Friday Notes–November 16, 2012

by Caitlin on November 16, 2012

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Peggy wrote, “Like many women in our society, I had spent much of my life in a struggle with my body. Since childhood my body has weighed anywhere from between twenty to seventy pounds more than I would have liked depending on the year. I have never felt that I was the ‘right size’. I have tried and failed at countless diets over the years and have become very disheartened in the process.  Now, more than three decades later, I have realized that the physical solution of a diet could never have been enough to make a lasting change for me. I see how the impact of this struggle had, at times, been crushing to my spirit and how the healing that is needed requires a much deeper solution. I believe that my overweight body and weight obsession results from a disconnection with the present moment. For so much of my life I have been completely disconnected from my body’s cues related to hunger levels, the food on my fork and the bite in my mouth. I have also been largely out of touch with the emotions that were at the forefront of driving the eating experiences.  In April 2010 I heard my dear Oprah publically stated that she would “Never diet again!”, naturally, this got my attention. Oprah featured Geneen Roth’s Women, Food and God. I promptly bought the book and this set me on my new path. I began a process of transforming the way I viewed my body and food. I felt I had been invited to embrace the body I have for so long detested and to begin to view my body weight and food issues as a doorway to living a more vibrant life. Coming into this understanding marked a radical shift for me.  Around the same time I had also been studying the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and was interested to see how presence played a role in my food and body issues. I came to see that presence was the key missing component to restoring my relationship with my body and shifting my eating behaviors.  Being deeply curious about the process unfolding within me I set out to formalize my research through my Masters in Psychotherapy and Spirituality thesis topic. I embarked on a formal study exploring how presence heals food and body issues. I developed a program for myself that included regular meditation, mindfulness, mindful eating, art, discussion etc.  The results of this research were transformational for me personally and are the underpinnings of the Deeper Cravings course. My relationship with my body and with food are completely different today than they were in the past. I no longer am at battle with my body. I have fully embraced it and have released the obsession with losing weight. Bringing mindfulness to more of my eating experiences has resulted in more regularly choosing foods that are better for my body, typically choosing smaller portions, overeating less often and enjoying food more than at any time in the past. As an added benefit, this has resulted in weight loss… about 65lbs since I first decided to quit dieting.”

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