The Zen of Weight Release
The Zen of Weight Release has nothing to do with losing weight. When you think of yourself “losing weight”, do you have visions of yourself at the gym in baggy sweat pants, sweating in all the wrong places, and gasping for your next breath of air, while the twenty something sorority girl running full speed on the treadmill besides you is barely breaking a sweat?
Do you also associate losing weight with deprivation, diets, long forgotten willpower, and anal retentive portion control?
Well that’s how many people envision losing weight. When you lose the word “lose”, and replace it with “release” you are one step closer to letting go of extra weight.
The Zen of Weight Release is not a physical discipline that can be taught by the weight trainer at the gym, or by your Weight Watchers Instructor. The Zen of Weight Release is actually the practice of studying the mind and seeing into the nature of who you are.
Zazen, which is the meditation practice of Zen, is to sit without any goals or expectations. It’s a state of just being and connecting inward, releasing any attachment to the outcome. In essence, when I refer to the Zen of Weight Release, it is very similar to the practice of zazen. Release your attachment to how you think your body should look, release your attachment to a specific number on a scale, and focus on connecting inward. The answers you seek are inside you, when you make peace with the parts of you that created your weight dysfunction, is when you allow the weight release to occur naturally. Your mind will eventually revert back to a naturally thin mindset, before all the programs, stories, and traumas.
Embracing Zen means opening yourself up to allowing. When you allow, you are not forcing or pushing, you are not struggling to lose the weight. You are not starving yourself of the foods you love, and you are not overindulging on the foods you love either. Learn to find peace and acceptance with where you are right now. Create some face to face time with yourself, have a few intimate conversations, and listen. When you tune in to your inner wisdom your path unfolds. You will know what your next steps are.
For me, when I stopped to listen, is when it all became very clear to me. That’s when I began to use the mind body tools I had in my toolbox all along. I did it without struggle, something I thought would never be possible. I healed my inner wounds and a new body (and mindset) emerged.