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By Paige Burkes
The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently. ~ Pema Chödrön
Before I begin today, I have a question to ask? Does anyone want to meet me for a nice cup of tea?
Great, would you please call my Dentist and tell him I can’t make my appointment. And whilst you’re speaking to him, would you be kind enough to mention that it doesn’t matter what he says, those injections hurt and I don’t think much of his numbing cream. Thank you.
It’s a good job, I have an Encourager for you this morning. ‘Cos I’m not doing a very good job so far.
So without further ado please meet Paige Burkes. Paige is my Encourager for the month. She has an amazing way of getting to the heart and soul of life that’s both encouraging and uplifting. And she does it in a simple, uncomplicated way that feels…well peaceful.
Today, she’s going to be encouraging and inspiring us in ways that I most definitely need if I’m to eliminate the dreaded jiggly bits. Over to you Paige.
“What is it about diet and exercise that has to be so darn difficult?
There’s a presumption in our culture that says that, if we don’t carefully manage what we eat and implement certain types of exercise into our schedules, we’ll become fat, lazy and sick.
While some people do fall into this trap, it’s much easier than you think not to.
How would it feel to eat whatever you want and have fun moving your body each day? Did I mention that you could actually lose weight, have more energy and be a lot happier by doing this?
If you’ve tried every diet under the sun with no lasting results, I have your answer.
The secret is sprinkling mindfulness into the equation.
What is mindfulness? It’s simply noticing what is in the present moment without judging it.
Incorporating mindfulness into eating means slowing down and noticing whether you’re hungry, thirsty, or attempting to feed some emotional need (boredom, depression, anger, loneliness, etc.). You don’t judge yourself as bad for wanting food or wanting to feed that emotional need. You simply notice it.
The next step is to ask your body and soul what they need. You may think you’re hungry but a big glass of water is what your body is yearning for. Maybe you usually reach for a bag of chips or some chocolate when you’re stressed but, using mindfulness, you realize that your body is begging you for some vegetables to feed the loss of nutrients you’re experiencing from your stress. Or you may always eat a certain food for lunch but now you realize how low your energy is and how messed up your stomach feels after eating it so you choose something different that will revitalize you.
Once you’ve narrowed down exactly what your body is asking for, do your best to deliver. If you choose to eat something, take the time to savor the sights, smells, tastes and textures of every bite. Enjoy it fully.
Incorporating mindfulness into exercise means listening to your body and moving it in ways that are fun and exciting for you. Forget the word “exercise” since it drums up so many negative connotations of things we “should” do to be healthy (i.e. going to a gym).
Instead of saying, “I have to exercise today” try “How can I have fun moving my body today?” You’ll feel better and come up with all kinds of wonderful ideas and none of them have to look like “exercise.”
When you slow down to tune into your body, you’ll be able to eat whatever you want because you’ll only want healthy things in moderate portions. You’ll also find fun ways of moving that you never considered to be exercise.
You may be asking, “How the heck can I slow down when I’ve got so much to do? I don’t have the time to think about every little thing!” That’s exactly the kind of thinking that keeps you in the negative state from which you yearn to escape.
We all make time for what we feel is important in our lives.
Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. ~ Mother Theresa.
Are feeling good and looking radiant important to you? Maybe you think it’s too hard to maintain those qualities so you don’t even bother.
Know that it’s simple and you have the key to success inside of you. It’s just a matter of listening.
The next time you reach for something to eat or drink, before you take any action, close your eyes and take at least three deep breaths. While you’re breathing deeply, do your best to clear your mind and ask your body what it wants. Then give it what it’s asking for.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Satisfy your body’s needs, not the crazy and fleeting needs of your monkey mind. You’ll feel and look amazing.”
Well I’m definitely encouraged and I’m definitely going to follow her recommendations. Told you she has a way of keeping things simply inspiring and encourages us even more, Paige has a new Mindful Body Programme, the details of which you’ll find below.
Let’s continue to encourage one another. And share your encouraging words in the comments below, you know we love to hear from you.
Paige Burkes writes at Simple Mindfulness where she inspires her readers to see the world in a new light, experiencing life mindfully and inviting in more happiness and joy. Download her FREE Mindful Living Guide and learn how you can invite more joy, peace and happiness into your life. Check out her new Mindful Body Program, a comprehensive program that uses mindfulness principles to transform how you think about diet, exercise and health. It shows you how fun it is to be healthy.