Julie has connected to her soul. On the long road to recovery from binge eating, she has found service to others as the gateway to healing. As another beautiful friend shared recently, ‘every day, find something for which you are grateful, inspired by and in awe of.’ Here’s Julie ‘facing fear.’
“If I dare to dream, what is it I really want? What is my life’s purpose, my dharma? If I put aside all my fear, what do I really want to do with my life?
I’m finding that the more I connect with my true self, the clearer I am becoming as to what it is I want to do with my life. As I disconnect from my mind, that which tells me what I “should” or “can’t” or “ought to do”, I start to hear the whispering that comes from my soul. It is here that my purpose resonates, like a vibration from the universe.
Serving others is in essence serving God. Serving God is demonstrating that Divine Love that makes up who we are. By loving and serving others, I love and serve God and ultimately myself as well. Quite the contrast to the act of self-hate that bingeing and restricting food demonstrate. This is why eating disorders are so complex, because they are an attempt at self-love that unfortunately ends in self-hate.
Service to others is a means to recovery that many programs embrace. I have heard many stories of individuals that have found immense healing of their own through helping others. It is when we extend ourselves, we bring love to another and ultimately to our self. This reminds me that in the end, we all heal ourselves anyway. Often times we have a guide (therapist, friend, yoga teacher), but the real work is done by us and the answers come from within where they were all along.
So for me, I am about to head out to Colorado for a 5 day training of a program that empowers young girls. To be honest, I don’t really know why I’m going except to say I feel a pull, Divine Inspiration I guess you could say, perhaps my dharma. So wish me luck and follow your dharma, wherever it may lead you!”
“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling, with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.”
– Kahlil Gibran