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8/3/14 10:28 A

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The path I've chosen to live by does encourage doing the best you can with what you have and change what you can if it isn't healthy. Its pressed me to to look into healthier attitudes and behaviors. My view includes the idea that you cannot focus your intent to the best of your ability if you feel like crap all the time. If you treat your body like crap then you will feel it.

I never did smoke and though I was never a big drinker either I do enjoy a glass of red a time or two each week. I have had some health issues that keep me from being as active as I'd like to be but I do try to move and eat healthy. I've cut out most of the junk in my diet and can really enjoy a good salad daily. I'm still not at a point I'd like to be but slow and steady seems to be the theme of my life. So, yea, I'd say so.


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4/26/14 4:03 P

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To be honest, I did not start on my weight loss goals due to my spiritual path. Little things like not being able to find clothing that fits both tall AND wide, and a bit larger things like angina attacks woke me up. I've lost ~ 40 pounds before coming to SP, and need to lose 15-20 pounds more (and I am in a plateau).

I think the re-connection to the Craft, and to Paganism and spirituality as a whole is beginning to help. Not necessarily for more weight loss (not yet) but for getting grounded enough to be more NUTRITIONALLY balanced and overall healthy. We often confuse healthy with weight, and while there is a relationship, there are some pretty unhealthy anorexic folk out there. I think reconnecting to my spirit is helping me regain many more aspects of health than simple weight issues ever imply.

Yep, there I am, swimming through the desert sands. Might just be a mirage, after all. But this is life, and we learn best about it if we explore it, and take our chances. A life unexplored, after all, is one of the saddest things out there.


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11/4/13 9:16 A

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At this point in my life my spiritual path and my fitness goals are becoming more and more connected to one-another. Getting out and walking/hiking/climbing/running are a form of worship for me. I give thanks for the miracle that is my body and for the beauty of the world around me. And in my diet, I try to take no more tahan I need and to be thankful a reverent towards the plant or animal that was sacrificed for my nourishment. I try to drink more water, wish believe it or not can be likened to suckling at the bosom of the goddess....

Short answer - Absolutely !

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11/4/13 9:14 A

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At this point in my life my spiritual path and my fitness goals are becoming more and more connected to one-another. Getting out and walking/hiking/climbing/running are a form of worship for me. I give thanks for the miracle that is my body and for the beauty of the world around me. And in my diet, I try to take no more tahan I need and to be thankful a reverent towards the plant or animal that was sacrificed for my nourishment. I try to drink more water, wish believe it or not can be likened to suckling at the bosom of the goddess....

Short answer - Absolutely !

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11/4/13 7:37 A

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I think we could turn this phrase around and look at it another way as well. Does our health goals affect our path. If we don't take care of the vessel that houses our belief system what do we have.
For years I have been trying to live up to societies dictates of what a "perfect" shell should be, in doing so I have made my body a war zone, one that is in continual battle. I was harming myself. This journey is for me a life renewal. It starts with not harming ME. I have decided to become vegetarian for awhile in order to connect with Mother Earth. I feel the need to be more grounded and to get back to basics. This decision I feel will help me get those Wonderful (LOL-NOT) fast foods away from my diet and force me to cook from mother natures bounty. I am trying to approach this from the inside out and in doing so feel more connected to everything around me. I hope everyone here has a blessed journey, no matter what path they chose for we are all children of the earth and there are many paths to be walked!

When your cup is full stop pouring!
Tao Te Ching
Its good to be a Scurvy Elephant
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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail

Walking is mans best medicine
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10/22/13 11:59 A

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I feel as though my spiritual path ENHANCES my desire to be healthier and take better care of myself. :)

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Yes and no. One is not dependent upon the other, however both influence each other.

My desire for greater health is based in concepts of "harm ye none" (why did it take me to middle-age to realize that this applies to OURSELVES, also? not just to others) and the medical creed of "first do no harm." Of course, my poor health and terribly unhealthy weight does indeed "do harm."

I don't subscribe to a vegan or vegetarian plan. I feel, if there is such a thing as "intent," that we are intended to eat both plant and animal foods. I believe our energies are all interrelated, and that the magic of life is an ebb and flow among all of us living here. I'm reminded of the Native American philosophy of respect and awareness of our "brotherhood" with all living things - and to consciously, intentionally, join our own spirit with those of the foods we eat, plant or animal. In that way, eating is something of a sacred act for me. It wasn't always this way, but it aids me in my current path. As a result, I adhere the best I can to a primal/paleo approach, "just eat real food." This seems appropriate to me. The "frankenfoods" we're encouraged toward seem like the antichrist! LOL

If my path doesn't affect and infuse every aspect of my life and goals, I would hardly be able to see it as a "path."

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~attributed to Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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4/24/13 9:22 P

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The path I am on encourages me to be the best person I can be, and that includes being at the best health and eating the best food. Otherwise, to me there is harm...I am harming myself and my friends and family by not treating myself with respect and having the responsibility of leading the best and longest life I can.

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My path has reduced my stress. Meditation has kept my anxiety attacks away for four years now. I am more conscious of waste and organic food, including growing my own. Natural remedies and homemade items are made more by us. Lotions, oils, tinctures. Whatever we can treat well ourselves we do it. My husband took up hunting again too so we are eating more game.

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3/18/13 10:25 P

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My path really doesn't have an effect on my health goals, or at least, I can't think of any right now. Except for me wanting to buy more locally grown produce and grow my own as well, but that's not directly connected to me wanting to be healthy.

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2/18/13 12:02 P

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Well said.

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2/17/13 5:06 P

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Short answer: yes.

Long scholarly answer: the cognitive scientist George Lakoff has studied the different moral systems of authoritarians and progressives.

Authoritarian morality emphasizes maintianing Order. One gains Authority through one's defense of the status quo. If there's any energy left when you get through with that maybe a little Nurturance gets done -- maybe.

Progressives practice Nurturant Morality. Nurturant morality emphasizes caring for people and solving problems. Authority accrues naturally to those who are good at caring for people and solving problems.

If you do not first take care of yourself, you will not be effective at taking care of others. That is why Nurturant Morality places a premium on Self-Nurturance.

Or as they teach airline stewardesses, first make sure your own oxygen mask is in place before helping anyone else with their oxygen mask.

This is why so many Pagan rituals are about Healing, including Self-Healing. In order to be strong enough to help others, we must first be strong ourselves.

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2/3/13 8:13 A

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Again, I'm not doing this BECAUSE of my path, but my path is helping. There are 9 virtues in Druidry, and five of them are being a huge help to me right now:

Vision- Keeping my short, mid, and long term goals always in mind.
Courage- to actually talk about my goals to as many people as I can, and to try new things.
Perseverance- Just keep going!
Integrity- Being honest with myself and with my trackers.
Moderation- Calorie intake and exercise.

I also work with Epona, so I ride at least once a week, and volunteer at two different farms every week taking care of her children. All of these things burn a lot of calories.

I hope more people reply to this thread. We are here banded together as fellow Pagans, which is awesome, but we're supposed to be talking about WEIGHT LOSS too, which is a topic in the minority on this forum...

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9/22/12 10:16 A

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I wouldn't say I'm doing this BECAUSE of my path, but I find my spirituality to be a good motivator. Remembering to be mindful that a plant or animal was sacrificed for everthing I eat helps me to remember to take only what I need. And harming none certainly applies to my body as well. Cunningham's " magic of food " has a lot to say about tho role of food in our spiritual life.

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9/22/12 3:37 A

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Is anyone taking this journey because of their paganism? I know many who practice the craft cut their teeth so to speak on Scott Cunningham's books. He teaches, among other things, to be kind to all creatures, to breathe and eat correctly, to meditate and to exercise the body. Although I'm not Wiccan, most of what he wrote about, including these really resonate with me. As a result, I am now embarking on not only a weight loss journey, but changing my diet to one that is vegan, whole foods and organic whenever possible. My beliefs were not the catalyst to wanting to become healthy, but I have discovered that now that I'm on this path, it is in such harmony with my spirit. I think that will be something that will help me to continue to stick with the plan I have laid out so that I can reach my health goals.
Does this idea resonate with anyone else here?

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