Gratitude opens a vessel in which there is warmth and an invitation
to expand into pure potentiality. ~Trish Hall
I am the flow of change, and I am
grateful for the shift of conscious choice.
Namaste’ Fellow Travelers,
No matter what age you are, no doubt when you look in the mirror, you see evidence of the passage of time. Alterations are inevitable over the passing years. None of us are able to escape this ongoing phenomena, yet we resist change. The seasons and natural order of life are integral to all we have ever know, but we still react with fear when we think of making radical shifts. How can we most effectively make the transition from where we are health-wise to where we would like to be?
Allow me to offer four suggestions. First, good health is our natural state.
Without even consciously thinking we need to do so, the human body automatically makes repairs by healing injuries and illnesses. Knowing this and trusting in this magical process is reassuring. Good health is the norm rather than the exception.
Next, the idea of “getting in shape” often conjures up a plan to radically change your diet and spend every free minute in the gym or pounding the pavement. Just thinking this direction is exhausting. This reaction is part of why the most common New Year’s resolution of losing weight is often quickly dismissed. A more doable and inevitably successful approach is making small, yet consistent changes, both in diet and exercise. Gradually increasing a daily walk by five minutes weekly so that you go from ten minutes to an hour is much more likely to become a routine part of your fitness program than launching into a full blown workout which leaves you sore and aching. This gradual and incremental approach creates a trajectory that will result in a lasting shift in your overall lifestyle.
The changes you make to achieve better health need to be not only gradual, but also permanent. If I am concerned about my weight, and would like to lose some pounds, stopping eating or going on a radical and temporary shift in what I consume is not an effective long-range strategy. I may lose weight, but my survival instincts will kick in, and once I return to my “normal way of eating,” I will regain the lost weight as well as an additional store of fat to insure survival when the next “famine” (radical diet) strikes. This is the see-saw battle that many people go through with their weight.
Those who maintain a healthy body weight have two core principles that enable them to keep their weight in a healthy range – how they think about food and what they eat. A healthy body weight begins with healthy thoughts about food, starting with what I chose to eat and why I am eating. Eating healthy food to satisfy hunger will reap totally different results than eating comfort food to assuage emotional issues like feelings of rejection and unworthiness. In order to initiate healthy changes in my weight, I first have to look at how I think about my diet, what my relationship is with food, and then I have to make conscious choices about what I am going to eat, when I am going to eat, and why I am going to eat.
The final point is gratitude. Looking for the positive outcomes, being focused on recognizing and pursuing good health, and being appreciative of how much that adds to our lives helps to create the very state we are seeking to achieve. What we think about, we bring about. When we are seeking to find the good in our health, we find it. What we appreciate appreciates. These word plays may come across as cliche and trite, although they truly reflect our thinking, which is the very foundation of good health – and our ability to make the changes and shifts that we are seeking.
Taking time to reflect on the choices I am making concerning my health has enabled me to feel more authentic and true to myself. I clearly see the difference in how my day goes and how I feel healthy-wise (physically, mentally, and emotionally) at the end of the day when I take the time to journal and contemplate my choices. What I do feels more in line with who I am if my day starts with turning within and finding my Truth, truly aligning my human mind with my God-mind. It also makes it easier for me to want to exercise (walk) eat healthy and go to bed early rather than later when I tend to pass the point of falling to sleep easily.
Journal Question: How can you shift your behavior to more fully align with your ideal vision? Consider strategies that are natural, gradual, permanent, and include gratitude. How will these changes benefit you both short and long-term?
Affirmation: Create a positive affirmation from today’s journaling. Example: By practicing awareness, I stay aligned with my God-mind.
Letter from your soul: Review your journal and affirmation, then write a letter from your soul, reminding yourself of your divine-mind’s gratitude for the positive health-related choices you are envisioning. Allow your soul to share how thrilled it is for you to allow it to express through you in such healthy and life-giving ways.
Buen Camino, Pat
Once you learn to feed yourself, you will better understand your hunger.