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The Good Body = The Good We Embody   Leave a comment

the dancerStanding in the checkout line at the supermarket, you don’t have to pick up very many magazines to recognize the deep dissatisfaction many people feel about their bodies. But while articles promise ways to “Walk Off Pounds” and discover “Easy Body Makeovers,” they rarely deliver.

Some people treat the topic with a sigh of resignation, while others take pretty drastic steps to alter their bodies in some way. But no matter what tack you take, a lot of thought and energy is spent on body and body image.

Read how this author overcame body image issues by recognizing her true spiritual self.  Read more …

This article, The Good Body = The Good We Embody, by Rebecca Odegaard was previously published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available on JHS-online.

Toward a Better Body Image   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_8446083I don’t remember brooding over my looks at a young age. I was a happy kid, liked sports, and had plenty of friends. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I began trying to lose weight.  Suffice it to say that years of battling the bulge through willpower didn’t have the desired effect. Finally, though, I did drop to a more normal weight for me as I began making more of an effort to grow spiritually. From my experience, I found that although changing one’s physical appearance does give some temporary satisfaction, it’s never the lasting contentment that spiritual growth offers.

This isn’t an argument for living with a condition that bothers you, such as excessive weight. It is an argument for thinking through what needs to change, mentally, in order to find enduring happiness, rather than just trying to adjust things on the outside. A couple of points seem crucial for moving forward with this kind of mental change. …Read more …

This article, Toward a Better Body Image, by Margaret Rogers was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.  It is currently available on line at JHS-online.

A Healing of Anorexia   11 comments

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“It’s not fair!” said one of the girls at my table in the cafeteria as I pulled out the Hostess cupcake my mother had packed in my lunch bag. “You get to eat whatever you want and stay so skinny.” She grimaced at her bag of rice cakes and turned toward me with a face that conveyed deep resentment.

After hearing such comments repeatedly in middle school, I began to be concerned about my weight and body image in a way I never had been before.  Read more …

Read how Laura Lapointe overcame this debilitating condition through prayer and spiritualisation of thought.  Click here to read the full article which was originally published in the Christian Science Sentinel.

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