Sometimes we overeat to help distract us from emotional pain; forgiveness can help you find true solace. Talk to sympathetic friends and family about your desire to forgive. Write a letter to the person you’d like to forgive. Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Don’t forget to forgive yourself. Don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open and powerful in your own life.
Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, or cookies? Ate pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted?
Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?
I ask because sometimes we overeat to help distract us from emotional pain. Think about it – have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all? What you are is lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else.
So what hurt are YOU holding on to?
Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness
Wouldn’t it be more effective to address your uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, most divine perfect way to do that is forgiveness.
Forgiving is not easy, even for the most enlightened among us. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving. Forgiving is not for the person or situation you are forgiving, forgiving is for YOU.
These steps can help:
- Talk to sympathetic friends and family about your desire to forgive. Chatting with others is tremendously comforting.
- Write a letter to the person you’d like to forgive. You can decide whether or not you send it.
- See the situation from the other person’s perspective – your own perspective may change.
- Don’t forget to forgive yourself. Sometimes we can be really harsh with ourselves.
- Understand that you are responsible for your own attitude. Don’t let holding a grudge keep you from feeling free, open and powerful in your own life.