an open letter to my former faith
hi everybody i know im not super active on here but just wanted to share something i wrote:
i posted this to my facebook and twitter because i finally am strong enough that i want everyone from my former christian community to know what i went through in leaving that religion.
love to you all
Body Image Shit
it feels like every day, either a picture of myself or the reflection in a mirror will cause me to feel so ugly and unattractive and i don't know how to get out of that trap. its ruined my self esteem and my confidence and, honestly, i have no idea how to get rid of it. i don't feel worthy of even just talking to people sometimes because the voice in my head just tells me over and over again that im ugly and will never be loved.
whew fuck that was a lot.
Body Image Shit
hi everyone, i haven't really been that active on here the pat few days, but i'm really struggling right now and don't really know what else to do.
growing up, especially in high school, i was a really chubby kid and eventually i couldn't stand it so i started purging as a way to get rid of the weight. i ended up losing about 40 pounds and looked 'normal' and i was really happy for a while, but recently over the past few months i've been having horrible body shame.
Six books which which were influential for me as a young person:
The Road Less Travelled by M.Scott Peck
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
The Way Of Chang Zhu by Thomas Merton
Tao Te Ching
The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley
Feel free to suggest books which have been influential for you which you would like to share with others
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here's something i've been struggling with lately: deconstruction / journey away from christianity has resulted in me having basically two different friend groups, christians im still friends with and people who don't think about or care about spirituality.
i don't really know where to find a community irl that is spiritual but not necessarily christian. i've visited a meditation center in my neighborhood a couple times but no one really talks to anybody.
georgia state student // atl // intp, 5w4, he/him
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