What would you say if I told you that obesity is a state of mind? Let me put it this way. Obesity has as much to do with storing fat as it has to do with your perceptions of yourself and the world around you. This is a vital link – perhaps the most vital link – that conventional medicine missed. Lots of people live toxic lifestyles, not only individuals who are obese, it’s just that different bodies adjust and react to toxicity in different ways. Individuals who are obese tend to store physical as well as emotional toxins in their fat cells.
What you think, how you perceive yourself and others, and the basic assumptions and premises by which you live have a profound effect on your weight. I have elaborated on the subject and discussed destructive thought patterns, carrying the baggage of emotional traumas, the stress response, and one’s negative beliefs about being overweight.
For any type of real physical, mental or spiritual healing to take place, you must make an important decision, perhaps one of the most important you will ever make. Depending on which way you look at it, it could also be one of the easiest or one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. It is a decision to become emotionally whole, or simply, a decision to heal yourself.
It is a demonstrated fact that techniques of physical, mental, and spiritual healing cause physiological changes in the brain and other organs. That is because our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are stored not only in our cerebral cortex but also in our cells and tissues via complex neural pathways powered by chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.
Though natural healing techniques impact on this cellular memory, remember that this journey starts in mind – with a decision you have made to heal yourself, to clearly see the mind-body connection at work and to rely on your innate wisdom to cure yourself.
If you would prefer to start with baby steps, begin by creating the time and space to access your healing force. Simply spend some quiet time by yourself every day, perhaps in the park or even sit up in bed when you wake up every morning and before you sleep every night and ’empty’ your mind.
Repeat this for a few days and you will already begin to feel the difference! Detoxifying you mind in this way will instantly relieve stress. This will, in turn, start the positive loop you need to take the power of internal healing even further.
Different things work for different people. So find your own stress-busters, such as a walk around the block after your evening meal, playing with your pet, watching the sunset or even sitting with your feet up and doing absolutely nothing.
Once you begin to experience the benefits of these simple practices, you will embrace an attitude of relaxation rather than the stress-filled life so many people are almost addicted to. You might then want to explore other systems that re-balance and unite the mind and body such as progressive relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, and yoga.
Remember, being overweight is indeed a state of mind.