So often we get caught up in our regularly scheduled routine that we lose sight of the possibilities for positive change in our lives. For instance, I ask myself every new year, “what do I wish to accomplish this year?”
Not this month… Not this week… Not today… But the entire year!
I ask this daunting question to allow my spirit to speak to me during my meditations. It speaks to me for the year in the now. If you're wondering how this is possible, I will gladly bring you along my yearly cleansing journey.
Before I ask myself my yearly question, I commit my mind to 30 days of discipline. Since I believe the mind controls the body, I have to ‘sike myself out’ before I can move forward in my fasting. It's my child-like way of overestimating the process so that I'm not too nervous to begin (a minute reverse psychology ordeal- so to speak).
I offer you this tidbit, to open your eyes to the process of mental strengthening, for some. You see, the challenge cannot be won if the mind is not on board. The mind will not be on board if we do not commit to some form of discipline accepting the process ahead.
The best part of fasting, for me, is meditation! It quiets the mind and allows the body to accept its own mental strength. Believe it or not, this helps to calm the entire body during a food craving, when done correctly.
When we fast, our bodies go through a transformation, both physically and mentally. It is during this time that we have the opportunity to truly connect with our inner selves. By incorporating meditation into our fasting routine, we can tap into the power of mindfulness and self-awareness. As we sit in stillness and silence, we can observe the thoughts and sensations that arise, without judgment or attachment. This practice allows us to develop a greater sense of control over our cravings and impulses.
When we experience a food craving, it can be overwhelming, and our bodies can go into a frenzy. However, through meditation, we can train our minds to become more resilient and less reactive. By acknowledging the craving, rather than trying to suppress it, and redirecting our focus to our breath or a mantra, we can create space between our thoughts and our actions. This newfound mental strength enables us to make more mindful choices when it comes to our diet and overall well-being.
This mind-strengthening practice is not limited to the art of fasting. It can be used for many things, such as the daily challenges of life and our responses to different situations. Any goal we have in mind can be accomplished when we practice training our minds to be the focal point of our desired results.
So, if you're looking to take your healthy lifestyle journey to the next level, I encourage you to explore the power of meditation. Find a quiet space, sit comfortably, and allow yourself to tune inwards. Embrace the stillness and let go of any expectations. With consistent practice, you'll discover the incredible mental strength that lies within you and learn to navigate through the intricacies and tribulations of life with grace and ease. Remember, you have the power to calm your entire body and embrace the full potential of your every day experiences.