Friday, February 26, 2010

"Feeding the Hole in the Soul"

Just stumbled upon an incredible article on The Huffington Post that suggests that a spiritual malady, a "hole in one's soul" if you will, is the deepest and truest cause of addictive eating and dieting for so many Americans. In preparation for Eating Disorders Awareness Week Dr. Judi Hollis writes:

"...Despite our extensive knowledge of calorie counts, food combining, pulse rates and fat content, we keep putting on more weight. Instead of focusing on food plans, our time would be better served in FEAR ... Face Everything and Recover. Cultural expectations of unnatural thinness have created this national epidemic. Yes, advertisers have contributed to the anorexia-bulimia-obesity continuum, but there is more to it than the model culture, fitness crazes, heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis.

We are facing a spiritual crisis, where striving and competition are our mantras. On national television shows, we pit obese sufferers against each other, to tragically compete at weight loss...

...Overeaters are the "miner's canary" for a society trying desperately to ignore it's softer side. When excess eating is curtailed, senses are heightened, and we feel and notice in a much deeper and more vibrant way. But, many would rather keep focusing on dieting....

...Even though we have a super-sized appetite for fast foods, the national malady has more to do with our spiritual connections: how we live, who we are, how we think, how we fight, how we love, how we face fear, how we die. Genetics might load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.

Simply put, it's not a battle, but a surrender. It's a surrender to a more spiritual way of living. But, the spiritual life is not for sissies. Some think that wearing Birkenstocks or lighting incense gets it. You can't just hang out with the "metaphysical maniacs" for six months, become your own personal prom queen, and then get back into the fray.
Spirituality is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself less..."

I urge you to read the entire article here. These excerpts offer an overveiw but the message weaved throughout Hollis' words is too important to skim. Hollis has a remarkable grasp on addiction.

No comments: