“You must learn to sit with the restless, painful energy and not let the momentum pull you under and cause you to do the same thing over and over that’s ruining your life and the lives of those around you.”
— Don’t Bite the Hook, Pema Chödrön (via creatingaquietmind)
Sunday Evening Affirmations;
I choose to accept myself exactly as I am at this moment, with infinite compassion.
I choose to accept others exactly as they are at this moment, with infinite compassion.
I choose to see potential rather than limitation.
I choose to strive for progress and improvement rather than “perfection.”
I choose to accept my current knowledge while remaining open to expanding my mind and growing wiser.
I choose to begin anew with each breath, understanding that the past is no longer true, the future is only an idea, and the present is the only time to facilitate peace of mind.
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation
Eating Disorders Awareness Week;
I think it’s important to raise awareness of the fact that eating disorders are not AT ALL warped eating habits and fad diets. In fact, eating disorders are very similar to substance abuse, in that each are broken coping mechanisms in which the sufferer is seeking some form of escape. Beyond the dialogue of size zero celebrities, fad diets, and negative media influences, there are many more complex issues that can facilitate the mindset that caters to eating disorders- childhood traumas, low self-esteem, psychological conditions, the desire to be in perfect control, etc. The causes are just as diverse as the sufferers themselves… Eating disorders do not discriminate by gender, weight, race, etc. I don’t speak of this much in the present anymore, but bulimia took complete control of my life at one point and I am very happy to say that I have been in recovery for the past 4 years.
There is not a specific formula to recovery that works for everyone, but I can say that SELF-ACCEPTANCE, COMPASSION, and a sense of patience and willingness to grow, heal, and face what absolutely terrifies me have been the most beneficial changes I’ve applied to my life. The changes do not come quickly or easily, but I swear on my life that recovery is going to make your life much more beautiful than the false promises of an eating disorder ever could.
"Con una pizca de sal y una pizca de amor"
“With a pinch of salt and a pinch of love”
Mural by Brazilian artist Nunca
Maximo Gomez Park