The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit
I have been doing work on self more intently than in the past for the last nine months. I am receiving life coaching through the Handel Group, based in New York City, and am also studying to become a life coach. The journey has been eye-opening and awakening for me in many ways. One of the ways is in the area of balance for me, of mind, body, and spirit.
I have been overweight for most of my life, beginning at the age of eight. I have been on diets, I have exercised on and off, and have gained and relost hundreds of pounds. Only in the last few months have I really found the connection between maintaining my weight loss, the accountability that goes along with that, as well as a real love of self.
Anyone can count calories, and increase his/her physical activity, right? The science of it is similar to the use of computers: garbage in, garbage out. We only get out of it what we put in, and there really is no mystery to how humans gain or lose weight. So, that was the first step for me, getting really honest about what I was eating, how much I was eating, and keeping track of it consistently.
The other part of the physiology was getting active; I have always enjoyed walking, and I got more consistent about doing that, as well as increasing my cardio activities in a workout that I love. So, I got the physiological aspects of weight loss under control.
There is no denying, however, the power of a proper balance between the mind and spirit connection with my weight as well. I have had to embrace my body, come to love it, actually, not based solely on what I see in the mirror, but almost in spite of what I see there. To love the body that I am in right now, yet to envision the most dreamlike state that I can. I had to gain an understanding and awareness that my body gives so much to me, and more, based on what I offer to it. That it is a vessel that is to be respected and beloved. And exercise is not meant to be a torture session, but rather, an opportunity to pay respect to my physical presence.
Getting in balance is a journey of faith, and of diligence, and it is so worth it.
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