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Purpose

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.

The outer passion that is emerging right now is: I want to write a book on weight loss.

Help me write a book on how to lose weight with awakening!

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.

That’s it!

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!

Help me publish

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.

Help!

If you know about publishing, please drop me a line here.

A view to what’s coming

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:

  1. Bits from “Awaken to Thin” (working title for a book about maintaining a healthy body and weight)
  2. Bits from “Awaken to Lightness” (working title for a consolidated book on awakening with awareness and release).
  3. Articles on addiction and recovery.
  4. Articles on writing and building web sites.

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21 thoughts on “Help me write a book

  1. Brenda

    I worked for a textbook publisher in the 80s but that wouldn’t help you much now. We had everything typeset from marked-up hard copy. Nowadays it’s all done digitally from your word document. You will find what you need now that you’ve announced your intention. ‘Thinness’ and ‘lightness’ are very similar terms. It sounds like you are onto something good here. Best of luck.
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..Back to Work =-.

  2. Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord

    Oh my gosh, this book will be so well received — and you’ll, indeed, get it published. As the anxiety levels arise in the yet unawakened global community, weight will rise, too. Your book is going to help people tap into something so necessary and vital to their ability to thrive: being always aware.

    As you and I have discussed, I struggled for years with an eating addiction and was bulimic for quite some time. It never had anything to do with the food, though, or my weight… It was my perceived self-worth, sense of power (or powerlessness, as it were), and my desire to avoid avoid avoid and numb out at all costs. We all do this in one way or another. Some use drugs, others alcohol, and others validation/approval. Egos are addicts, and we all have egos.

    When I embraced the present moment last spring, my addiction just sort of fell away on its own. Any time I slip back into unconsciousness (non-awareness), it seems to sneak back in.

    Before this comment becomes a book, I’ll end there, but wanted to let you know that your idea is brilliant and I know you’ll enjoy tremendous success with it. I’ll help any way I can.
    .-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s last blog ..The Magic of Meditation =-.

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Megan,

      Thank you for the joyous encouragement!

      That’s so wonderful that your addiction fell away with increased awareness. My story is the same–addictions to alcohol and nicotine fell away as I became more conscious and as I released.

      Releasing can help very directly with anxiety and anger, and as you point out, we may see more and more of this. For ten thousand years, humanity has set itself on a course that is driven by individual and collective egos and pain-bodies, and this is reflected in our instituitions, culture and technology, and it may be getting to a point where it is no longer sustainable. This may bring about difficult change, and with it, increased anxiety and anger.

      Develop awareness, and release!

      k

  3. Lisa (mommymystic)

    Kaushik, Your approach to weight loss sounds much-needed, especially in today’s culture. And I think the time is ripe, with average weights skyrocketing, and people beginning to realize it’s not about some special diet trick, but about changing their emotional relationship/dependency to food, and letting go of the patterns that pull them back to it.
    I will contact you re: publishing info, I have a friend in publishing that helped me do a non-fiction book proposal a couple of years ago…In the end I decided not to follow through right now because my kids are too young for me to put that kind of time in, but I learned a lot and will pass on what I can…Namaste-
    .-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s last blog ..Chakra Immunity Boost For You and Your Kids =-.

  4. Nadia - Happy Lotus

    Hi Kaushik,

    Great idea about the connection between food and the ego. Much of the over-eating we see is a result of stress and the fact that food is no more food but rather a chemical combination. The key to a healthy relationship with food is to eat mindfully.

    As for publishing, I have shared with you what I know via email and as Lisa mentioned, you will need a book proposal.
    .-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog ..Mustard, Money, and Fear…What is Going On? =-.

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hi Nadia,

      Yes, exactly, you’ve put it very well. We all have different bodies, and certainly there are people who don’t have to worry about their weight. The rest of us overeat because with stress and pent-up emotions and the need to control we interrupt what our bodies already know how to do very well. Mindfulness around food can change that.

      Your advice on publishing was excellent! Thanks.

      k

  5. Marius

    Hello Kaushik!

    Loving the content on this page. This is what it is all about. Lately I have been feeling very depressed, and felt kind of embarrased because I have been “practising” awareness for some years now, and this shouldn’t happen to “me”. Stupid I know.
    By chance, I encountered your website and the article about how simple awaress really is, without no effort, really gave me an aha moment.

    Thank you very much!

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Ah, Marius, I have had the same experience, where I had felt I was conscious and then life threw something at me which made me realize that I wasn’t quite as aware as I had believed. It is of course the movement of the ego. The ego will even co-opt the practice of awareness, and yet, this is how it goes. I’m so glad you found the writing here helpful. It really is simple and it takes no effort, and yet it may take a little effort to see this. Take care, friend.

  6. Albert | UrbanMonk.Net

    Hey mate, would love to help with your eating mindfully experiment. I’ve half-heartedly attempted something similar before, so here’s my first piece of feedback – I just couldn’t sustain it over long periods of time. However, I did see it as separate from my main goals (of spirituality). I’d be eager to see how seeing it as part of my spiritual practice will help me stick to it longer.

    1. Kaushik Post author

      Hey Albert,

      Yes, that’s it, what if we make mindful eating a part of our normal practice. It does take practice. When we eat, we may be present for a bite or two, but then the mind quickly runs away and we eat unconsciously. What I suggest is to pay attention to how we feel, particularly afterwards. Observing in this way, and releasing has helped me with addictions, and letting go of anxiety. Why not this?

      Great to hear from you. I hope you’re doing very well!

      k

  7. Snædís

    Hi there, just stumbled upon your site, and I like it 🙂

    You might want to look into Messenger Mini-Book, a marketing company for self published books. I am not their trades person (!) and no idea if this is something for you but hey, it costs nothing to visit their site 🙂 Good luck!

    http://www.messengerminibooks.com/

  8. Augenlaserbehandlung

    I’m sorry for the unrelated question but can you please show me where to get the website template you’re using? I would love to have the same blog theme or at least one from the same designer. Can you maybe say who made it?

    1. Kaushik Post author

      I use wordpress and applied a theme from Studiopress. I think the theme was called Lifestyle or Streamline. I customized the theme considerably. For example, I added the buttons which change the stylesheet dynamically (colors).

      You can email me (About->contact) and I can give you more details.

      k

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