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Letting in the light

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen, Anthem

Letting light in where I am cracked or broken or imperfect and seeing this as an asset. There is a concept that is sometimes hard to embrace. I think it comes down to trusting that there is a gift waiting for me as a result of this struggle with food, and from all of life's struggles. Geneen Roth and Renee Stephens both talk about this a lot.

This morning I read the Martha Beck article in O about a similar concept. She calls life's bumps or imperfections or crises "rumble strips" and she suggests that we should be grateful for them, as they can lead us into "the light" if we let them. I include a link to the article below.

Well, my life has been in a rumble strip for a few months and I'm really trying to see the light in it all. Some days are easier than others.

But tied to this idea is the notion that we have to enjoy the journey along the way and find ways to feel good now, in order to feel good later. Last night I binged and then I had a rough time with my husband and I went to bed feeling badly, both physically and emotionally. I woke several times in the night with a sense of dread. The third time I reminded myself that I can change my thinking, that I can feel good right now just because. So I did just that. I took some deep breaths, remembered what was great about my life, even if I had binged and had a conflict, and went to sleep with a little more peace.

Let's all let in the light.
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MUSIC2HISEARS 2/22/2013 7:32AM

    Rumble strips...I like that visual. I hope your rumble strips subside soon!

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TINAJANE76 2/22/2013 3:25AM

    What a beautiful concept. I've also found that taking a step back and focusing on what is good and positive in my life can have a huge calming effect when I'm feeling stressed. Although you certainly have a lot to be stressed about these days, finding ways to seek peace for yourself and "let the light in" will definitely help you make it through these tough times.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/22/2013 12:16AM

    emoticon emoticon Hope you let more Light in and hope you feel better emotionally and physically. emoticon emoticon

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KSW1963 2/21/2013 11:51PM

    I hope things settle down for you a bit!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/21/2013 6:57PM

    I hope your rumble strips smooth out. I really like this way of thinking!!

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PHOENIX1949 2/21/2013 5:53PM

    Fantastic article! Thanks for sharing this gem. A quote I find myself using more and more is "This Too Shall Pass."

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/21/2013 11:27AM

    "when destiny swerves, we proceed straight ahead. We step on the gas, ignoring the fact that we feel trapped in the dead relationship, stifled by the secure job."

It's hard to hear that. It sounds a bit uncomfortably familiar.

Thanks for sharing.


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JACARD 2/21/2013 11:10AM

  That's a great way to think about things. Thank you.

I hope your rumble strip calms down a bit.

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