“relationships replace eating disorders. period. the end.”
this is the central message of beating ANA – how to outsmart year eating disorder and take your life back by shannon cutts. it’s a book i’d recommend to anyone who wants to work their way out of an eating disorder.
the more loving, supportive, therapeutic relationships that exist in your life, the more the odds of recovery shift in favour of a return to health.
what kind of relationships are these? for shannon cutts, these are mostly mentoring relationships.
a mentor is a trusted guide who has knowledge and experience in a certain area, and is willing and able to share it.
a mentee is a person in need of guidance and instruction, and is willing to receive it.
shannon describes how being mentored made a huge difference in her life, helping her turn away from anorexia and bulimia to a place where she says
i sing again
and i speak
i speak out against some
but mostly towards all of us
who have splintered off our hearts and souls
from our minds and bodies …
who have forgotten that we are all whole by design
and that whole is the only way.
whole is beautiful.
whole is worth living
whole is exquisite – utterly unique.
whole is believable – the only believable you and me.
and most of all, whole is the only thing worth dying,
living and fighting for … do we ever really realize –
you are the only you who ever was, is, or ever will be.
and i am the only me.
TRUST. HOPE. FAITH. LOVE. LIVE. TRIUMPH. BELIEVE.
more at her web site, key to life.
this is a great book, and i’m hoping to speak more about it in the coming months.
image by thomas hawk