“Our greatest battles are that with our own minds.” ~Jameson Frank
Our minds is where everything is won or lost. The battle of loosing weight and staying in great shape is formulated by our mental thoughts. Just like how we exercise our bodies to maintain its strength we need to exercise our minds to keep it strong and focused. The mental exercise is meditation and practicing meditation can help you loose weight.
Improve focus with Meditation
Everybody always starts with amazing strength and determination. They stay on their diet for 2 weeks or 3 and then eventually start slipping into their old habits. The excuses start pile on…
“I will make up for this extra cake by running more”
“I can work out later”
This happens when we loose our focus. The old mental thoughts make their way back into the mind and pull us back into the abyss of unhealthy habits.
This is where meditation comes in.
Meditation is about having focus on the breath and awareness of your world. You sit in a comfortable position and only focus on the breath. As the thoughts arise, you push them aside by bringing your focus back to the breath. Doing this daily will help you combat those unhealthy thoughts down the road.
Weigh loss is a Marathon.
Weight loss is a long marathon and not a sprint. You will not become skinny in 1 week just by not eating a lot of food. Everything takes time.
Our current world runs on having everything now. Everything is instant and with a push of a button all your desire/needs are met. One prime example is the Internet. An avg user will only spend 7 seconds on a website before they leave. That is a very short of period of time to evaluate information. We want everything now!
Different meditation techniques(such as breathing meditation or walking meditation) and practices instills patience. Practicing daily or even weekly, by focusing on the breath, enables our mind to instill patience. The changes in our diet are life long and not just temporary.
Increase mental strength with Meditation.
Positive affirmations is a great tool to use during weight loss. Positive affirmations are all around us. They exist in the workout music that plays at the gym. They also exist in our minds.
Affirmations are the thoughts that push us to do that one extra rep or run couple minutes longer. Something changes in our mind that makes us work harder. That something is a positive affirmation.
During meditation, you can strengthen your weight loss beliefs by using positive affirmations and mantras. You can write one that specifically focuses on the goals you want to achieve. Make sure you write a detailed affirmation.
Example positive affirmations for weight loss:
“I eat low fat food and stay away from heavy carbs”
“I say no to high calorie food”
“I follow my workout plan and am always excited to hit the gym”
“I loose weight everyday because of my constant effort to eat healthy”
“I am a strong and powerful person that can do anything”
These are just some of the positive affirmations I have used in the past during my meditation practice. If you have any that you want to share, please post them in the comments.
Simple Guided meditation
Meditation is not that hard to do. People have an inclination that meditation is a very hard practice. It’s simple and easy to do. The point of meditation is having inner peace and calm. This is reached by focusing on the breath.
There are many different meditation methods but they all work around the same principle of breathing.
Sit in a room that is far from distractions.
Remove anything that will distract your thoughts. Turn off your cell phone, close your computer, lock the door etc…
Get your body in a comfortable position.
Cross your legs. If your back is hurting then support it against a wall.
Close your eyes.
Inhale through your nose and into your belly. Focus on the rise and fall of the belly.
Hold your breath for a count of 5.
Then exhale through your mouth. Make sure you empty your belly of all air.
Continue inhalation and exhalation for 5 – 10 minutes.
Meditation to stop eating
It takes time for our brains to register how much we eat. It takes 10 – 20 minutes on average for our brains to realize how full we are. Also sometimes we eat food on impulse. Walk by a bakery and see a delicious cinnamon bagel and soon enough we give into our temptations.
Meditation can help you regain control of your eating choices. While eating, chew your food slowly. Taste every little thing about the bite you have in your mouth. Do not put another bite until you have swallowed the first one. Inhale deeply and then chew another bite. Focus on slowing down your eating rather than eating as if someone is holding a gun to your head.
When you walk by that bakery again and feel tempted to eat that delicious donut, just take a deep breath, close your eyes and realize how that is a decision that will make you feel unhappy later.
Tags: meditation, meditation techniques, weight loss
– October 20, 2011Posted in: Meditation Techniques
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Recently I have come across an interesting way to meditate. It deals with the different frequencies of the brain and targets the frequency that helps you relax. This frequency is referred to as Theta wave.
I have been doing so by listening to different meditation music that triggers the theta waves in my brain. It sounds strange at first, as I was very reluctant to try the method. In my first attempts I was constantly questioning the validity of Theta Meditation but as I let my mind relax and become more open, I was able to reach a deep state of relaxation.
There are 2 brain waves that essentially deal with relaxation, deep sleep, REM cycles and dreams. One of them is Theta and the other is Alpha. Listening to music that triggers both waves will yield the same results of relaxation.
I am always performing one task or the other at work that keeps me very busy. I was looking for a way to relax at my desk. A way to quickly close my eyes and meditate. The problem was that my office had too many distractions and people constantly talking. So I put on my headphones and searched youtube and found different types meditation music. The meditation music that activates the theta wave is called Holosync music. This is the music I started to listen to at work whenever I wanted to take a 5 minutes breaks.
The Benefits of Theta Meditation
One of the primary benefits of Theta meditation that is always discussed is the increase in creativity it instill on a person. It also relates to how musicians can create such great music because they are surrounded by instruments that capitalize on different brain wave frequencies.
For me, I experienced my mind becoming more aware of its surroundings and remove judgment from certain situations. I felt as if I was merely watching the world go by without having any emotional attachment. This is how I was able to reach a state of peace and calm.
I would highly recommend listening to some Binaural beats during your meditation sessions. I am sure it will allow you to reach a deeper state of mind. Just make sure that you try to push aside any skeptical thoughts or questions that cross your mind.