This is the kitchen where we talk about food, life, and recovery—a spiritual path to healing and peace.

You are invited to keep coming back to A Cup of Kindness to share your experience, strength and hope; fears, doubts and insecurities; and to pick up information, inspiration … and have a little fun!

My story
In January 2007, at the age of 51, I joined a 12-step program and began my recovery from food addiction, losing 75 pounds in the process. Read more…

In January 2011, at the age of 55, I began my recovery from a multi-trauma accident, 36 fractures, damaged lungs, and post traumatic stress. Read more…

I am deeply grateful for all the kindnesses, large and small, offered to me in recovery. Here I am... alive… still making progress … still not perfect … finding a new way forward in a growing community of women and men who share a lot in common around food and life.

I hope you'll join me in this kitchen and let me know what's cooking with you.

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My barometer

What is my barometer? Is it my weight? Is it something called sanity? Is it how I feel in my clothes? Is it whether or not my practice is perfect? Is it continuous abstinence?

I’m afraid that I won’t get back to continuous abstinence.

This morning, my 12-step sponsor said, “So what? What if what you get isn’t like what it was before? Right now, it’s the fear that is very negative. The fear is unhealthy.”

I know that’s true. Fear sends me into post traumatic stress with various unhealthy symptoms.

Maybe it’s good that I am sensitive to fear. It’s an error check… or a reality check. Really, in this moment all is well.

Today, my barometer is going to be contentment. And contentment for me is the result of walking the straight path, gently, easily, with a walking stick, and with other food addicts.

I wrote down my food last night. I said my prayers this morning. I sat in Quiet Time. I spoke honestly with my sponsor. I had a weighed and measured abstinent breakfast. And I have a plan to use the rest of the tools, just for today.

Ganesha, in the gesture for promising protection, suggests that I affirm, “I believe in the good in this human being and the good will be revealed to me.”

Thank you, G-d, I am contented.

Love & Light,


2 Comments to My barometer

  1. nicola's Gravatar nicola
    May 4, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    courage courage courage you can do it and I am glad you are summoning this beautiful spirit for assistance.love nicola

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