Diving Into Transcendence
Plunging yourself out of an airplane soaring 100 miles per hour at 12,000 feet can seem impossible, too. Yet, in eating disorder recovery, our doctors, dieticians, and therapists metaphorically ask us to do just this. They rightfully encourage us to take this leap of faith, because they know that others have succeeded before us doing the same thing – and as I can speak for our work at Eating Recovery Center – we know you’re under superior medical care. Therefore in recovery, personal awareness and our support team can gear us up to bravely enter the recovery airplane. Within the seemingly safe walls of the plane, we might learn all of the recovery tools required in order to jump. Our treatment team gives us a jumpsuit and instructions; they’ve even “got our back.” Literally, in skydiving, a tandem master is attached to your back. Then, your treatment team and loved ones inevitably say, “Jump. You can do it.” No one will push you out of the plane. In order to face that intense fear, you must make a different kind of decision to get better. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes, and some have found the leap possible with spiritual tools – it was their extra parachute, to help them know no matter how scary the fall, they’ll do their best to land safely, two feet on the ground.