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Have You Had This Illusion, Too?

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Have you, like me, sometimes thought of your weight management journey this way? "If I could just get my body to do x, I'd have my act together..."

I'm learning to interrupt these thoughts. I've become convinced that the more I give my body appreciation, the better success I have. I certainly feel better.

Thinking of my body as separate from me -- as if there's some distinction between me and my body -- is maintaining the illusion that allowed me to get heavy in the first place: What I do to my body is just an action on a "thing." The illusion says what I do to my body has as much to do with my personhood as what I do to my car, my dishes, my desk. Sure, I could make a mess with things, but that wouldn't affect who I am as a human being.

Of course, the truth is (as science has been demonstrating repeatedly in recent years) there's a profound mind-body connection. What I do to my body not only affects my physical health, it affects my relationships, my mood, my emotional wellbeing, and even my spiritual health. Who I am is directly influenced by my relationship with my body. How I treat my body is a direct precursor to how I will interact with others, how I find meaning in life, and how I feel about matters mundane and sublime. The results I get in life are directly related to how I feed my body, the activity I give it, and my self-talk. Bottom line, the more I love my body and cultivate a healthy, respectful relationship with it, the better my life gets in every way.

"Loving yourself…does not mean being self-absorbed or narcissistic, or disregarding others. Rather it means welcoming yourself as the most honored guest in your own heart, a guest worthy of respect, a lovable companion." -- Margo Anand

This week, treat your whole self as a lovable companion. Have a beautiful week, friends.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHRISTASP 10/17/2013 2:40PM

    Very good blog. I appreciate it. Gave me 'food for thought' (grin) too.

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EFFECT25 10/16/2013 7:13AM

    This is so true!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/15/2013 10:30AM

    Good insight

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MARTHAMBG 10/15/2013 8:29AM

  Yes, I like your attitude.
Focus on the what we want. That is the way it works.
Where we put our thoughts we get.
I want health. I want to move.
I'm with you.
Thank you
Martha G

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KLONG8 10/13/2013 7:59PM

    So very, very true!

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RYDERB 10/12/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon Great blog!

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LOSTLIME 10/7/2013 10:27AM

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TOKIEMOON 10/7/2013 1:31AM

    Very eloquently stated! emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 10/7/2013 12:25AM


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ARTJAC 10/6/2013 10:59PM


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_BABE_ 10/6/2013 4:50PM

    emoticon Why did we ever think there wasn't a mind/body connection? It's time we think we are the whole individuals we are waiting to be NOW.

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TREV1964 10/6/2013 4:20PM

    A great blog well said,

Achieving your goals is not a matter of if as much as a matter of when. I will no doubt see you at the finish line of goal weight and good health.



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GRANDMABABA 10/6/2013 3:57PM

    Well said! Thanks for the awesome reminders!

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ROSEWAND 10/6/2013 3:41PM

    This is a brilliant blog. You really got it!
This journey is truly about healing our relationship
with our body. Only when we get that, does
the magic happen.

And it did feel like magic, when nearly five
years ago, I discovered The Gabriel Method,
which is all about our relationship with our
bodies. Check out the book and our
Gabriel Spark Team. There is a link where
you can download the free mp3 for nightly
listening to reconnect with your body and
its wisdoms on our team Spark page.

Jon Gabriel teaches that it is only when our
bodies truly feel safe enough to release the
weight, will we really be permanently successful.

This has been true for me. The more I have honored,
nourished, listen to, and loved the "body part
of me." the more stable my weight has been.

Thank you for writing with such deep wisdom. emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/6/2013 3:42:56 PM

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PEZMOM1 10/6/2013 2:23PM


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