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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

1% Rule

I get a lot of mail sent directly to me, from people too shy to post.  One lady is making an heroic effort to cope with a negative life spiral that includes date rape, abandonment issues, serious weight issues, and soul-deep fatigue.  This note is to her, and to all of the rest of you:
Take it slowly.  It took decades to create the mess, it will take months to clear it up.  Perhaps years.  There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel.
When losing weight, they warn you to drink lots of water, to help flush the toxins your body will release. The same thing is true of emotional toxins.  You've locked them in place for years, because your subconscious mind does everything in its power to protect you from pain.  Bring it back up without proper meditation or journaling work, and you will knock yourself flat on your butt.  This is serious, serious stuff--there is no crash diet for the spirit!  There are, however, lifetime plans.  This blog is about an approach to re-claiming yourself.  It will take time.  Slow down, pace yourself--you're worth it!


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