Women with eating disorders are known to be highly intelligent and creative. We do our best to keep our programs updated with the most state of the art therapies and treatments. Meditation is a difficult practice for all people, but especially for those struggling with eating disorders. Getting the racing mind to pause is quite difficult. A new meditation we have implemented is called, Creative Mediation.
This particular Creative Meditation can be implemented by a
leader of a group or led by the clients themselves. What we have the eating disorder clients do is the following exercise:
- Imagine a behavior you would like to change.
- Visualize it is in a magical crystal where its
future unfolds. For example, if you have an eating disorder picture yourself
continuing with your eating disorder.
- While participating in this behavior imagine how you will change over the years.
- Now, look into the second crystal. Imagine yourself abstinent of your eating
- If you choose the path of recovery, the first
part of the road will be rough.
- Yet later a life abstinent of an eating disorder
will prove more rewarding.
The purpose of the meditation is to imagine the future with the eating disorder. Imagine what life would look like with it and without it. Over the long run, which is an easier path to follow? This simple mediation has proven to give our clients great insight into their lives and their future.