One of the ways that humans are often taught to deal with anything or anyone that hurts us is to close down our heart. We do the same with self. If there’s something I don’t like about me – I don’t have enough money, I’m carrying too much weight, I eat too much food – our first move is often to withdraw our love from this part of self. This seems to make sense, because why should you love something that’s causing so much pain? Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to shut down our heart in one domain and not have that closed-heartedness spill over into other places as well.

Consider the possibility that anything you want to change in your life needs your love.

It needs your compassionate understanding.

Loving ourselves into change will always be more effective and everlasting than hating or shaming ourselves into change.

The road will definitively inform the destination.

Please be gentle and kind, and keep your heart open.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.