The spiritual perspective on weight loss strives for wholeness rather than perfection. It requires a balance between mind/body and spirit. We must consider the first four letters of the word HEALth to be reminded that healing all aspects of our selves is necessary to find our perfect weight. We need to heal with natural food, regular exercise, a mindful presence and with the spiritual nourishment of self-compassion.
Repressed emotions must also be addressed. We must let go of childhood wounds, resentment and anger that are often hidden in the layers of extra weight. We use this weight to cushion ourselves from past and future emotional pain.
We eat until we feel full for all the wrong reasons, often seeking fulfillment through food by eating when we are bored or emotional. Eating for any other reason than the need for nourishment has created a well-worn path of bad habits. Alternatively, if we have an abundant supply of self-fulfillment through self-acceptance, a creative outlet, a purposeful life and spiritual nourishment, then we are already “full” and satisfaction through food becomes less important.
Forgiveness, a feeling of contentment and peace are necessary for us to halt the habit of consuming more food than is necessary. Therefore, the two essential ingredients needed in a recipe for satisfaction are: meditation combined with affirmations.
When we are peaceful, we are more powerful and effective at self-management. We don’t eat as a reaction to emotional or stressful situations when we are fulfilled by an inner sense of security and calm. Meditation is the path to inner peace, so why not use meditation as an essential instrument in our stress relief and weight loss toolkit.
It can be as easy as closing the eyes, taking a few deep breaths to relax your body, followed by a silent watching of the inhale, exhale and pauses of your breathing. Ten minutes in the morning and evening is all it takes to relieve stress and become grounded in the present moment. Meditating in this way has many benefits for everyday life including a more mindful approach to consuming food.
Real change begins in the mind with a thought. Affirmations are positive statements that reprogram the mind by replacing the negative thinking that created the bad health habits. Repeating positive affirmative statements combined with meditation, is a practical way to apply Eckardt Tolle’s wise words, “Get the inside right and the outside will follow."
Affirmations are easily accepted when at a deeper level of mind. Brainwaves slow down to an alpha level in meditation, so the end of a meditation would be a good time to gently open your eyes, and read the positive statements when your mind is most open to new ideas. Writing them down and keeping them with you all day and next to your bed or as post it notes on the fridge or bathroom mirror also works well to reinforce your desire for change. Here are fifty to get us started:
1. I nourish my body with healthy, whole, fresh food
2. I am filled with enthusiasm and energy
3. I love to exercise in a way that is fun for me.
4. I am getting lighter and leaner
5. I am willing to change
6. I eat to nourish my body
7. I release the past and let it go.
8. My energy is increasing every day
9. I am strong and healthy
10. I choose to drink more water and stay hydrated
11. I love how exercise makes my body and mind feel
12. I eat only what I need
13. I am healthy and happy
14. I love to find fun ways to exercise on a regular basis
15. I enjoy eating more fruits and vegetables
16. I find healthy ways to comfort myself
17. I am getting stronger and slimmer everyday
18. I eat natural foods
19. I am grateful for my health
20. I am kind to myself
21. I am open to new ways of eating
22. I am patient with myself
23. I choose foods that truly nourish me
24. I chew slowly and mindfully
25. I am getting lighter and stronger every day
26. I enjoy taking good care of myself
27. I can do anything I set my mind to
28. I enjoy working out
29. I say yes to life
30. My actions and behavior support my perfect weight
31. I am excited about my new way of being lighter
32. I listen to my body
33. I see my body as an amazing miracle.
34. I enjoy a variety of wholesome foods
35. Change comes easily to me
36. I leave the past behind
37. I face both good and bad feelings with ease
38. I love and care for my body
39. I listen to my intuition
40. I welcome new healthy habits
41. I love foods that are alive with nutrients
42. I allow myself to be happy
43. I am grateful for a chance to begin again
44. My body self-corrects
45. I am relaxed and at peace
46. I love the taste of healthy food
47. I am ready to shed the burdens of my past
48. I see the beauty of my miraculous body
49. I arrange my life for the new slim me
50. My mind and body are in harmony
BIO: Kathryn Remati created the popular Tranquil Me meditation app to help spread peace, one peaceful person at a time. She is a certified San Francisco based meditation teacher, health instructor for Kaiser Permanente, and writer. You can also listen to her guided meditations on the Insight Timer App. Kathryn is proud to be a presenter at this years consciousness-raising event, The Sedona Yoga Festival March 9-12 Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/TranquilMeApp Or go to: http://tranquilspectrum.com And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tranquilmeapp/