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Ode to Geneen Roth

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Geneen Roth is one of my heroes. I love her writing, her workshops, her audio tapes, her amazing presence, and the work she does to help so many women and men heal their relationship with food, eating, dieting and weight.

I've been reading her books since I was a teenager, and now that Facebook exists, it's a real treat to get messages from her on an almost daily basis. Her messages are full of a zen wisdom that really speaks to me.

Here are some of my favorites of late and how I connect with them:

1. "Remind yourself of all the things you are besides your body. Make a list. Begin it with "I am..." and don't allow any negative judgments about your body to creep in. In case you forget, you are worthwhile, you are caring, you are growing - to name just a few attributes."

I love this exercise because I find it challenging to do. It's so easy for me to fall into negative body talk and a myopic focus on my weight as if that is the only measure of my worth as a human being. So here goes: I am caring, loyal, generous, reflective, human, self-depricating, organized, hard-working, energetic, growing, strong, and resilient.

2. "Peace and contentment are feelings that take practice to achieve. They are not a consequence of being successful or being in love or being thin. They are, among other things, a consequence of stopping in the present moment and looking around."

This is brilliant. I find that when I'm in the moment, really in the moment, there is a wonderful sense of peace. More often than not, I'm lost in my head, in the past or the future, but when I catch myself and come back to the moment, there is so much to enjoy: new blossoms, my daughter's laugh, my students' insights, etc.

3. "One of the most difficult parts of changing how you live and how you eat is believing that change is possible. We all say we believe that, but many of us, deep down in our hearts believe that it's possible for other people, but not for us. That other people can do it, that the glowy warm life we imagine is for other people not for us. We have an unconscious belief that we can't do it, it's hopeless, and so, on some level, we stop making an effort. We lapse into the way it always was or is. But change really is possible. And it really does take a fierce kind of longing, and a fierce kind of love for yourself. For the life you knowis possible. Ask yourself what you love most of all. Do you love your life? And are you willing to take action on your own behalf?"

These are questions I'm confronting daily right now. Am I willing to change, to take action on my own behalf, to let go of my old patterns of dieting and binging, and instead really accepting myself as I am now and being at peace for once! Moving on and taking in the rest of my life instead of hiding behind the food issue.

For those interested, for some reason the Facebook link doesn't work, but just go to Facebook and search for Geneen Roth to like her page. You will then get her updates.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MINIUM 4/29/2013 2:13PM

    I didn't know Geneen was a woman's name. Oops!
Funny - ever since I've written my affirmation and learnt it by heart, I've recited it to myself, in my head, whenever I was not doing anything in particular (walking down the street, lining at the cash-desk...) and also, and mostly, whenever a negative thought about myself was trying to make its way into my head. It's been working wonderfully!
I can't seem to find a definition of "self-depricating" anywhere. Would you mind explaining it to me?
I'm going to have a look at Geneen Roth on the web (but I'm not on Facebook).
Thank you so much for sharing, once more!

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/28/2013 2:08PM

    Thanks for sharing! Also a fan on hers. Great perspective!

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MILLEDGE2 4/28/2013 10:42AM

    Thanks for the tip to find Geneen Roth's inspiration. We all need all the support we can get. This journey IS about far more than simply getting the scale to cooperate or wearing a smaller size jean. Have a great day! emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/28/2013 9:52AM


Ditto what EJOY-EVELYN said: Beautiful Blog

here does not seem to be any Spark Team devoted to Geena Roth's work and philosophy.

You might consider starting one!


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EJOY-EVELYN 4/28/2013 12:17AM

    Beautiful blog. I had high tea with friends of mine at church and we had a 20-minute video from a photographer for National Geographic who approached each new photo shoot with new eyes. His goal was to “Celebrate What’s Right in the World.” Concentrate on the beauty, while letting go of the negativity that can be all around us. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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PHOENIX1949 4/27/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon Item 3 really talks to me.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/27/2013 4:00PM

    I love this. I will check out that link.

Good for you!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/27/2013 1:09PM

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SLENDERELLA61 4/27/2013 12:56PM

    Thanks for the link; I will check it out. (I tried and it didn't come up, but I'll keep trying.) You chose 3 great examples to cite. That peace and contentment thing is something I struggle with. If I stay in the moment I can be pretty happy, but then I may not be motivated to change things that would really make my life better. It is a conundrum.

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--VICKI-- 4/27/2013 12:32PM

  Thank you. I'm struggling with these issues myself. I have enjoyed Geneen Roth's books and own a few of them. Now if I could just follow thru on what she says. emoticon emoticon

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