I have a need to intellectually understand my binge-eating disorder so I read A LOT!  One of the books that is really resonating is by Mary O’Malley entitled The Gift of Our Compulsions.  Ms. O’Malley writes:

“We live in a story in our heads that is always trying to get us to “do” life, telling us we need to make ourselves and our lives better or different from what they are.  In our endless trying, we have forgotten the awesome power of simply paying attention to what we are experiencing in this moment.  We have forgotten how to be.  We have also forgotten how to trust ourselves, to trust our lives, and to live in joy.  So we turn to our compulsions to numb ourselves out from all our struggles, only to find ourselves struggling with our compulsions.”