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Weight Loss Though Prayer   Leave a comment

shutterstock_124859764Ever since elementary school, I’d been preoccupied with food and my weight, and this had cast a shadow on my life. It was difficult for me to eat anything without first estimating its caloric content, and then either feeling virtuous or guilty as I consumed it. Yet I was still overweight, and my pudgy appearance made me miserable.  …

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…  The freedom I feel now is incredible. …  I stopped classifying myself as someone with a weight problem who needed to diet. I began to recognize my right to normality as a child of God, and as a result, I lost weight. Even better, I discovered that the happiness I thought would come only with slimness was mine all along, simply as a child of God.

The complete text of this article by Melanie A. Wahlberg can be read by clicking this link to JHS-online.  In it she describes the spiritualization of thought that brought about this permanent healing.

What Really Needs Losing?   Leave a comment

There are some things that diets just can’t do.

shutterstock_125803505Commercials are continually advertising weight-loss products. But the ongoing demand for new ones suggests that they may not be all that effective. …

…While I was growing up, I always felt a little overweight—not very attractive, and not as athletic as my peers. I also felt unable to moderate my eating habits and often over-indulged. …

… I’d often felt before, that dieting required denial. But refusing to accept a view of myself as helpless, material—going on a kind of “spiritual diet”—did not deny me anything good. Rather, it helped me find more of it in my life.

The full text of this article can be read on JHS-online by clicking this link.  In it the author talks in detail about how her thought and life were transformed.

The Biggest Revelation of My Life – My Road to Freedom From an Eating Disorder   Leave a comment

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While I’d never considered myself a vain person, I was a dancer, and I’d unknowingly allowed negative aspects of the dance world to change the way I viewed myself. I felt powerful controlling my weight and seeing my body get thinner. My weight loss over those past few months had been dramatic, but I was in denial. I was confused about living and eating normally. What I thought was “slim and healthy” really pointed to a dangerous lifestyle. I felt empty, always searching for that elusive “enough.” It was if I’d swum out too far in the ocean and couldn’t tread water much longer …

Read the full text of this article, The Biggest Revelation of My Life, by Sarah Matusek where she describes how she overcame a severe eating disorder through spiritualization of thought which led to an awakening to her true spiritual identity.

Breaking the Hypnotic Grip of Weight Loss   Leave a comment

shutterstock_125579528During the last years of high school I started looking and feeling rather plump. Body weight, food, diets, exercise plans, and counting calories were popular topics, and I tended to follow the crowd because I didn’t know what I really wanted to do and be.

Now that I look back on all the talk about the body and diets at the time, I realize that this is what weighed heavily on my thought and made me feel fat. …

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… By the end of college, I no longer talked about my weight. With no interest on my part, there was no attraction to this sort of conversation. My weight normalized and no longer fluctuated, with no overeating or undereating.

The full text of this article by Cheryl F. M. Petersen can be read on JHS-online by clicking the link.  In it Cheryl describes her spiritual growth that led to this new understanding of herself and her permanent release from worry about weight.

News of Healing – Victory Over Excessive Eating   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_11561148… For many years I had a great desire to master excessive eating. Although I knew that dieting was not spiritually scientific, at two different times (some years ago) I did go on a rigid diet. In each case there was a weight loss that lasted only as long as I ate just the specified foods. As soon as old eating habits were resumed, the weight was regained.

After the second such experience, I resolved to gain my dominion through spiritual means or not at all. …

The weight loss … continued gradually over a period of six to eight months. I am now wearing clothes that are three sizes smaller than my previous size, and I have maintained this reduced weight for over two years.

 

The full article by Virginia Crebbin can be read on JHS-online by following this link.  In it Virginia explains the spiritual insights that led to her weight loss.

Is there a daily diet that curbs perfectionism, eating disorders?   Leave a comment

 

shutterstock_125748860Four ‘trick or treaters’ knocked on our door on Halloween evening. Somewhat unprepared and surprised to experience this novelty in Australia I managed to locate a few sweet treats for each of them, and they left happily bubbling with excitement.

Was I frightened of their costumes or weird masks? Of course not. And I’m sure they didn’t believe for a moment that they’d suddenly morphed into ugly, wicked or ghoulish creatures, either.

Sometimes, though, people do put on an emotionally draining mask as they strive to feel accepted and loved. Over time they may come to accept the charade as part of themselves.

For instance, they may act out the role where they have to be the best … at everything. They can’t abide mistakes and feel it’s a badge of honour to say they’re a perfectionist. Ever in fear of failing, they may be chronic procrastinators. They don’t like themselves very much either, because they rarely live up to their own expectations.

They may be caught up in a warped view of the world that is commonly known as perfectionism.

Like many psychologists, Thomas Greenspon believes that perfectionism is more than pushing yourself to do your best to achieve a goal; it’s a reflection of an inner self mired in anxiety, where you constantly feel like an imposter. “Perfectionist people typically believe that they can never be good enough, that mistakes are signs of personal flaws, and that the only route to acceptability as a person is to be perfect,” he said.

Whatever the reason may be for that belief, at the heart of the often life-long anxiety to appear perfect is our adoption of the general belief that the human mind is full of good and bad emotions and beliefs, some of which are detrimental to mental and physical health.

However, what’s gaining wider acceptance in health research today is the degree to which the body is the servant of the mind.

Sometimes a simple shift in thought enables us to take off the imposter’s mask we may have been wearing and lift the mental weight.

Accepting a less human mind for a diviner nature that is more attuned to understanding, compassion and humility, brings with it greater confidence, better relationships and a selfless desire to contribute to the greater good.

It’s the daily diet of serene, spiritual thoughts that transforms our experience, gives us grace for each day and best feeds our famished affections, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of Christian Science, explains in a very practical elucidation of the Lord’s Prayer.

It’s interesting that current treatments for perfectionism are also moving to thought-based approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy, meditation and mindfulness, even in the treatment of serious eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa that develop alongside the obsessive quest for the perfect body.

Reports estimate that 15% of Australian women between 12 and 30 years of age suffer from eating disorders at some stage in their lives. These young women (and men) who are crying out for love, acceptance and a better view of themselves, often cause untold anguish for themselves and their families, and sometimes even end their lives in the quest for the perfect body.

Julie Bell reached the point where hospitalisation for malnutrition seemed the only answer when the application of a distinctive thought-based, prayer-based approach, founded on recognition of her flawless, spiritual nature, proved “a glorious turning point”.

She experienced a shift in thought. She realised that she could take control of her own thinking, that her body was the servant and that “food did not have power to govern (her) life or (her) sense of a physical body”.

Not only healed of the eating disorder, she found that other obsessive habits that she hadn’t realised were abnormal completely fell away, as did her fear of going forward in the world.

If you’re tiring of the relentless obsessive or perfectionistic thinking about your body or successes, you may also be more than ready to focus less attention on what you eat or on your limited achievements and more on thinking outside the sensory box. Instead, pondering ideas that tenderly reassure you of your intrinsic value.

The mask of a limited, biophysical viewpoint can be frightening, but its removal will enable you to replace a daily diet of fear and anxiety with a moment-by-moment health-giving intake of love and respect for your perfect, beautiful, spiritual self. The difference will be remarkable.

This post was written by Kay Stroud who is a freelance writer focussing on the undeniable connection between our thinking and our health.  She writes for metropolitan and regional news media throughout Australia and beyond, and is a regular contributor to Australia’s national forum, Online Opinion

A Lesson in Body Perception   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_1427005My freshman year of college, I joined the varsity baseball team. By the time winter came around and we were getting ready for the start of the season, I felt a personal pressure about my weight. If I was heavier and more muscular, I thought, I’d be able to perform better on the field. At the time, I was just over 130 pounds and that seemed subpar for my standards.

So in order to put on extra weight, I started hitting the gym to put on more muscle and I also ate more at each meal. I would eat full meals and top them off with two or three glasses of milk. A couple of times, I overfilled myself to the point that I ended up losing what I’d eaten within five minutes. I certainly was not expressing balance, moderation, or honoring God, divine Principle.

It became clear to me that I needed to take a different approach.

Continue reading Eric’s story.  Learn how, as he developed a spiritual sense of himself, he was able to overcome his eating disorder and find balance and order in his life.  This article was originally published on time4thinkers.com.

 

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