Women in action
What a joy it was this past Sunday to look around and see 12 amazing women sitting around my kitchen table. I hosted our EDRS, Eating Disorder Recovery Support Inc., retreat at my home. The women were EDRS board members, as well as some advisory board members. We gathered to clarify our goals and vision for our organization for the coming year.
How exciting to see a diverse group of passionate women gathering to take action for those who are suffering from eating disorders. Listening to everyone’s ideas, concerns, goals and visions was heartening. This is what we want for all of the people we work with who are in recovery from eating disorders. We want them to have full, passionate, vibrant lives where they get to collaborate with others to make a difference in the world.
I’m remembering the presentation I gave at our EDRS conference this past month on Feb. 9th. The title was, Self-Love: A Radical Activist Practice. I made a distinction between a self-love behavior and a self-love practice. Having a practice allows for the development and growth of whatever it is we’re practicing. At the end of the presentation the participants wrote out their intentions for their self-love practice and had a witness sign their written commitment. They also made an agreement to check-in with each other in a month in order to have some accountability.
As of today, March 4th, the participants of my presentation now have 5 more days until their month commitment will be up. I hope these women will follow through on their agreements to contact each other and report on their progress of their self-love practice. Taking action, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, is important because it’s a beginning. When we take a loving action towards ourselves, and have someone to share it with, we help ourselves to acknowledge the progress we’ve made. This witnessing of our achievement allows for our self-confidence to grow.
All of us at the EDRS retreat made commitments for taking action for our next annual conference, and added a goal of having another fundraiser before then. We also utilized accountability. By scheduling our EDRS Meetings for the year, we will have our check-ins and be able to report on our progress.
In my newly published book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, I redefine the word diet to mean things regularly offered. In my book I suggest that the things we regularly offer ourselves be loving actions. These actions can be loving thoughts, beliefs or relationships. All of us at the retreat have a self-love practice we’re working on.
My vision for our world is that Men and Women will regularly take action toward loving themselves, their bodies and their world. We can all make a difference simply by taking action with ourselves.
Blessings on your Self-Love Diet,
Michelle E. Minero
Michelle Minero, the Co-Founder of this blog and the overarching Love Warrior Community published her book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You can buy her book online or at the Petaluma Copperfield’s bookstore. For upcoming events and book signings, starting March 16th, visit Michelle’s Events page.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005.
In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.