Seeing In the Dark

I’ve seen so many people over the years who, when they begin to work on their eating challenges such as overeating or binge eating, suddenly feel like they are getting worse. At times such as these, our instinct is to abandon ship. This seems to make perfect sense, because as I said, why would we practice any strategy where the net result is that we’re seeing our unwanted habit show up more, not less? But here’s the trick: things often get worse before they get better. Our unwanted habits often have us in the dark, and it’s easy to be afraid of the dark and run. Learn to see in the dark. Remember that “this too shall pass” and that indeed the darkness really does precede the dawn. Don’t abandon yourself at this crucial stage. Navigating through the darkness with a sense of trust and dignity empowers change at the most core level.

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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.