Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Final Post of Series- Compulsiveness


“An addiction lives inside you as a quasientity or subpersonality, an energy field that periodically takes over you completely.” For many people, compulsive eating is one of the major problems preventing them from losing weight. Compulsive behavior is due to lack of consciousness, lack of awareness with your present state of being. “You are identified with the internal voice due to the lack of awareness, you find yourself walking to the fridge and reaching for that rich chocolate cake.” You let your thoughts control you without being conscious in the present moment. Most often you aren’t even hungry, but you find yourself chowing down on a whole carton of ice cream or devouring a bag of greasy chips.

Next time this happens, be aware that this is simply compulsive behavior. Instead, when your thoughts emerge and begin telling you to overeat, stop and take three conscious breaths before you engage in eating. Become aware of what you are about to do. Slow down, and feel the present moment. “Consciously feel that need to physically or mentally ingest or consume a certain substance or the desire to act out some form of compulsive behavior. Then take a few more conscious breaths. After that you may find that compulsive urge has disappeared- for the time being.” Ask yourself, “will this really make me happy?”.

“Remember to catch any thoughts that justify the addictive behavior, sometimes with clever arguments, as they arise in your mind. Ask yourself, Who is talking here? And you will realize the addiction is talking. As long as you know that, as long as you are present as the observer of the mind, it is less likely to trick you into doing what it wants.” It is not you that wants to excessively eat. It is the addiction. The addiction wants to control you, force you into a never ending cycle of eating, guiltiness, weight gain, etc. Become free of this addiction. If you are completely present, you will realize that compulsive eating will not help your present state, will not make you satisfied, presently happy, or feel good in the present.

So remember, the next time you feel inclined to overindulge, stop, become present and aware, and realize what you’re doing. Realize it’s a sacrifice towards your ultimate goal of losing weight. Realize that you can move past your thoughts, you can observe them without them pulling you in, without becoming entangled and trapped by them. You are not your thoughts; you are the observer of your thoughts. You can sort through these thoughts and choose which ones you want to act on.

That completes my series on how to mindfully lose weight by applying some principles from The Secret, and A New Earth. Just remember to always stay present, be conscious of your thoughts and don't let them control you, and believe in yourself for anything can happen if you strongly believe in yourself.

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