“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse
If we’re so used to experiencing inner turmoil rather than inner peace, it’s hard to believe there might be a calm place within where we can find refuge.
A major reason for binge eating is to gain relief from the chaos inside.
We turn to food to quiet our fretting minds and soothe our jangled nerves. Eating offers us a time out from feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
But it’s only ever a temporary vacation from our troubles. And what follows – physical discomfort and self-loathing on an epic scale – ensures the holiday wasn’t enjoyable.
Food can never give us the peace we crave.
What if there is indeed “a stillness and a sanctuary” within each of us? What if, instead of looking outside of ourselves for relief, we can learn to turn inward to soothe ourselves?
We might say: “I’m just not that kind of person”. But it’s only our thoughts that make us frantic and thoughts can be altered.
The very reason we’re drawn to quotes like Hesse’s is because they connect us to that place of sanctuary – the place of inner calm where we know everything’s going to be OK and we can weather any storm we encounter.
We just have to find it.
Perhaps, instead of worrying about how we look and what others think of us, we could divert that energy towards locating our sanctuary within.
We could work to establish a link to the stillness and peace inside us.
Then we wouldn’t have to turn to food for solace because we’d always know there’s a place of refuge just waiting for us any time we need it.
“Remember, the entrance to the sanctuary is within you” – Rumi