It seemed that it didn’t matter how long I used to work out the results were not as obvious as I would like. Maybe it was that I was being too harsh on myself as I was never satisfied with the way my body looked. Maybe I was healthy and had a great body but I was listening to the critic within and not aware of the awesome body I had. Either way, the constant chatter around food was mentally unhealthy. To my surprise I was oblivious about this insanity. In fact I thought that this was very normal. Most of us operate this way, engaging the thinking process and rarely are we present with what is in front of us.
One of the discoveries of “practicing the presence” is that when eating I could actually enjoy the food. To really be there, sitting down and enjoying the aromas and flavours of a good meal. If you want to practice being present while eating you can close your eyes for a moment before starting to eat your food. Maybe you can give thanks in silence for the food you are about to eat or even say a little prayer.
Now I know to listen to my body and if I notice that I am gaining weight then I consciously make myself aware of it without judgments. Maybe I start exercising more or stop eating so much bread and sugars. It is all about having a balanced life through having a healthier mind and body. It is more about how we think about food than how much we eat that affects our body. In my next post I’ll tell you about how letting go of the control of things in life might improve your relationships with yourself and others.