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The Power of Body Love

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I've been getting a lot of questions about how to learn to love yourself and your body again. This marks the first in a series of posts on this topic. I hope they serve you.

I battled anorexia nervosa for 24 years. For most of those 24 years, I was in denial that I even had a problem. After all, at that time I had spend almost 15 years building a successful research practice in my academic career studying factors that influenced body image and disordered eating and exercise. I was the researcher, not the victim. At least that's what I told myself.

Then one day a good friend of mine confronted me about it. After a week of fighting back and forth with him, I finally realized he was right. It took a lot of courage for me to “come out of the closet,” so to speak, about my eating disorder. To admit that I studied body image and eating disorders because, at a subconscious level, I was trying to understand myself.

My research focus shifted as I began my healing journey. Instead of simply focusing on factors that made women and men at risk for developing an eating disorder, I turned my focus to prevention. I wanted to know what helped prevent disordered eating and what helped those who were currently suffering actually heal. So as I studied these factors in my research lab, I became my own guinea. As I would read about and conduct research studies on things that helped, I would try them on myself to see if it worked for me. 

Early on in my studies I discovered something called self-love and I wondered how that could apply to my body. Could I use love toward my body to help me heal? And, if so, what would that look like? I came up with an idea. I wanted to write a love letter to my body. Little did I know how powerful and transformational this activity would end up being. It was very hard to do, but it became one of the most important pieces of the puzzle in my healing journey. In today's podcast, I walk you through how to do this and why it works. If you want a copy of my body love letter, you can get yours here. I hope it serves you.

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Tend to the Garden of Your Soul

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I've been getting a lot of emails lately from women who are experiencing what I like to call “bright shiny object syndrome.” May is here, and they're ready to finally blossom. Yet, they're not quite sure in which way they want to grow. In other words, it's like being at a buffet and there are too many items to choose from.

I, too, have been experiencing this as of late. But I've been around enough to know that this is a combination of multiple factors, and not something I need to act on right now.

I like to think of May as the time when we tend to our garden. It's an invitation to look at your life in its current situation. Where are there weeds growing? What do you want to harvest this year? What seeds do you need to plant now to make that happen? What's coming up that's left over or reseeded itself from last year? Do you even still want these things in your garden?

I invite you to think of your life as a garden. Examine each and every area. What's working well for you? What is working okay, but could stand a little improvement? What is not working at all? What do you just need to scrap all together and start over with? There's no judgment here. You don't even have to have all of the answers right now.  In fact, it's probably better if you don't. You need to leave yourself open space, an opportunity for things to be a little different than you expected. In fact, rather than going into this exercise with the attitude that you have to figure it all out, I invite you to go into it with an attitude of exploration. Try something new. See if you like it. If you do, keep it. If you don't, toss it. Give yourself permission to explore and see how life can be even better than you imagined.

But that's okay. Everything happens for a reason – even the things that we don't like. How can you use each one of these “life lessons” as opportunities for learning and growth?

I know that sometimes when you're feeling down, when things just aren't going your way, it's difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. May is a time of learning to trust yourself – of learning to have faith that, no matter what, it's all going to be okay. Even if you don't know how it's going to work out, even if you don't see a resolution, it will all be okay. In today's video, I help a viewer who is struggling with learning to live in the moment and be grateful for what she has when she feels like nothing is working out her way. I hope it serves you.

How can you tend to the garden of your Soul today?