September 5, 2014 Joanna Poppink

Inspirational Quotes and Love

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi

When you are feeling alone, depressed, scared, frustrated and binging away or running on the treadmill as if you were running from a pack of wolves, when you feel you have no place to turn and you reject all options, you still have an option.

Inspirational quotes come through your Twitter and Facebook pages on a regular basis, even if you are not looking for them. You can use them, not just for a momentary glimpse into a different way of thinking, but as a practical way to get back into recovery mode.

How? Do a google search on inspirational quotes. You'll find many sites with long lists of wise and profound words from people across time. Pay attention to how you feel as you read them.

When you find one that seems to speak to you or expresses what you wish you had or opens a window of perception for you, linger with it.

Write it down.

Break it down into daily tasks you can do to make that inspirational quote truly your own.

For example, if Rumi's quote above feels like it is wise guidance to having love in your life, then

  • keep it.
  • write it down.
  • journal about what barriers you have within you that block love.

This is not a time for self criticism. This is your looking at what those obstacles within might be.

Once you have a list, then you can journal about what you can do to dissemble those obstacles.

  • When you do this you are increasing your awareness of your way of being in the world.
  • You are learning how you affect responses around you.
  • Best, you are learning how to make many subtle changes that eventually erode your barriers and allow love to enter your life.

Many of your interior obstacles are strengthened by your eating disorder thinking and behaviors. As you follow your own ways of dissolving your obstacles in order to allow love in your life you discover that you are weakening your eating disorder.

Inspirational quotes can be wonderful guides and support for you.

Here are a few inspirational quote sites to get you started.

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Joanna Poppink, MFT, Los Angeles eating disorder recovery psychotherapist in private practice, author of Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder. Website joanna@poppink.com