. . . in silence might be the privilege of the strong, but it was certainly a danger to the weak. For the things I was prompted to keep silent about were nearly always the things I was ashamed of, which would have been far better aired . . .
It has been said, "We are only as sick as the secrets we keep." Our emotional health as recovering women is hindered, perhaps even jeopardized, each time we hold something within that we need to talk over with others.
Sharing our fears, our hurts, our anger, keeps open our channel to God. Secrets clutter our mind, preventing the stillness within where our prayers find answers. Secrets keep us stuck. Our health, emotional and spiritual, depends on our commitment to shared experiences.
Every secret we have and tell someone, frees that person also to be herself and to grow. Sharing experiences relieves us of our shame and invites the forgiveness we must allow ourselves.
Steps Four and Five facilitate the process of sharing those secrets that block our path to God and to one another. Never can we be fully at peace with secrets left untold. Self-revelation cleanses the soul and offers us life.
I will be alert to the opportunities to share myself and cherish the freedom offered.
From Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women by Karen Casey © 1982, 1991 by Hazelden Foundation.
I've been blogging for 4 years now. Sometimes I struggle with my 'secrets'.............should I let them be known? Should I keep them as secrets? 99% of the time, I share all of me.......because it helps me, and it helps others as well.
When I share myself, I allow others the opportunity to know they are not alone with their struggles. Compulsive overeating *and addiction in general* is a disease of isolation. We tend to hide out in shame & self-loathing, instead of sharing ourselves with others who suffer.
When I started blogging in June of 2008, I weighed 225 lbs & I was taking a variety of medications for obesity related disease. Slowly, I came out of my self-inflicted prison cell as I shared my journey and my self. As I released 100 pounds of excess fat, I also released my 'secrets', unburdening myself of all that excess baggage.
Sharing my fears, my hurts, my anger and my struggles keeps open my channel to God. When I free my mind of excess, chaotic & compulsive thinking, I grow spiritually. I connect with who I am at the core............my Being.....and I am freed from the materialistic things that once nourished me.
The only 'nourishment' I need comes from God, nature, and the beauty of being one with the Universe.
~Marianne Williamson“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
For today, I will make manifest the glory of God that is within me.