Sadly, so many people in Western culture suffer with imbalances in their relationship to food and their bodies. These imbalances can manifest in a variety of ways which diagnosed as overeating, anorexia and bulimia to name a few. While the names and expression of these imbalances may vary, at the core, these people are suffering from a disconnect between the mind and the body. Food and the way that it nourishes our physical life can be a profoundly mystical experience. When a disorder has presented, the sufferer has lost the beautiful cycle of food sustaining the physical body so that a life is being lived for its spiritual purpose.
Often, these imbalances are often paired with dysfunction in the way that people connect commune with others while consuming food. Our ancestors experienced deeply reliant community in relationship with food whether they were of hunting and gathering or agricultural times. The food connection was not limited to the consuming of food, but included a necessary shared lifestyle to make food possible for all. Over the generations, we have lost this communion with others around the life-cycle of our food. This cultural change is present in eating disorders, whether expressed as co-addiction, the shared addictive consumption of food, binge eating in isolation or eating in community only to purge in secrecy later. Consider how each of these manifestations may be altered by having a lifestyle of communion around food if secrecy from others related to food was not possible in our lifestyle.
It is in the separation and secrecy from others that our mind is given the space to get trapped in a obsessive-compulsive loop. In separation from a tribe, the irrationality of our addicted mind can seem rational. Our desire to escape from powerful feelings overrides our ability to make a healthy choice. The recovery journey offers the opportunity to reconnect to others by vulnerably sharing where our minds is taking us with food. This becomes a wonderful bridge to invest in beautifully connected relationships by revealing where the addicted mind wants to go and receiving the support to make different choices to heal the mind and body. Communion with food and others can be possible today.
If you are struggling with addiction, alcoholism, and/or mental health, know that there is hope. There is a solution. Harmoniously fusing together the best elements of clinical care, holistic healing, and 12-step philosophy, Enlightened Solutions has created a program of total transformation for men and women seeking recovery. Call 833-801-5483 today for information on our partial care programs in New Jersey.
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