anorexia? Part 2

Why does recovery from anorexia or bulimia take years? Because vital developmental tasks must be addressed, and development takes time. Let’s look at what needs to be accomplished in recovery.

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