bite-sized challenge: feeling her weight

June 15, 2010

If you’ve been following V.K. (formerly known as Noelle) through her bite-sized challenges, you’ll know she is now a green-smoothie convert and that her desk is flanked by a beautiful bowl of fruit.

Here’s V.K.’s third desired successful outcome:

When I look in the mirror, I can say confidently, “My body is just right how it is.  I wouldn’t want to lose any weight or gain any weight.”

When we spoke on the phone, V.K. told me she believes part of the reason she can’t seem to shift a couple of extra pounds is because she really can’t find a good reason to.  For me, that’s a good enough reason not to worry about those extra pounds.  But she’s worrying, so there’s something underlying that’s making her feel both guilty about the weight and resistant to doing anything about it.

I want V.K. to start a simple meditation practice.  Every day for a week, she is to sit for five minutes in a quiet spot and simply be in her body – she should feel the weight of her body supported by the Earth.  The idea is to become very present and simply feel the sensations in her body.

Then the following week I’d like her to add another five minutes to this daily practice in which she envisions her ideal weight and feels it in her body as if she is already that weight.  She should really imagine that she is her ideal weight right now – how her belly feels against her clothes, how she breathes feeling lighter.  She should also notice how she feels about herself in this new weight.

For added inspiration, Kathy Freston has a series of guided manifestation meditations including one called Perfect Weight.

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  1. V.K. June 25, 2010 at 00:20

    Hey Jess,
    I’m loving this meditation practice! I’ve never really meditated before, so this is new to me. I find that it really fills my bucket and it is a welcome moment of peace in my day. It energises me!

    With regard to what I’m supposed to think about – just feeling my body – I’ve been surprised at how this meditation has brought me in touch with the nuances of how my body feels. In fact, I’m going to have a think about changing my Successful Outcome on this from “When I look in the mirror, I can say confidently, “My body is just right how it is. I wouldn’t want to lose any weight or gain any weight” to “When I do my meditations, I feel that my body is just right how it is. I wouldn’t want to lose or gain any weight.”

    The *feeling* my body through meditations might be a better measure of where I’m supposed to be as opposed to *looking* at it.

    I’ll have a think about it anyway!

    I’m looking forward to upping the mediation to 10 minutes this week…

    X besos

  2. Jess June 17, 2010 at 15:42

    Of course, V.K. Keep us posted!

  3. V.K. June 17, 2010 at 15:11

    Hey there!
    Jessica – I’ve just put this mediatation in my diary only now – and therefore will be doing the first week from today (17th June) until 23rd June, and the second week from 24th June until 30th June.
    OK if you wait until 1st July to give me my next challenge? This is a really nice one, and I would like to do it “properly” (i.e. do this for the full two weeks) – merci Poulette !

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