Everyone has a guide on the inside.
And its name is not “eating disorder.”
Its name is “Truth.”
Today, I will embrace my authentic self.
Who I really am and what I have to say is
worth attention. I now give that attention
to myself by showing up for my life.
– Making Peace with Your Plate (p. 174)
When I first started recovery, I had no idea who I was. My self-worth had been crippled by my eating disorder, and my perception of who I was had been broken. Over time, within recovery, I got distance from the eating disorder and its demands and began to realize that there was a voice within me that wanted to be heard.
When I talk about the voice within me, I’m not talking about the voice that comes from a highly perfectionistic, judgmental or even self-belittling part of ourselves. I’m talking about the voice that champions us and begs us to honor ourselves, the way a power greater than ourselves meant for us to be honored. It is the energy that skirts the line between being gentle with ourselves and being accountable. It is found in our intuition, our gut, our truth…and is just waiting for us to tap into it. Dr. Roger W. Teel calls it “a divine power within us that knows more than we do.” We all have this inner voice, our very own Inner Hero that is capable of greatness. We may call it by other names, such as authentic self, wise mind, greatness, our truth, or even God.
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