Empower yourself by going towards what scares you. Take it to the table and be with it. Get to know it and openly share company with it.
Opal was throwing up. She threw up more when she gained weight or felt fat. Throwing up didn’t help her lose weight. It was just a tool she had to deal with it all. Opal was told often not to worry about her weight. Told, she looked fine and not to weigh herself. No one said openly, “Opal, you’ve gained weight and you’re going to get other illnesses because of it if it keeps going.” They were afraid saying anything like that would make her throw up. Hm.
What do you say?
We remember the three things that help maintain long-term weight loss. Well one of the main reasons they work is because they help keep us present with “the problem” or “fear” or “shame” or however we name it. Our natural instinct is to go away from fear but this is another example of when we don’t get help following our instincts.
What empowers Opal is to get tools to contend with her struggle with obesity. It is probably a life-er for her and oh-well! We can love our flaws better if we stop running from them and grow our skills in living with them in a friendly way.
Get empowered with whatever you are afraid of in yourself. If you can’t do what you need to do to be in the place of that fear, it may be that you have a medical illness keeping you from coping better. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Staying with your journey, even to taking medication, even to naming brain illness in your life is so courageous. You become one of the great ones. Heroic. It is so much easier to disconnect and lose our opportunity to love our flaws.
Have you ever heard someone call their life-er, “my old friend?” Maybe it is arthritis? Or recurring cancer? Maybe it is brain disease. Some day, we will also name our own, “my old friend.” And we, with Opal, will mean it.
Self-Care Tip – Empower yourself by your presence.
Questions: How do you do what is friendly to yourself when your instincts tell you not to? What has that done for you? Please tell us your story.
- Is There a Link Between Sleep and Weight? (thelifestylechanger.wordpress.com)
- Taking Care of Our Own Emotional Junk Empowers us Not to Take Care of Theirs (friendtoyourself.com)
- Other Fears of Medication For Brain Illness (friendtoyourself.com)