Music has the extraordinary power of meeting us where we are at, in both our darkest and brightest hours. For musician JR Patterson, his goal is to reach out to those who are struggling and help them see the light and accept the dark. In essence, he wants to give a voice to each piece of the soul, which he does through his work with Voice Collective. According to JR, it is common that we all struggle and face hardships, but it is within our pain that we find the most profound and deep connections. He believes that even amidst the pain, happiness, love and peace can be found. In this show, JR opens up about what it is like to be a man with an eating disorder and more importantly, what it is like to be a human with an eating disorder. Tune in to be inspired by his powerful message of love and acceptance.
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What You’ll Learn from JR Patterson
- How body image issues can take on multiple forms
- Why control is not necessarily a bad thing in the context of recovery
- How going to a treatment center can build community
- Music’s role in drawing out both the darkness and the light within us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. -Marianne Williamson
Favorite Recovery Resource
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” by Marianne Williamson
Advice to Former Self
Everything you’re experiencing right now is a part of the process of becoming who you are.
Definition of Recovery according to JR Patterson
Loving and accepting every part of yourself regardless of where you’re at.
For Your Journey
- 2016 Recovery Warrior Calendar (Use discount code WARRIOR to receive 10% off your order)
- Find professional help through Recovery Warriors Help Finder
- Rise Up + Recover app on Google Play and iTunes
- Music Credit: “Something to Live For” by Mallory Faye