• Body Image,  Eating Disorder Recovery,  Faith,  Shame

    The Power of Body Shame

    I’m struck by the power of body shame when I talk about body/fat acceptance, size dignity, or weight neutrality. I’ve had conversations recently with loved ones and listened to a reflection on Isaiah 61 by size dignity activist Amanda Martinez Beck that has made me reflect on the power of body shame in our culture. My loved ones, clients, and the general population are pretty defensive of body shame. Meaning, they defend that they NEED to feel shame about their body. It often leaves me feeling frustrated and sad. Because when has shame ever been a good thing? Most people can verbalize that shame is not productive. They can recognize…

  • Body Image

    The Light of Sunday

    The light of Sunday breaks across the day. Sunday is here. We can take a deep breath. 2,000 years later we wake on Sunday and we KNOW what this day means… we know that this is the morning where Jesus waltzed out of hell, with the key swinging at his side. We know that this is the morning that his apparent defeat became the greatest victory of all time. But they didn’t know. His mother, his disciples, his loved ones, his family, his followers… they didn’t know. They woke to another day without him. They woke to another day of confusion and grief and sorrow and fear. They woke to…

  • Faith

    The Darkest Dark

    Today is Good Friday and when I’ve stopped and really reflected, I realize Good Friday wasn’t good at all. When I’ve sat with what Good Friday really is, I’m overcome. Overcome with awe. Overcome with grief. Overcome with fear. Overcome with overwhelming gratitude. Overcome with deep sadness and been brought to tears. The Darkness of Friday I don’t often sit and reflect on the events of Good Friday. I don’t often allow myself to become immersed in that day, to place myself in Jerusalem, watching as Jesus was beaten, mocked, stripped, ridiculed, tormented, and ultimately murdered. Allowing myself into that place opens deep places of sorrow and grief in my…