Being Out Of Shape and What it Means
Not being happy, satisfied or disliking our body is a major
block to happiness and awareness.
Women especially spend a lot of time wishing their body was different. We have
bought into accepted concepts of what is perfect, beautiful and ideal for body
shape, and we a police ourselves constantly with thoughts and beliefs such as
“my stomach is too big", “my thighs are too fat", “my butt sags", and so on.
We each have parts of us we wish were different and it can be as simple as a
basic wish for change, right on to an obsessive, constant battle and beating up
ourselves, feeling that we will never be lovable enough, attractive enough, and
that life will never be great until we loose those extra unwanted pounds. All of
this adds up to very destructive behaviors and thought patterns that often seem
hard to break.
Being overweight, out of shape is not just about what we eat. It’s about our
emotional state of being, how we deal with stress, how fast we process and clear
life experiences. It’s about how our life is going and how we are dealing and
relating to it, both now and in the past.
If you are overweight or out of shape, simply ask yourself what are you holding
on to, what are the things you feel stuck on? Comfort eating can be simple and
relatively harmless, like a small sweet snack to give you a lift when things
aren’t going right. It might also get to serious overeating just to feel safe
and blanket distressing emotions such as anger, fear, pain, despair and
loneliness. The more we get angry with ourselves for doing this, the more stuck
and out of control we feel. It can seem like a never-ending circle.
Be honest with yourself. How much are you really in your body? How often do you
feel zoned out and on automatic? Define the triggers, the situations, people,
simple events and emotions that keep you out of your body and out of touch with
yourself. They might be very simple, old pains, hurts and fears that you have
never resolved or found closure on, unfulfilled needs in the present and from
the past, lack of love from others and to yourself from yourself, insecurities,
not realizing and accepting that you are indeed a wonderful and amazing being
with true talents and unique thoughts, ways of being and experiencing life, not
realizing that you do have a lot to give.
Follow these ten tips to get back into your body, into great health and shape
and get real with yourself and your life.
1. Include plenty of room temperature water in your diet every day. Quit
drinking fizzy, sugary drinks, even the diet variety. Cut back on alcohol.
2. Become aware of what you do eat and how much each day by keeping a list for a
week. Later re-think your diet. Eat simple basic foods. Include more fruits,
vegetables, brown bread, grains, non sugary cereals. Consider becoming
3. Make time every day for yourself. Even ten minutes is vital. You need to let
go, sit still, relax, do nothing. Let your thoughts come and go. Breathe deeply
from the bottom of your stomach. Say firmly in your mind: “I am letting go of
everything I no longer need". Mean it!
4. Rub your stomach slowly backwards and forwards, then round and round with
slow circular movements of your hand. Breathe deeply. This will calm and soothe
you when you are tired, anxious, or stressed, and replace the need of reaching
for the ice cream and cookie jar.
5. Look at yourself in the mirror. Simply look. Do not judge. If you find
yourself doing so, stop. Simply look, accept what you see and look for the
beauty beyond any pain in your face and your eyes.
6. Love yourself completely without condition. Use positive affirmations each
day. Be open to realizing how wonderful, amazing and special you really already
are. Don’t wait for tomorrow to be perfect. Love and accept yourself just as you
are today and every day. Realize that you do know what you are doing at all
times and that there are no mistakes.
7. Bring color into your life. Wear it. Bring it into your home or workplace. Or
imagine being surrounded by color and breathe it all through your body until you
8. Ask yourself at least once a day: “Where am I right now?" You may be driving
to work and yet still in events in previous days or well into the future in
anticipated events. Become aware of where you are and how you are more often.
Make a point of also recognizing who you are being. Are you playing a role or
are you simply being yourself?
9. Dream. Visualize how you want your life to be one year from now, 5 years, 10
years. Expect the best. See the positives in all negatives for they are there
waiting for you to discover. Remember, nothing is ever only as it seems.
10. Lighten up. Have fun. Stop feeling responsible. Break patterns. Be
spontaneous. Explore other facets of yourself. Throw away, give away or even
sell everything you no longer need.
Cheryl Dusty D.Div
Based upon "The Essence of Self Healing" by Petrene Soames
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