“Hi Dr. Kleifield,
In researching eating disorder treatment, I came across your (and Dr. Halmi’s) article “Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.” I have read countless articles on the subject, as I recovered from a fifteen year bout of anorexia. Your article is by far the best that I have seen. You break down the core assumptions so clearly and accurately based on my personal experience. It made me think of the disorder in a different way. Thank you for dedicating your work to helping this population. I hope to do the same, as I currently pursue my MSW with the hope of ultimately earning a PhD. I appreciate your work."
All my best
The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering—yours, mine, and that of all beings
- Pema Chödrön 2015
THE GUEST HOUSE-- by Jalauddin Rumi
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.