Your guide to visioning recovery, body acceptance, and perinatal support: Recovery is possible. You are not alone.
Dr. Linda Shanti Specializes in Recovery from Eating Disorders (compulsive eating, emotional eating, binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia), Body image challenges, Anxiety, Postpartum Depression (PPD), and New Mom support.
- Are you struggling with body image?
- Do you want freedom from food obsession?
- Do you find yourself engaging in disordered eating even though you "know better" (have read all the books, are a feminist, feel awful every time afterward, know it won't fix what you are really struggling with)?
- Are you wanting to cultivate a spiritual practice or use art for self discovery?
- Do you feel like you might be "too sensitive"? (There is no such thing as too sensitive, but we can talk about that).
- Do you feel other moms transitioned easily to this motherhood-thing and never question themselves?
I can help you explore these questions and others in the confidential space of therapy.
You have to vision, to image-in that something is possible before you can experience it. You have to imagine yourself in it. What do you imagine recovery, freedom from food obsession, freedom from (or a more mindful and compassionate relationship with) depression and anxiety, and accepting your body to look like? How would you feel? What would you be doing? What would your relationships look like? In the words of Meister Eckart:
"When the Soul wants to experience something, she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it."
It is possible to recover. It is possible to get yourself back (or find yourself in the first place). You are not alone.
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Having a changing, new body shape, size, and image in eating disorder recovery and postpartum can be challenging. But you CAN accept your body. You are not the same person as you were in your eating disorder or before becoming a Mom. Why should your body be the same?
The body has been made so problematic… that it has often seemed easier to shrug it off and travel as a disembodied spirit.
When I work with clients recovering from eating disorders, part of the work is identifying and challenging the voice of the Eating Disorder (sometimes called “ED”). And then the work is to develop a new “Recovery voice,” one that has rainbow (instead of black and white) thinking.
This “Recovery voice” is both compassionate and fierce. It can call your eating disorder on its shit and have compassion for the part of you that is struggling.
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