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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I talked to a stranger tonight about the end of life. Why people avoid nursing homes. One of those brief exchanges that are heartfelt and open. At lot of western philosophies look to minimize suffering, but I prefer the buddhist view that suffering is a human condition that can be ended with truth and following the eight fold path. I have studied very little but what I read seem to be true: too much attachment to eating and attaining things has created suffering. There are foods that seem tro trigger my craving and my old way hedonistic behavior.

I feel I am on the path to accept the transient nature of life and simplify.

I do meet people who have come through tremendous physical suffering. I relate obesity with emotional suffering, but the physical discomfort has been advancing as I have aged. Has being overweight created suffering for you? Are you ready to come through? I am so glad I am not alone in this journey!!!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/26/2013 10:39PM

  We all have trigger foods. Something will always bring up those old feelings.
Not only is size 14 not the average anymore, but it's also not a 14 anymore. In order to make people feel better clothes sizing has changed as people have gotten heavier. What is a 14 now,used to be a 16. A 6 used to be a 4.
We all need to face the facts of life, but how we choose to deal with them is up to the individual. Some people choose to remain independent and others choose to depend on others.

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68ANNE 6/25/2013 9:31PM

    Do what you can to minimize for yourself and what others do to you to create suffering

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RACEWELLWON 6/25/2013 1:54PM

    Yes , it has - you know that we do attach feelings to food . It goes without saying that we as Westerner's eat for pleasure instead of necessity . Almost every Holiday is based around food - and not just religious Holiday either - The Forth of July , Memorial Day with BBQ''s . I too feel that we idolize the very thin Models and that within itself creates self conscious image of ourselves. I am sure you remember as I know we are close in age that a size 14 was considered normal - when did a size 4-6 become the norm - the Twiggy days ?? Good article - thanks -Karen

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KNYAGENYA 6/25/2013 12:50PM

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