“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” – Jim Morrison
I’m not a big Doors fan. In fact, I would be hard pressed to name a song. But in my ongoing research to best support my message and mission to help women who are silently struggling with food and/or alcohol, I came across this quote. And it hit me in my gut.
It supports the core but less popular focus to successfully live in moderation or abstinence, by living in your truth. The truth of who you are, what you want, how you think, feel, react, receive, perceive, and so on. Strip away the mask that has been put in place by outside influences. The influences that shape – How you should be, what you should say, where you should put your focus, and the list goes on long and deep.
What about you? Do you hear that tiny voice or have that gut feeling when something sounds right but feels off? That’s your truth waiting to be set free. Consider this…there is this truth inside of you and it is fighting to be set free. This causes an internal struggle between truth and your role assumed by your mask. This internal struggle causes you discomfort that you can’t seem to identify. You just want to stop whatever this is you feel. It’s this feeling that you turn to self-medicating with food and/or alcohol. That feeling is your truth, your soul, not aligning with your role, your mask.
Think of a time where you felt that feeling of truth and your masked role clashing. Your masked role has been primed to fit your manufactured and assumed beliefs and programming. Your true self comes from your soul. You are who you are. The quicker you start your journey to remove the mask and step into the power of you, the sooner the struggle with food and/or alcohol will lessen and eventually end. It all starts and ends with you, as the individual. This is why diets will never work as the solution.
– Teresa Rodden, Certified Life Coach