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5 Questions for Geneen Roth

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Geneen Roth

Geneen Roth’s timely new book, This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide, inspires women to see beyond the weight scale to reclaim their worth.

1. In your book, you confess, “I was kinder to my jade plant than my body.” Why are women so hard on themselves? Most of us treat our children, our jade plants, and our phones better than we treat our bodies—and we assume that harshness leads to change. Being hard on ourselves often functions as protection, albeit unconsciously: If we get there first, it’s less likely that someone else will. What I now know is that kindness toward ourselves must—and can—be learned. 2. What effect do you think the #MeToo movement will have on women’s self-worth? Anytime anyone speaks up, it’s a victory for everyone. It’s a light-bringer, a relief to that part of us that already knows the truth. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, I recently started the Red String Project (#redstringproject), encouraging women to use a red string—a physical representation of a boundary—to reclaim their space and to remember that “No” and “I don’t want to” are complete sentences. 3. How would you describe the connection between spirituality, self-worth, and food? The link between body size and self-worth is …




Alma Tassi is the Digital Content Director for Spirituality & Health magazine. She has worked for several magazines and edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women's issues.


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