The Lesson of the Oxygen Mask Excerpt

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Flight attendants instruct us on every flight that if an oxygen mask drops down in front of us, we must put on our own mask before attempting to help anyone else.

Using the oxygen mask as a symbol of responsible and appropriate self-care, one client found that making self-nurturing choices changed her life.

My client, Lisa, feels the most important changes she has made in her life since working with me are self-awareness, living with intention and having compassion for herself. She has also lost 30 pounds—but in her words, the weight loss is "just the outer indication of significant inner change."

By serving as a loving mirror—listening deeply, trusting my intuition and asking penetrating questions—I was able to help Lisa get past the distraction of her external body weight to see the root of her unhappiness: the unbearable weight her heart and soul were carrying on the inside.

"When I met Deborah, I told her that I wanted to lose weight. Little did I know that weight loss—significant as it is—would be the smallest part of what I gained from this work. A byproduct rather than an end in itself.

"The larger lesson was becoming sufficiently self-aware, detached and able to see myself from the outside. Only then was I able to embrace the grieving part of myself who was eating for comfort.

“None of the diets in the world could have taught me that. And until I began to get it, true change was unlikely.

"Today I eat with intention. I've lost 30 pounds. There is vitality and light in my life, even as I rework my priorities and commitments. 

"To demonstrate real compassion for others, I had to first put on my own 'oxygen mask' and have some compassion for myself.” 

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