Self help activities support your recovery and help you expand your awareness, develop life skills, develop self acceptance and self appreciation, develop new relationships and equip you to live a life with more competence and joy. Here you will find articles that show you many ways of providing yourself with self help exercises and activities to enrich your life and articles that help you understand your own thinking and emotional process. Topics include: friendships, self-esteem, dreams, binges, relapse, yoga, secrets, check lists, writing, dream journals, gardening, education and career opportunities and more.

Forum Message re Hope or Acceptance

An important discussion is going on in the forum of this site about the difference between hope and acceptance. Since forum access is closed until Thursday, I offer this to my readers now in blog form. (You can find the discussion by going to the forum and clicking on "old forum."

I said to my soul, be still
and wait without hope,
for hope would be hope for the wrong thing

wait without love,
for love would be love of the wrong thing

there is yet faith,
but the faith and the love are all in the waiting.

Wait without thought,
for you are not ready for thought

Wild Feelings and Loyalty to Yourself: Part II

LhotseMountain.jos.500pixIn eating disorder recovery you experience times of wild emotions.  You feel that you are raw, out of control and so very disheartened about your lot in life.  Yet, being loyal to yourself and your experience is vital and reassuring to your recovery. What does being loyal to your experience look like?

Loyalty is a Vital Part of Eating Disorder Recovery

256px-Army-Good-Conduct-Medal-ObvBeing loyal to yourself means standing by yourself, being a friend to yourself, seeing yourself through a tough time.

Can you be loyal to yourself? Can you be steadfast and loyal to your body, heart and soul during good times and bad? 

If you commit to being loyal to yourself then you stay present and kind to your authentic self WHILE you are feeling fear, rage and despair - WHILE you are feeling wild cravings - WHILE you want to act out in destructive ways. 

Awareness: Your Threat or Ally?

-Lightning3Awareness, necessary for eating disorder recovery, comes in countless and unpredictable forms. 

When we are not aware we do not have the awareness of what we are missing.  Awareness rises from a dark night gently through a slow dawn.  Or it arrives during a dark storm with the crackling blast of a lightning bolt.

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