Welcome to the Meditation Diet, and congratulations on taking the first, and most important, step toward your goal of achieving a healthy and sustainable body weight.
When you undertake mindful eating, you're doing more than changing your eating habits. You're getting a handle on your mental energy and guiding it toward a healthy, desirable end. Like a lens focuses sunlight to create fire, the mindfulness diet allows you to harness your mental energy and focus it on the goal of achieving your ideal healthy and sustainable weight.
Throughout this process, you will be grooming your subconscious mind to accept and incorporate the suggestions it receives during meditation. Our three-step method is simple: Motivation, Belief, and Expectation. First, you will develop the mindset necessary to maintain a high level of motivation. Next, you will cultivate the deep belief within yourself that your goal can be reached. Finally, you will create accountability through the personal expectation you place upon yourself to complete this journey.
You may be having trouble fully accepting the notion that your goal can be reached. After all, losing weight requires more hard work and dedication than perhaps anything you have ever attempted before. However, the power of positivity is all that you need to clear any hurdle that you may face. The connection between mind and body is extraordinary. By telling yourself over and over that you can reach your goals, you will begin to make that belief permanent in your consciousness, and eventually you will notice your body following your mind’s lead. No longer will you be held back by the limiting belief of “I can’t.” Instead, you will be propelled forward by the belief of “I know I WILL!”
The Mind/Body Connection
Your conscious and sub conscious minds are in constant communication. Try an experiment: move your finger. Easy, right? You might say, “That was a conscious effort.”
But what happens on the subconscious level? What about the blood that flowed to the muscles in your finger, allowing it to move? Did you consciously cause your heart to beat, thus sending the blood to the finger? No. It was a joint effort between your conscious and subconscious minds.
As you can see, your conscious mind can have a tremendous impact on your body. Another experiment: think of a time when you were embarrassed. Maybe you feel heat in your cheeks. If you look in a mirror, you might see your face turning red. Your heart rate might increase. These physiological effects are the result of you using your conscious mind to create physical effects. Your thoughts can influence your body; likewise, your body can influence your thoughts. For example, when you feel tightness in your stomach, you might start thinking about food. When you feel dryness in your mouth, you might look for water. Those are two common examples of your body influencing your mind.
The whole body is interconnected – physiological components, conscious mind, and subconscious mind. Once you're willing to accept that your goal can be achieved, you're motivated to do so, and you're expecting success. Then you can give shape and form to your goal. Once you've harnessed the power of your conscious mind, both your subconscious mind, and your body, will accommodate. The key to mastery of the conscious mind is mindfulness: master mindfulness, master yourself.
Mindfulness: The Conscious Mind
Mindfulness meditation is a state in which you become consciously aware of your surroundings. You choose which stimuli are important, and which to exclude. Doing so helps to reprogram your subconscious mind.
This is the mindfulness diet: you’re creating a goal, communicating to your subconscious mind that you wish to make this goal a reality, and then following through on your attention, eliminating barriers that may be inhibiting you from reaching your goal.
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