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Geneen Roth Geneen Roth kindness warrior. food demystifier. vitality spreader.

Geneen Roth wrote pioneering books that were among the first to link compulsive eating and perpetual dieting with deeply personal and spiritual issues that go far beyond food, weight, and body image. [www.geneenroth.com]

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What’s important is living the life I have – being utterly here and present – rather than wanting a different life or thinking there’s something more or better to have.

What makes me aware that I’m not in that place (and there are many moments when I’m not) is some degree of what I’d call suffering: discontent, dissatisfaction, hurt, projection, lack of ease. When I start wandering off into those areas, I take that as a sign to bring myself back.

The first thing I do is bring myself back to my body, because my body is the clearest expression of this moment. I notice my breath and the sensations in my body. Usually, when I’m in a place of suffering, I’m in my mind, not in my body. If bringing myself back to my body isn’t enough to relax me and dissolve the suffering, I start gently asking myself what’s going on. I ask myself if I’m being mean or harsh to myself, which is a familiar and unconscious pattern for me. I notice what’s going on, with softness and gentleness, and become curious instead of dismissive. True attention and kindness change the pattern.

Most of us want a sense of aliveness, engagement, and joy. What we look to other things for, what a lot of people look to food for, is that instant feeling of lusciousness or excitement in the mouth in that moment; or we use food to numb and sedate. First, stop judging yourself. It’s important to become actively curious and allow what’s there. Then ask yourself questions about what you’re doing: Does this energize or exhaust me? Does it enliven or deaden me? Is what I’m doing now allowing me to trust myself or tilting me towards being frightened of myself? Do I feel closer to what really matters to me or further away? Does it open my heart or close it? When I get to the end of this hour or day or week or year or life, will this be something I’ll be glad I spent my time on?

This is about finding out what makes you come alive.

Howard Thurman, Martin Luther King Jr’s mentor, said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

A vital person vitalizes everything they touch. Live as if you are enough and watch what happens. Live as if, walk as if, eat as if, talk as if … and see what happens when you start from the inside out, from what’s here inside right now.

– Geneen Roth

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