I've been thinking a lot recently about the relationship between spirituality and eating disorders. Namely, can a sense of spirituality be a ("a", not "the") curative force in recovery?
I'm not talking about religion per se, but more a sense of what your purpose is here on Earth. For some, it's to be a good person, live a good life. Others may believe they need to learn a valuable lesson. Those who are less spiritually inclined may think that they're here simply to continue the species. For many with eating disorders, life becomes so constricted (restricted) that the purpose becomes eating less, weighing less. . .and a sense of greater purpose is ignored.
I keep circling back to the idea that if you are to get in touch with a greater purpose, that can help with recovery. I'll often say to someone that I'm not sure what her purpose here is, but I just know it can't be to restrict, maintain a certain weight, or hate her body. That's can't be the point of life, and I'm sure of it. Nearing death, it just can't be that you look back over your life and evaluate your stay based on weight.
Can getting in touch with your greater purpose, or at least being open to the idea that it has to be more than this, help you?