Books to Read
I can't resist a good book list. I'm always curious to know what other people are reading, and looking for new books about topics that interest me. I figured it might be fun to share a few of my favorites, so here it goes:
Eating Disorders/Body Image/Recovery
Eating in the Light of the Moon - Not your typical recovery book, Anita Johnston uses myths, folklore, and ancient stories to explore women's relationship with their bodies and food. "A woman's intuition can never be irretrievably lost. Even if it has been buried beneath years of neglect and denial, it can be recovered by looking within and listening. Even if it has weakened and atrophied through years of disuse, it can be strengthened by acting on its advice."
The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are - This book explores women's relationship with their bodies throughout their lives. " ...Liberating your inner self-evaluation from the critical evaluations of others is an important step in conquering negative self-talk. Remember to only respect the opinions of people you respect. The rest don't deserve any real estate under your skin."
Goodbye Ed, Hello Me - the follow up to Life Without Ed, Jenni Schaefer explore the world of full recovery and finding happiness in life. "When I say, 'Just eat,' remember that I have been there. I know that just equals hard work, time, tears, and determination. If you want to recover fully, feel the pain, feel the fear, and just eat. Just do it."
The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls - I first heard about this book at a conference I attended. It is 20 years old this year, so misses some of the more recent shifts in our culture and body image, but gives a fascinating look at women and body image over the years, going as far back as 1830. " By the 1920s, both fashion and film had encouraged a massive"unveiling" of the female body, which meant that certain body parts- such as arms and legs- were bared and displayed in ways they had never been before...Beginning in the 1920s, women's legs and underarms had to be smooth and free of body hair..."
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead - I love how Brown encourages us to be vulnerable. She does so by sharing not only her research on shame and vulnerability, but by making herself vulnerable with her readers as well and offering a glimpse into her own battles with shame. She says on gratitude, "Joy comes to us in moments- ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary."
Emotional Freedom - re-read this many times. Concrete tools on how to navigate your emotions. " The second way to access compassion is to realize that it's not the burden of your mate or anyone else to heal your emotional issues."
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation - my personal favorite. A great resource for beginning to meditate. "Imagine reclaiming all the energy that could be available to us but isn't because we scatter it, squandering it on endlessly regretting the past, worrying about the future, berating ourselves, blaming others, checking Facebook yet again, throwing ourselves in serial snacking, workaholism, recreational shopping, recreational drugs."
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - wisdom and insights from an American Buddhist nun. "If we find ourselves unworkable and give up on ourselves, then we'll find others unworkable and give up on them. What we hate in ourselves, we'll hate in others. To the degree that we have compassion for ourselves, we will also have compassion for others. Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves, all those imperfections that we don't even want to look at.