Yes, I said easy.
Before you click the X in the upper right hand corner of your computer screen and end this pseudo conversation (or before you want to reach out and slap me upside the head)... read on, add comments, and create a dialogue.
What is this path you ask? Mindfulness I say, mindfulness around your eating habits but more importantly, mindfulness around your life.
Mindfulness teaches us to be present-minded and grounded in our professional and personal lives from a foundation of inner (my word) connectedness. A mindfulness practice involves a small amount of time devoted to re-setting. This re-set allows us to be in the moment, make decisions, reflect and communicate from our innermost, authentic voice.
End Result: You make decisions based upon what is best for the growth of your higher self and the greater good not impulse based decisions to satisfy immediate gratification on some level or another.
You have heard me speak of how my 16 year, daily yoga practice has created mindfulness in my life. I also hope you have enjoyed my earlier post on Walking the Red Road... I remind you of these things and previous posts because I want to show you that all of this is within your grasp and you will start creating a healthier you (including that weight loss you have been intending on).
Pick a mindfulness habit that works for you and start watching your life look like this:
- Thinking thoughtfully around your day... "Oh, I have a big dinner tonight. I will mindfully eat very lightly the rest of the day to not over food, over stuff myself, in this 24 hour period.
- "Wow, that family celebration was heavy last night." Mindfully I decide to fast a bit longer today, skip break - fast, and breathe deeply knowing I am fine without food for a few hours more.
- You realize that hunger signals from the brain and belly do not always need to be immediately gratified. "Hey, I hear you speaking awesome body but I am going to pass on any food right now and I know I will be ok. This hunger pang too shall pass and I can wait until breakfast, lunch, dinner..."
- Working through the ending sugar addiction becomes a practice of self-love wrapped in gorgeous, mindfulness gift paper and ribbons. Gently reminding yourself:
"If I stop feeding the gut bugs that thrive on sugar and refined carbs what they want (more sugar and refined carbs) they, the sugar craving gut bugs, will die."
"Yup, starve the 'lil buggers to death. My whole food diet will re-establish the amazing gut bugs I do want in my digestive tract. These wanted gut bugs will not be begging me for sugar, they will not scream from deep inside my belly to run and find that hidden ice ' cream in the freezer or that bag of chocolate chips I hide from the family."
"Goodbye soda, other sugary drinks, and packaged refined foods... my gut bugs don't want you!"
Seriously, have these dialogues with yourself and your gut bugs. Good inner dialogue keeps you mindful AND makes you chuckle (laughter is healing my friends!) as you move through your day on this magical path of mindfulness.
Use mindfulness to improve any aspect of your life, make those whole health lifestyle changes you have been meaning to, and support your kissing goodbye to all of the habits that are not cultivating your higher self or the greater good.
Need extra help?
- Find a yoga teacher and/or class in your area. Here in Northern NY: Trillium, Yoga Loft, Five Elements, Northern Light Yoga
- Call Jenny for mindfulness tutoring, see above.
- Try meditation: go to Five Elements Living and check out the offerings with Sarah Jane, check out the upcoming classes: Cultivating Ease & Liveliness
- More meditation in the Potsdam-Canton, NY area: Northern Light Yoga, Trillium Yoga, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton
- Find what works for you in your area: tai chi, qi gong, tae kwon do...
- Read a book on yoga or mindfulness and teach yourself... then practice every day.
- Go to my blog page (hey, wait... you are already here!) OK, then just do this for some added loving support: in the search bar type in Yoga. You will get many posts on supporting your mindfulness practice. Now type in weight loss... yup, more support 'cuz friends, that's what I do... work to support your health and healing needs hoping that a word or two of wisdom will spark some sort of change in you to help you find your natural path, find you, again.
BIG HUGS (filled with mindfulness of course) , Paula
PS... Hey, I just remembered, I wrote a book to help you cultivate your mindfulness!
And I wrote another book to help you navigate lifestyle changes to restore your natural health and lose that weight. See, I do have your back 24/7!
Find your path and walk in peace.