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CFC Finding Self



Discovering who you are, including your values, strengths, abilities, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, talents, and interests, is one of life’s most mysterious journeys. This is a subject of interest for poets, artists, philosophers, musicians, and everyday people throughout the ages. Robert Brault said “Know thyself, or at least keep renewing the acquaintance.” Through our daily experiences we are constantly in a state of “Becoming”. For many women with eating disorders, this journey of “know[ing] thyself” is particularly challenging. Many women have remained in their “Comfort Zone” for a long time. Still others have ventured into the “Danger Zone” through participating in risky behaviors.

The focus of Recreation and Experiential Therapies this week is an invitation to step into the “Growth Zone” through courageous exploration of personal values, challenging fears, acknowledging and sharing talents, and experimenting with activities, ideas, and opportunities.