Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I am doing a couple of book studies, with different friends. The two very different studies are dove-tailing nicely!
In the one book, the chapter was about character-building. In the other book, the chapter was about in destruction of self-centeredness.
In the character-building book, I like how the author defines character: simplicity, self-mastery, and sympathy.
Self-mastery "means the surrender of the self to the finer sensibilities in the self; it means a complete deliverance of the self to the highest within oneself."
To me, this is saying that the little "s" self must be surrendered to the higher "s" Self. Deliverance of the self, aka destruction of self-centeredness where little "s" self is the ego, can only be accomplished when surrendered/submitted to the higher "s" Self, aka Higher Consciousness, Divine Mind, Higher Power, in any case, a Power greater than the individual small "s" ego-centric self.
All of this simply reinforces where I have been led to at this precise moment in time. One reflects the other. It is a message I must heed. I look forward to discovering the "how".
How timely, again, because also this week, I implemented a bit of renewed simplicity in my life, with food. I had tried a certain eating plan, had the same results this time as the previous time I tried it, and then "free-fell" for a week while I looked at other eating plans.
On Sunday night, it occurred to me that perhaps I was over-complicating the whole thing. And so, since Monday morning, I have begun the simplest of plans as far as food is concerned.
It's very simple: three healthy, normally portioned meals a day, with no snacking and no seconds. I know what is healthy and what is not. I know what normal portions are, and I measure or count out things that need to be portioned. I can have water and decaf coffee or tea at any time. When I am done eating a meal, I am done until the next meal. When I am done eating my third meal of the day, I am done for the day. So far, it's really working for me. I focus on healthy, but I'm just not going to overcomplicate and convolute it. The simpler I keep it, the easier it will be to maintain.
I shoot for about 300-400 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch, and 600-700 for dinner. After eating, I track it all here on Spark, and so far, every day, I've come in at 1450-1500 calories and felt very full and satisfied. I haven't been craving anything.
If the scale drops, fine. If certain medical tests improve, fine. I'm done with driving myself crazy trying to figure out the "right" diet. I'm just going to eat normal with a focus on healthy. I know what both of those things are. If the scale moves south, great. If not, well, then at least I know I am eating healthfully and normal. That's enough for me.
So, Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) sure works for me! Now for that tricky bit of self-mastery! ;-D