In Getting Out of B.E.D., I describe many of the different tools I used in my recovery from Binge-Eating Disorder. Recently, when I experienced a resurgence of self-loathing, I opened up my “toolbox” in an effort to not re-engage with the all-too-familiar, destructive behavior patterns of the binge cycle. I discovered that writing–specifically, journaling about my thoughts and feelings–was a tool I hadn’t picked up in some time. So, here I am! Several private journal entries and two public blog posts later.
What I’m discovering is that the reason writing is such a great tool is that it keeps my mind active. I don’t have the chance to ruminate on what I ate or what I look like. I don’t have time to trash-talk my body. My mind is engaged in doing something positive for myself and others. My spirit of creativity is satisfied through the process of writing. So for me, an active mind equals a satisfied spirit.
What satisfies your spirit? Think about it. See if you can make a list of five healthful, life-affirming activities that produce a feeling of satisfaction and calm. Consider today whether you are providing your spirit with as much nourishment as you provide your body. If things are out of balance, see what you can do to put things back in alignment.
Peace, joy, and health!