Summary

Weaving a rich tapestry of multicultural myths, ancient legends, and simple folktales, Anita Johnston, PhD, inspires women to free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories.
"Storytellers speak in the language of myth and metaphor," Johnston explains. "They tell us a truth that is not literal but symbolic. If we hear the stories with only the outer ear, they can seem absurd and untrue, but when listened to with the inner ear, they convey a truth that can be understood and absorbed on a deeply personal level. In this way stories help us connect with our inner world, to the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth, and to the power of our intuitive wisdom."
An immensely enjoyable book, Eating in the Light of the Moon is filled with practical exercises and profound insights. Twenty chapters explore different themes of self-discovery and empowerment on core issues such as intuition, symbolism, feelings, sexuality, and recovery.
©1996 Anita A. Johnston (P)2016 Tantor
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"This beautifully-written book sheds new light on struggles with eating...and offers hope for all who want to be free." (Kim Chernin, author of The Hungry Self)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Izz on 08-08-17

Every women should read this book

This beautifully written book talks to the woman and the child in us. You travel the world, time and space throught the different stories. It is all relevant to who we are today. Thank you

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By Edyta on 12-06-17

A milestone for my understanding of eating problem

This book really opened my eyes and explained a lot about why eating can be such a complicated part of my life. The stories are beautiful and it is so lovely to look at the problem through them. The explanation of their meaning is very clear so I didn't have to invent my own interpretation. Although at first, I was a little bit concerned whether it is not some contrived approach, it turned out to be really down-to-earth.
It was a milestone for my understanding of eating problems.

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By Ann S Ford on 23-05-17

Immensely helpful

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book, but it has been exceptionally helpful in my recovery from my eating disorder.

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. A. Goff on 03-06-18

Immensely healing!

This is one of the most healing books I have ever read. It was recommended to me by my excellent nutritional therapist. I have always been an emotional overeater, packing on over 250 extra pounds over my adult life. I overate (largely unconsciously) to soothe, cope with and suppress uncomfortable emotions. My emotional state at any given time was really difficult for me to even pinpoint; I kinda just zombied through life, barely living, all the while using food to comfort and love me. Roughly a year ago as I turned 40 I just became so damn sick and tired of being sick and tired. I resolved to figure out what was really behind all of this, once and for all.

And so, with the help of great therapists, I embarked on the difficult but rewarding journey of understanding this dynamic. I am now learning how to honor and embrace my emotions -- the tools to recognize them, the acceptance of the temporary discomfort they bring, and the compassion and love and generous space I can give myself to process through them. Effortlessly along the way the overeating has begun to subside, as I no longer need the excessive amount of food to soothe and cope. I always knew the overeating was the symptom, not the problem, but I wasn't sure what to do about it.

This book has been a gentle, compassionate companion on this journey back to my true self. And by my true self I don't mean a thinner me, though that may be an added benefit. I mean my true self as someone who respects and loves her body (just the way it is!), and therefore is intrinsically motivated to take awesome care of it, rather than "fix" it. After all, it's not broken or wrong or terrible, no matter how much shameful societal messaging gets thrown my way; I simply refuse to listen! I listen only to me, myself, and I, and I have been learning how to connect my mind and body, to trust the signals my body sends to me and honor those messages with mindful action. And it's been so rewarding!

If you, like me, desperately long to stop your war against food and weight and body hatred, you owe it to yourself to experience this immensely healing book. Turn it on as you drift to sleep -- the narrator's voice is incredibly soothing and the metaphors have so much depth of meaning. I will relisten to this book for years to come! You really do deserve to figure out what's behind your dysfunctional relationship with food and body image, as only therein lies the truth and work that can lead to lasting serenity and wellness. Thank you, Anita Johnston, for this incredible book!

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