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.


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.

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.