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Why serial dieting makes you miserable.

on March 10, 2015
Achieve a more harmonious balance for a happier you.

Achieve a more harmonious balance for a happier you.

The Dalai Lama – and countless others – have frequently said that the path to true happiness is to be found through doing kindnesses for others. I can personally attest to this being true since I recently was able to purchase an item for my husband which he had been wanting for some years, but had put off in favour of buying more necessary things for us and our household.

It wasn’t so much the material object itself, but rather the ability to give him something which is meant only for his enjoyment. To fulfill a longstanding wish of his. To put him first. All of these things are what gave me joy, which in turn made me feel better about myself.  I had nothing whatsoever to gain from purchasing this item.  But it wasn’t about me, after all.

When we focus entirely too much on our physical selves, we lose sight of our true selves. We stop nurturing our souls since we’re focusing so much on our bodies. That’s not to say you should entirely lose sight of your body’s needs, but it should not be all-encompassing, and certainly it should not come at the sake of your soul or your spirit.

My suggestion is for every hour of exercise or concentration on your dieting, you allocate another block of time for peaceful and uinterrupted meditation or spending time with or on someone else who will benefit from your attention. If you have no one on whom to lavish your attention, lavish it on yourself.  Read a book.  Take part in a hobby or interest you’ve been putting off.  Enjoy a long hot bath and lose yourself in your thoughts.  Take a restful nap.  Do anything which does not centre around your physical appearance.

In doing so, you may find that your mind and your body reach a more harmonious balance, and your spirit will be uplifted as a result.  Your confidence will grow, and you’ll feel loads better about  your physical appearance.  Trust me as one who has made this journey herself.


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