Eating Disorder affects everything from our relationships to our ability to work to how one lives. Our ancestors left behind a golden treasure trove of wisdom in the form of scriptures, folklore, and proverbs. I find their pearls of wisdom guide us through the oblique path of recovery, lighting up the dark corners and hidden treasures. Use Wisdom to speed up your recovery.
Please find below some wise quotes from Sufi Literature. I hope you’ll find them useful in recovery.
“He grants wisdom to whosoever He pleases. And whosoever receives wisdom verily receives a great bounty. But only those who are blessed with reason reflect.” (2:269)
Wisdom is in the heart. He who wishes to find water in his well must dig for it. The more he digs, the more the water is abundant. If he ceases to dig, water will always remain at its minimal level. He who digs should never think that the water has reached its maximal level. He should continue digging, as the well has no limits.
What is done for you – allow it to be done. What you must do yourself – make sure you do it. Khawwas (Essential Sufism)
“Anorexia isn’t a diet, Bulimia isn’t a bad habit, EDNOS is not just being a picky eater. These are horrible disorders, not life choices.” Your Eating Disorder is not your fault, you did not cause it. But the Recovery is in your hand. Let the past go, let the mistakes go, do not remain locked in the past by continually reliving the moments that caused you pain. Make a decision to release yourself from the past and go for recovery.
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. Idries Shah
Recovery happens Step by Step- We must be patient and work through all the steps to achieve our freedom. “You don’t have to be ready to recover you need only to be willing.”
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.” Laurie Halse Anderson
We see only exteriors but the inner realities are hidden from our perception. Our bodies live in this world, but our inner beings live in another dimension, another realm. Access to this inner being is the entire function of the way.
The man who has proved in his life to be the friend of every person he meets, in the end will prove to be the friend of God.
In ED, we befriend a wrong person. In befriending this demon, we lose everything, friends, family, people, faith and our life. The demon tells us, we don’t need people, we don’t need friends. Reality is by staying away from people, being completely alone, we further give into our ED and the imprisonment. Keep in mind people need people for their very health and survival.
The Thing we tell of can never be found by seeking, yet only seekers find it. Bayazid Bistami
The strange thing about Eating Disorders is that there is no magical cure. Recovery can only happen, if a sufferer wants it to happen. Those who seek recovery and want to defeat the demon of ED do it through embarking on a Journey of recovery, patience, self-love, self-discovery and ultimate happiness.
You are love. You come from love. You are made by love. You cannot cease to love. Hazrat Inayat Khan
The Demon of ED tells us we don’t come from love, we have no existence in this world. It keeps us trapped in these harmful toxic thought process. Do you know something magical? There’s a way out of this entrapment, simple! Love Yourself. “Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.” Les Brown
Imperfection and ugliness are not part of the nature of things but only in the impurity of our regard of them. The more the soul is at peace, perfect and pure, the more it is disposed to see in everything a manifestation of divine Light. Everything then becomes beautiful.
We have all had the experience of failing time after time in changing old habits. Then suddenly these old habits lose their hold on us. What was so attractive suddenly becomes unattractive. This is a sign that God has accepted our repentance.
At this point, my sheikh used to say that we are no longer responsible for those old sins. We have truly changed and we are now someone who is not even tempted to commit them. Robert Frager, Heart, Self & Soul.
Every stage of the voyage is more beautiful than the previous stage.
Pray for what you want, but work for the things you need. Modern Traditional. (Essential Sufism).
“Recovery is a challenge but it’s not as difficult as continuing to live with the wrath of an eating disorder. ” Full and lasting recovery from an eating disorder is possible.
IF words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears. Al-Suhrawardi (Essential Sufism)
Anything that comes from the demon of ED is untrue. ED breeds negativity. DO not allow such words to tarnish your heart, mind spirit and body.
“I searched for God and found only myself. I searched for myself and found only God”.Sufi Proverb
In ED we are lost, stuck in a surreal world, a prison of number, calories, self-destruction and negativity. You need to break free from this prison to discover the real beauty of you. When stuck in the limbo of ED, the need for GOD becomes like a drowning person’s need for help, when he calls out in despair. This need by its nature destroys all other desires.
According to Sufi teachings, the path to experiencing the Divine presence starts within. It is said one who realizes himself, realizes the God.Hazrat Azad Rasool
Acknowledgement and gratitude are purveyors of grace. Nothing is outside GOD. Everything is within His embrace. One can reflect on this when the truth of it has been understood.
Do not allow the demon to trap you in the dark world of ED. Let the demon go. Everyday is a new beginning. “Recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be.”