• 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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  • food as yoga

    January 31, 2010

    When I was training as a yoga teacher last October, the highlight of my day was not sitting down to meditate, it was sitting down to the two buffet-style meals from the ashram kitchen.  Was it Thai night?  Mexican?  Or, my favorite, Indian?

    If meditation is one-pointed focus, then I’m an expert.  Give me an onion to chop or a curry to slurp, and I can concentrate so completely that time (not that it exists, of course) stands still.

    So I was very excited to read this article in the New York Times about food and yoga, and whether you need to be a vegetarian to practice.  As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like labels.  If you make the bulk of your diet plant-based and you throw in even a few minutes of yoga time a day, you’re making a huge positive difference to your body and the planet.  Yoga means union, after all.

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