Weight Loss through Mindfulness – Practicing the Sacred Art of Eating

October 19, 2009 By: Rachelle Goering Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

I apologize for taking so long to post this blog. I have been in the Midwest visiting my family, including my daughter and grandchildren and my parents. It was a very busy time taking care of the young and the old and a great opportunity to practice mindfulness so I wouldn?t get too depleted and exhausted.

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Mindless Eating: If you have ever continued to eat even when you were full or ignored your body?s signals that it was time to eat, obsessed over your weight, or felt guilt or shame around your body, then you have engaged in mindless eating. These behaviors inhibit your ability to listen and understand the messages your body is sending you. Chronic dieting encourages the split between your body and mind. It is like taking a knife and cutting off your head thus severing the lines of communication between your mind and your body.

And, chronic dieting and obsession with your body, weight, self image and self worth has an even more devastating effect on one?s Self. It severs your relationship with your Soul. The split between your body and mind and soul keeps your locked into your ego and ego?s messages. You begin to think that your thoughts and your ego?s interpretation of your feelings are truth, and you believe whatever your ego is telling you. It is a no-win, no-way-out situation. It creates misery and pain and prevents you from living joyously and passionately.

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The only way to re-establish the connection between your mind and your body and soul is to begin the practice of mindfulness. For the chronic dieter, over eater or under eater, years of mindless eating have robbed you from living a soul-filled life. Mindless eating is not the underlying problem?it is a symptom of deeper, more complex issues that exist in your psyche and body. Learning to eat mindfully, then, can be the first step on your journey to living a more soulful, spiritual and passionate life.

Embrace where you are now?in this moment?to make the commitment to break free from your patterns of mindless eating and all the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that go along with it. Take one step at a time. Your journey to mindful eating is a spiritual path. Everything that arises on this journey is worth paying attention to?it is a part of your path. There is no failure here?only information that will help you to more deeply understand who you are and your true nature. It will help you access deeper issues such as low self-esteem, poor body image, metabolic problems, cultural and social values of thinness and so on.

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Mindful eating is paying attention to all the thoughts, feelings, patterns, physical sensations and emotions that arise around hunger, food and eating. It is to master control of your mind. It is to know your hunger and to determine if it is true physical hunger or emotional hunger. It is not about developing strict disciplinary rules. It is about relaxing and tapping into your body?s infinite wisdom.

Learning to eat mindfully is a process. Most people find that they need help to change their old patterns. I highly recommend working with a group or professional who is well versed in the practice of mindfulness and mindful eating. After years of facing my own struggles with mindless dieting and obsessive thinking around weight and body image, I found that the practice of mindful eating was the most profound step to developing a loving relationship with my body and realigning myself with my life?s purpose. How ironic that my life?s purpose is to help others heal from mindless eating and learn to love and live in their bodies and to reconnect to their Soul!

Next week, stay tuned for tips and ideas on how to practice mindful eating.

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