I recently wrote about the angst we create for ourselves in trying to find our purpose.
When there is even the smallest bit of realization that what obscures Truth and joy is our own deep identification to thought, inner purpose becomes conspicuously clear. How can anything else possibly be more important than the inner healing to clear consciousness?
When inner purpose is clear, the angst about outer purpose dissolves. We no longer seek completion in outer purpose or goals or passions or money or relationships. These don’t go away; in fact, when we no longer seek to find the self in them, there is clarity. Fear is removed. Action flows.
I had struggled with extra poundage most of my adult life. Like most of us, I have had temporary successes with restrictive diets and hard exercise and discipline. But these are no fun. No diet can be sustained for long, and pounds come back with vengeance.
Two and a half years ago, when I first came to awakening, I naturally fell into eating mindfully and I lost some 80 lbs without thinking about it. About a year ago, I had a bout of severe anxiety, and I lost the flow of living, and once again gained back much of the weight.
The anxiety, as inconvenient as it was, had a purpose–it is what led the discovery of a release method. Isn’t it amazing how Life always knows what to do?
The releasing of anxiety and other negative emotions is not only wonderfully liberating, but also an important component of maintaining a healthful weight. Anxiety and other negative emotions, like stress, flood our bodies with destructive and fat-holding hormones such as cortisol. It is very difficult to maintain a healthful weight when we are stressed.
The core practice is very simple.
Eat whenever, whatever and however much you want.
Sounds nutty, doesn’t it?
Eat whenever, whatever, and however much you want. Just do it mindfully.
If you’ve practiced any of the awareness or releasing techniques I write about, you’ve had the experience that the intellectual mind will resist. The ego always feels threatened and will immediately put up defenses. With the release technique, for example, many people say, “I can’t believe this can work”, “it’s too easy, too simple”, “I need to understand more”. But the many who try it find it to work quickly, naturally and easily.
Maintaining a healthful weight is no different. It’s simply about allowing the body to do what it knows how to do.
Soon, I will publish articles about this.
If you want to maintain a healthful body, effortlessly and permanently, you may want to try this out. I ask you give me feedback of your experience, and any suggestions you have. You will be helping me write a book which can help millions!
I have a number of ebooks on this site.
The books I am writing now, I’m writing with the intention of getting published, and I know nothing about the publishing business.
If you know about publishing, please drop me a line here.
In the August newsletter I reported that I am writing a book on how to lose weight, easily and simply, with awakening techniques, and I have been writing the book. I had intended to post articles about it, but as it turned out, what came out were articles about how discontent sparked awakening in my own life.
Honestly, it is difficult to say what the next month will bring. I’ve learned to trust flow. Sometimes there is some planning, mostly there is not. The next month may bring articles on:
- Bits from “Awaken to Thin” (working title for a book about maintaining a healthy body and weight)
- Bits from “Awaken to Lightness” (working title for a consolidated book on awakening with awareness and release).
- Articles on addiction and recovery.
- Articles on writing and building web sites.
- Finding Passsion and Purpose: The Tipping point in the fulcrum of change
- Days of Our Discontent — Finding Answers
- Our Days of Discontent
- Why we take a peculiar pleasure in suffering and how to stop
- Call off the Struggle
- Do you feel lighter, more compassionate, more joyful, more natural, more playful?
- A Gentle Honesty
- How to Stop Compulsive Thoughts: Letting Go in Four Steps
- Banish the ANGST of the Law of Attraction