Monday, 20 July 2009

Spiritual eating disorders

I'm pretty sure it's not a new concept to me, but last night I was slightly inspired by the idea of spiritual food vs spiritual exercise. Too much food and not enough exercise makes you obese. I started wondering how far the metaphor stretched in terms of eating disorders. Spiritual anorexia is likely what you see in people who attend church only at Christmas and Easter - hardly feeding at all, and growing dangerously thin as a result. Spiritual bulemia is more like going to church every week, but forgetting everything on Monday. That's as far as I got.

Mokalus of Borg

PS - Perhaps there are spiritual food allergies: certain teachings that make you sick.
PPS - That might be good or bad, depending on the truth of the teaching.

5 comments:

Linda said...

You need to add additions!

littlemissrandom said...

:)

Blogking said...

I'm sick of people telling me its just a phase when I know people out there dying from eating disorders! Lend a hand; don’t avoid the problem people.

http://www.eatingdisorder.com/anorexia-nervosa.html?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=pv&utm_content=zs&utm_campaign=anorexia

John said...

I've never had anyone tell me that anorexia is just a phase, and I wouldn't believe them if they did.

A quick look at the Wikipedia page for eating disorders lists a couple more that might fit into the metaphor:

Selective Eating Disorder: rejecting certain parts of accepted standard teaching in favour of those you prefer.

Compulsive Overeating: attending seminars and rallies one after the other without putting any of it to use.

littlemissrandom said...

I like it.