Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point - that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative - self-value. If you cannot love yourself, you will not believe that you are loved. You will always think it’s a mistake or luck. Take your eyes off others and turn the scanner within. Find the seeds of your jealousy, clear the old voices and experiences. Put all the energy into building your personal and emotional security. Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them." -Jennifer James
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“We live in a culture that worships thinness.
Media images establish what it means to be beautiful in our society. It doesn’t matter that the vast majority of us don’t look like the people we are taught to adore.
We are taught that our souls will only feel as good as our bodies look; that we can never be happy unless we reach physical perfection.
Our obsessions with eating and weight mask the deeper needs of our spirits. We are looking for a way to maintain peace, order, and security in a world that seems out of control.
We want to be happy and healthy, to feel accepted and connected within a larger community. We need to sense that our lives are meaningful—that we have a greater purpose.
The traditional way to manage these kinds of spiritual yearnings has been through religion.
Many people have adopted “The Religion of Thinness”. This religion teaches us that controlling our weight will gives us a feeling of control over a lives.
It offers us the hope of health and happiness through the idea of the “perfect” body, which we believe is attainable through diet and exercise. It teaches us to feel morally superior if we “eat right” aka less and connects us to a larger community of women who are trying to lose weight. It gives us rituals, such as counting and burning calories, that create a sense of order. And it includes a plethora of icons and symbols in the form of models and actresses whose image we are encouraged to recreate ourselves.
Perhaps most importantly of all, it gives us an ultimate purpose—the “salvation” that comes from being thin.
But in the end, its promise are hollow. The Religion of Thinness cannot fill the emptiness we feel inside ourselves.
It cannot satisfy our deepest hungers—our hunger for love and acceptance. It cannot undo the past or solve the problems that exist in our lives. It is merely a distraction. The hope it offers is an illusion, one that we have been fed by the media and other sources, and one that many of us have consumed with a religious-like fervor in our quest for meaning and purpose.
The truth is that our happiness and worth is not dependent upon being skinny.”
-Michele M. Lelwica
We can derive a sense of purpose not from trying to make our bodies thinner, but rather by simply being who we are and doing what we love.
Find a sense of purpose in being a mother, father, a daughter or son.
Find it from being a student and working hard towards a goal and a dream.
Find it from a job or hobby you love.
Find it from making other people happy.
Find it from surrounding yourself with people you care about and love.
Find a sense of purpose simply from the fact that you are alive, that you are breathing.
That you have a voice, an opinion, a mind.
Our weight and appearance are such a small and insignificant part of who we are.
You are so much more than a number.
You are full of meaning and purpose.
You create it every moment.
You are unlimited.
Set yourself free.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
YOU ARE LOVED
To be who you are is to be enough.
To share who you are is to share enough.
To do what you love is to do enough.
There is no race to win and nothing to be proven,
Only dreams to be nurtured, a self to be expressed,
And love to be shared.
Never doubt your worth,
And always know, without any doubt,
That you are truly valued and deeply loved.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understands, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not. -Virginia Satir
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We endure so much more than we think we can, all human experience testifies to that. All we need to do is learn not to be afraid of the pain. Grit your teeth and let it hurt. Don’t deny it, don’t be overwhelmed by it. it will not last forever. One day the pain will be gone and you’ll still be here. -Harold Kushner