Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Want to Go To Green Mountain

I am going to write a post about the wonderful comments you wrote on my Valentine's Day post and what I learned---so check back soon!

Instead, tonight I wanted to share with you a post about why I want to win Karen C.L. Anderson's big Giveaway for a trip to Green Mountain at Fox Run. Tomorrow (Feb 16th) is the last day to enter, so if you are interested, enter right now! Anyway, here is the essay I wrote about why I want to win:

"I think that self-love, self-acceptance, self-validation--the lack of these are the roots of my almost half-century of disordered eating. I have tried numerous other ways to approach my relationship with food and none have been helpful in any long-lasting or real way. Of all of the ways I have tried, constant dieting and food restriction has been the most destructive.
I have resonated with the work of Geneen Roth and Mary O’Malley on compulsive overeating. I have tried to apply their processes with varying degrees of success at different times in my life. I do believe that they have the answer, and I need to work with myself to learn to become skillful and mindful in the way I eat. Although I’ve read widely on self-acceptance, mindful eating, and intuitive eating, so many questions remain. I think that there are many things I need to discover for myself and many things that I can only experience with others. 
I enjoyed re-reading Karen’s posts about her Green Mountain experience and have a couple of reflections: 
Karen included in one post a quote from Darla Breckenridge: "Abusing food cuts our heads off from our bodies.” I think that this disconnection is what I’ve wanted somehow, or at least not minded. Unfortunately, it is also the reason I avoid yoga and meditation and most activities that involve my body--because the body becomes one with the mind and heart, and for me this still feels like too much to bear. But yet I want to go there…
I would so like to reconnect my head to my body, even though I also fear it! I know that I have been stuck in a destructive cycle of self-loathing for most of my life. I know that a childhood of physical and verbal abuse as well as abusive adult relationships have affected my ability to be whole. I am at last working towards reparenting myself, learning to value myself, and finding love, acknowledgement, and safety--especially from myself. 
I would see my time at Green Mountain as a chance to focus on applying what I know in a safe, supportive environment with others on the same journey as I am. I can actually practice there with support. I would love to take the classes and take the time to look within to find answers to my questions."
It's easy to enter the Giveaway, and the winner is chosen at random based on entries, so you don't need to write the best essay. I spent some time on this and posted it because I wanted to be clear about where I am currently with my problem with emotional eating. And of course, because I would be sharing it with you. Karen has links on her blog to several posts she wrote about it if you want to find out more.


patti said...

Green Mountain seems to be a perfect fit for you O. I love this approach to healthier living.

I really hope your entry wins! Good Luck!

Looking forward to your reflections on your Valentines Day post!

~Karen C.L. Anderson~ said...

Thank you so much for entering and for writing this lovely post! The good news is that you can and are taking this journey already here on your blog :-)

Olivia said...

Patti, Well, I didn't win but I surely did enjoy the process of entering! I learned a lot. Thanks for your support in my growth towards a healthier lifestyle...

And Karen, thanks for the contest; I'm glad to find out about Green Mountain and hope to be able to go there someday!

Love and peace to both of you, xoO

kate i said...

So sorry you didn't win O...but as you say, just writing something like this (which was beautiful, btw) can bring a lot of clarity and focus to what's important to us...which makes you a real winner, regardless!

Olivia said...

Thanks, kate, that's very sweet :) xoO