Mindy Dillard is a self proclaimed musical alchemist. Her lyrics and instruments are the mediums in which she has been able to transform her relationship to food and her body.
In this show, Mindy tells her story of a young women with dreams of performing on Broadway that later finds herself in a nightmare of living with an eating disorder. Music became the channel in which she could deeper understand the pain and struggle. Her album How to Survive an Apple, is an anthology to her personal recovery and a message of hope.
What You’ll Learn from My Interview with Mindy Dillard
- How to know whether something is going to bring you joy or unhappiness
- Why facing fear foods is important
- How Mindy has used music to heal
- Why it’s important to find people who are going to be supportive to your recovery
- What fairy tales can teach you about recovery
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. -Rainer Maria Rilke
Favorite Recovery Resource
Women Who Run With the Wolves By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Advice to Former Self
I think I would tell her it’s ok to be imperfect. In fact, it’s actually better than being perfect. Being imperfect is more interesting. Flaws are our greatest strength sometimes and I think that we don’t always realize it. I think it’s true that your greatest weakness can become your greatest strength in the end if you allow it to.
Definition of Recovery According to Mindy Dillard
Moving toward expansiveness. Connecting with others who have experienced some of what I’ve experienced. Going towards joyfulness.
For Your Journey
- Rise Up + Recover app on Google Play and iTunes
- Music Credit: “Something to Live For” by Mallory Faye