Quotes for Healing, Support and Inspiration
March 3, 2014 by Joanna Poppink
Filed under Eating Disorders, Empowerment, Finding Your Voice, Healthy Communication, Healthy Coping, Mental Health, Recovery, Self Esteem, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care, Self-Compassion, Spirituality, Wellness, Wellness, Writing and Poetry
Wisdom quotes you carry in your pocket or post on your wall can inspire your mind and heart plus help keep you on your recovery path. Here are a few you might not know.
This one is a guide for anyone with separation difficulties.
“There’s a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize
when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over – and to let go.
It means leaving what’s over without denying its value.”
Oh, I so like this one!
“Our discomfort is actually a gift of spirit.
It is the backside of the drama,
the part of us that is held back at this moment.
It shows itself as a feeling of ‘I’m not happy.
I’m feeling a longing, and I don’t quite know what that is.’
The early stage of dream-building is to honor your discontent,
which is the greater part of you yearning to be discovered and expressed.
Honoring the discontent is the doorway into the next dimension of life.“
Simple, to the point and essential for eating disorder recovery.
“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.”
She’s so great! I believe her writings have guided countless young girls to a more healthy path in life than they might have followed without the Blume books in their psyches. I believe her books are part of eating disorder prevention in our culture. Happily for me, I met Judy Blume at an Author’s Guild even and was able to tell her so. She was surprised at the eating disorder recovery reference. I think she’s a champion in this area without even knowing it. 🙂
Judy Blume does not write about eating disorders. Her stories support the development of a healthy, sturdy person who can meet challenges in life, feel what she feels and learn to make good decisions. Anyone who can do that does not develop an eating disorder.
“To get smarter, do the unfamiliar.”
Oh, yes, I agree. I call it “jibing” in Healing Your Hungry Heart. Do the familiar in unfamiliar ways. It breaks up rigid patterns in your mind and allows new growth and healing to happen.
Illness puts you into one or more different states of awareness and consciousness. Let yourself explore and remember what may seem strange mental wanderings.
Many of the practices that traditional religions impose upon seekers – abstinence, isolation, stillness –
are practices that illness imposes upon us, so it is in a sense a cocoon that allows revelation to unfold.”
What clarity, insight and wisdom have you gained from suffering with an eating disorder?
Use your illness to allow your own revelations to unfold
- Write down your dreams
- Write down your daytime fantasies, sweet or horrible, goals and recriminations
- Use these writing as prompts for free writing. Allow yourself the freedom to explore.
- Be brave and allow yourself to be surprised.
You can discover your wisdom within your writings. Then you can enjoy new self confidence as you support and inspire your own healing journey.
Joanna Poppink, MFT, Los Angeles psychotherapist