Answering the call to love:  how dementia taught me everything I needed to know above love 

I’ve written before (see here and here) about the challenges faced being the caretaker for my father, but wanted to come back to this subject again, with new awareness.  Through my dad’s illness I have finally seen that I am capable of intimacy, commitment and unconditional love.  

I have struggled with issues regarding men, intimacy and romantic relationships for a very long time.  Someday I’ll write more about it, but I’m still in the process of healing there, and, therefore still formulating my thoughts about the whys and the hows.  I do know that I’ve had issues with commitment and intimacy for as long as I can remember.  However, as my dad’s illness progressed, the call to love with unconditional commitment came, and I answered it.  Answering that call, has been one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

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Meditation Resources

Man, I am so grateful that I haven’t given up on meditation.  I truly believe that it is the single most important act of self-care.  Through meditation, I have seen that my thoughts do not mean anything.  I have learned to respond, rather than react.  I have created space in my head from the constant chatter of my “monkey mind.”  After getting all up in my head after seeing an ex BF last weekend, I am now meditating twice per day – 10 minutes each time.  I am still not looking forward to each session, but it is something that I make myself do (like exercise) for my own peace of mind.  I do believe that if I keep the practice up, I will someday look forward to sitting.  Until then, here are some of my favorite meditation resources.

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Celebrating Body Diversity

In keeping with my last post about embracing my body exactly as it is today (see: here), I’m pleased to see a few POSITIVE body image articles featuring well-known public figures on the web today.  If you are not feeling the love for yourself today, try reading these articles and letting their self-confidence rub off on you (just click on their name or photo, below, to see the articles).  xo, C.

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How I overcame disordered eating by eliminating carbs and increasing fat (my experiement with the Ketogenic Diet)

I’ve written many times about my battles with disordered eating (see here and here) and my sugar addiction (see here and here).  And though I truly believe that disordered eating is a problem of the mind and spirit, it appears that I have finally found some peace from mine through changing my diet.   (While, also doing a lot of work on my mind and spirit – meditation, writing, therapy, recovery, etc..)

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