If you are reading this blog…Congratulations you survived Friday the 13th and now we are headed to Halloween, my favorite holiday!
The mind is powerful but take it easy people, you can change your thinking if you talk to yourself positively…for every negative thing you say about yourself, practice saying a positive! How many times have you heard or even said to yourself, ‘I am a failure, I look fat, I can’t quit now, it’s too late’. Negative self talk like that does not help anyone’s best interest. Like the Chicago Cubs, we have to visualize what we want and train with conscious breathing, body awareness, positive self-talk with a realistic plan of action to get us there. Most of the time, we breathe unconsciously; about 21000 times a day. Conscious breathing brings us to awareness of how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally and only then will we know what is needed.
If you haven’t noticed yet, we live in a toxic food environment and we are wired to eat everything in sight to prepare for when there is no food around.
We are exactly like any animal. You have to read this entire article to understand why we’re ‘sick, fat and nearly dead‘ and the answer isn’t until the last paragraph and it’s NOT more exercise either.
200 years ago, we didn’t have food in gas stations, huge refrigerators, modern conveniences or processed food at our fingertips; we had to forage, hunt and farm.
Nowadays, when we’re hungry, food and drinks are there and we will drive any time, day or night to get a high fat, high sugar, quickly absorbed processed food or drink. It’s never vegetables we crave. Cravings for candy can only be quelled by keeping ourselves full and satisfied with high fiber, REAL food. Real food may cost more but can be affordable when we plan ahead week to week. The only way to change our eating behaviors is NOT by starting another ‘fad’ diet, because they never work and why waste your time anyway; the answer is deep within us and only sitting in stillness and using awareness to breath and body will we know what we are lacking or what we have in excess within our sacred vessel we call the human body.
You know yourself better than anyone else…choose an intention that will bring you health and happiness.
Your intention is a solemn vow(as described below) and be sure to phrase it positively and in the present tense. Close your eyes and visualize how you want to fuel your mind/body and keep coming back to your intention throughout the day so when a ‘craving’ arises, you will have practiced and visualized enough times to keep moving in a healthy direction.
Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means an intention formed by the heart and mind — a solemn vow, determination, or will. In practical terms a Sankalpa means a one-pointed resolve to focus both psychologically and philosophically on a specific goal. A sankalpa is a tool meant to harness the will, and to focus and harmonize mind and body.
Go for the win like the Chicago Cubs did and mindfully portion your Halloween candy!