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How to Stop Bulimia? Start Being Thankful…for Everything

When I see people still struggling and asking the question”how do I stop bulimia?” the first thing I think of is instead of that question you would do best to answer the question “what do I have to be thankful for?”  Appreciating what we have, who we are and what life brings us is really an opportunity to move towards enlightenment.  And along the way recovery is an inevitable probability.

I don’t know if you’ve ever pondered what enlightenment is but if I had to guess I think it would be a state of mind where you saw everything as a gift.  I posted the other day about coming to understand that everything happens for a reason and that reason is there to serve me.  Well, when you can come to embrace this idea and turn it on its end you start to look at other angles of this same idea.

If everything happens for a reason and is there is a purpose behind it all that’s to my benefit then everything is gift.  Every moment, every experience, every interaction…is a blessing.  If we start to look at every interaction and experience in our life like a profound gift given to us by God or Source then wouldn’t every moment suddenly become joyous.  Whether it’s things we normally experience as hard, difficult or even fearful we can start to see them instead as opportunities. Opportunities for recovery.

Be Thankful for Everything

If we live in the world of possibility and opportunity then the eventual outcome of everything we experience is what we choose it to be.  By our focus and attention on the outcome we wish to experience (i.e. a positive outcome), then that’s the result we will have.

I know from experiencing what seemed like painful times in my life in lots of areas from relationships, work and financial setbacks that what they were was really an opportunity for growth and expansion.  When I was resisting growing in the moment of the experience I felt discomfort, pain, sadness or the usual host of negative emotions.

Today, I see everything as an opportunity for personal growth.  Seemingly good and bad experiences have the potential for growing me into the person I want to be.  I have come to appreciate the lessons (big and small, negative and positive) and so they happen more swiftly.

These days I am enjoying learning from someone’s life lessons just as easily as having my own.  Rather than allowing myself to dig into negative emotions and feelings I see someone else growing from a job loss or breakup with their partner and I find my lessons in their life experience.  This helps me grow myself inside and prevents me from having to live through that particular experience.  You might try this one – learning from the living of others’ lives.

Living and Loving

Today I am appreciating where I am right here and right now.  I see that I’m growing in every experience I have. I’m thankful for my lessons, my teachers and my results at the same time.

I was inspired by this post from Tiny Buddha: 60 Things to Be Grateful For In Life.  I think when we can get to the point we can read through this list and have no negative emotions come up about a particular item – we’ve mastered our life.  We very well may have reached enlightenment.

I’m not saying I can do that for all of these items, but I can say that how to stop bulimia has more to do with being thankful for our lessons and life’s gifts than focusing upon our eating disorder.  Overcoming bulimia or anorexia comes from within you.  Within each of us lies the keys to the kingdom.  It’s up to us to choose to focus on our recovery, our possibility and every experience in between as a lesson to grow us another step on our path.

It is a shift in our focus.  A shift in connection.  A shift from lack and isolation to connectedness and sharing.  From disconnectedness to be-ing with people.  To be-ing our…self.

If you’re suffering with bulimia or anorexia my prayer for you today is that you may find at least one thing to be thankful for – something you can say “I love _____”.  When you can shift your focus from sadness, pain and suffering to appreciating and loving what there is in your life you send a signal to your subconscious that you want more things to focus on to love.

Please give this a try.  Look over the list of 60 things to be thankful for and see if you can find at least 10 right now that YOU can be thankful for.  Spend at least a minute on each one as you move through this to really feel the impact of what is good in your life right now.

Love and well being are your birthright.  I hope you choose to keep to focus on what there is to be grateful for.  I am.  And one thing I am appreciating today is YOU.   I hope you’ll share what you’re appreciating today below in the comments.  I’d love to hear what you have in your life worth sharing with the world.

Sending you light and love.