When living an unmuted life, we have to seek to line up our values and priorities with our choices. We are not solely one thing. We are beyond our jobs, relationships, and hobbies. We are a mind-body-spirit that strives to live in harmony. As we begin our various journeys towards an unmuted life, we are faced with letting go of our shadowed self while we seek to live in the light. One area of renewal is health and weight.
I too have embarked on this journey many times over. Obsessing over food, always thinking about my weight or how I am making ‘bad’ choices. The more I obsessed I became, the worse I felt. After much personal growth and development, I found that there is a better way- and it starts in the mind. These are practices I put in place this past year. I have found success and harmony with these initiatives. I am certainly not perfect, but I have made progress.
As you read through these, remember that I am not a nutritionist or doctor, nor do I claim to be. However, if these practices help your “stinkin’ thinkin'” and build a resilient spirit that aligns you with better choices to assist you with your health/weight progress, then wonderful!
We need to consider that we must create an inner space for success on our weight journey. We focus heavily on the technicalities of weight loss- the pros, the cons, the what’s, the what not’s, the how’s, and how not’s… We have been inundated with information for decades in addition to being conditioned on what the perfect body looks like. Our minds have been morphed by comparison. You know HOW to do it. There is tons of information- everywhere. But, how do you break through your barrier? By realizing you are a whole person- mind-body-spirit and ALL of your needs to be nourished.
Look at these 3 tips as food for thought…
#1 What you focus on grows.
If you are focused on your weight, you will attract more. Your language and self-talk are very important in this application. Empower your mind-spirit-body connection through language that will resonate positive results. I am healthy. I am strong. I am youthful. I am inspiring my children. I am a work of beautiful art. I am a house of an eternal spirit. I am breath. I am body. I am graceful. I am energetic. I am awake. I am aware. I am clear. I am resolved. I am worth it!
Build beautiful words around yourself. Create and imagine you in the best version of yourself. Build a picture of your FULL self. What it feels like and looks like to be you. Write it down with a vivid description in current tense. Write your story! Claim your truth.
Let this become your new focus. Let these words of life work in your day-to-day. They will begin to serve you. Maybe slowly. We are seeking progress, not perfection. The truth in your story will appear in your day to day decisions. Your choices will begin to serve your vision.
#2 Release the Stuff.
It is time to move on from your baggage. Just as in our physical realm, we horde and cling onto things in our mental and spiritual realm. We fill our space with things. Your mind-body-soul has a similar relationship. For your health journey to have hope… let go. What is it you are hoarding and holding onto? Anger, grudges, shame, rejection…? How can your body find peace if your soul is in angst? You are a not a person in parts you are whole. All of you needs to be fed, nourished and encouraged.
Begin by practicing forgiveness. Forgive yourself. Step into love and speak kindly to yourself. If you have a day you eat poorly- forgive yourself and give you encouragement. Bring yourself into a place of peace. What are your eating triggers telling you? Listen in to yourself and unpack your boxes. Imagine that you are cleaning out your house. Evaluate and deal with the stuff in your boxes. Keep it or toss it? You decide. Even in your own environment, take a look around…is it time for a spring cleaning?
#3 Permission to Celebrate
Choose a lifestyle that feeds your mind-body-spirit. Live your every day in that lifestyle and pause to reflect on how your choices are serving you. However, I have a rule of celebration, give yourself permission to enjoy! When it is a holiday or birthday- indulge a little. Live in your moment. Find peace with yourself. Gluttony is an unbecoming service to the spirit, it is the exercise of habitual greed or an excess in eating. Key word= greed. In the practice of celebration exercise the habits related to joy, harmony, and love and treat your body thusly. Simply in creating a harmonious balance within you, your activities will then match your spirit. Celebration can then be a place of reasonable choices.
Good luck on your journey. YOU are worth it!
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing!