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The Beauty and Grace of Facing Your Truth

A conversation with Glennon Doyle Melton

Image of Glennon Doyle Melton wearing red shirt and cowgirl boots

Amy Paulson

Glennon Doyle Melton’s big moment of truth telling was a now-famous Facebook post: “25 Things About Me.” For #5 she shared: “I am a recovering alcoholic and bulimic. 7 years sober … so in many ways I’m actually 7 years old. Sometimes I miss excess booze and food, in the same indescribable way you can miss someone who abused you and repeatedly left you for dead.” That moment led to her book Love Warrior, about the beauty and grace that came from turning around and facing the truth of her pain. We spoke with her recently about her ongoing journey.S&H: Describe the process of coming into your voice.Glennon: It’s an amazing way to live, good and bad. The idea of using the voice inside that’s thinking really true things, while the representative outside of us is speaking more socially appropriate things, started as a philosophy for how to stay sane and sober. The first time I sat in a recovery meeting and heard people really use their true voice, I remember thinking, Oh, this is how you do it. The way to stay sane and sober, and have a real life, is to use this true voice. Why do we only get to do this i …

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Kalia Kelmenson

Kalia Kelmenson is the editorial director at Spirituality & Health. She founded Maui Mind and Body to support women’s health, and is the creator of Mind Body Booty Camp. Kalia loves to explore the fascinating intersection of fitness and mind-body health, and to share inspiration for your movement practice from the research emerging from this intriguing field.


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