The leaves on the trees are turning red and yellow and orange and brown, and the afternoon light is getting that magical golden feeling that only happens in the fall. Furnaces are coming on, sweaters are coming out, and we’re remembering what it’s like to walk around surrounded by a gentle hazy mist here in Portland. We’re rounding up some of our favorite things we’ve been reading lately to share with you. We hope you enjoy.
Our friends and colleagues Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW and Chevese Turner, founder of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) have recently published a book together called “Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond. This highly readable, relatable book is written from a weight-neutral, trauma-informed perspective that is a “practical roadmap for insight, resilience, and lasting change that will be useful for anyone seeking recovery and for those who support and treat them through the process of healing.” It is a must read.
Body oppression takes many forms and is reinforced by systems of power that perpetuate weight stigma, white supremacy, racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, and other injustices. The work of healing and social justice often intersect. Centering and uplifting the voices of people who experience multiple forms of marginalization is a powerful way to honor, acknowledge, and learn from their lived experiences and narratives that are rarely understood. We’re so glad to be able to share two great blog posts that highlight people we can learn from. We hope you give them both a look and find some inspiration.
- The Body is Not An Apology published an article highlighting Six Queer BIPOC Voices in the Body Positive Movement.
- Dr. Lauren Muhlheim and Certified Body Trust® Provider Sarah Thompson, AKA Resilient Fat Goddess teamed up to curate an extensive list of over 60 folks of various identities in their post Curate Your Feed with Diverse Body Positive Accounts on Instagram.
We are excited about newly certified Body Trust Provider Meg Bradbury’s Instagram account and project called lamplight.space. Here, Meg offers short, black and white videos with hilarious and relatable real talk about everything from her past “Ridiculous Orthorexia Behavior” and “dummy dum dummy” stuff she used to obsess about (poop). She also answers questions about what it “means” to be in recovery and how yes, we do still “do” our old behaviors sometimes. Like Brene Brown says, “shame cannot survive in the presence of empathy” and Meg’s empathy is palpable.
Finally, we want to offer a quote that feels appropriate given the current state of the world…
“Anger is the deepest form of compassion, for another, for the world, for the self, for a life, for the body, for a family, and for all our ideals, all vulnerable and all, possibly about to be hurt. Stripped of physical imprisonment and violent reaction, anger is the purest form of care, the internal living flame of anger always illuminates what we belong to, what we wish to protect and what we are willing to hazard ourselves for.” – David Whyte
With fierce love,