Creating flexible and rewarding routines to lose weight for my clients is one of my favorite things to do. I love designing meal plans, educating individuals about what exercise routines to be doing, advising them on what supplements to be taking, discussing sleep patterns and how much water they should be drinking.
And yes, all of these things are important “pieces” to losing weight and creating a wellness lifestyle, but most of the time it’s not enough. These might work briefly, but to keep the weight off once and for all, meditation and changing your thought patterns are a MUST. Meditation is often “thrown out the door” and disregarded merely because most people question how sitting still and not burning calories can help them get one step closer to the body of their dreams.
But, I have discovered that the clients who do drop significant weight and keep it off are the ones who find the time at the end of the day to sit with themselves for a few minutes, quiet their minds, and look within. They are truly ready to work on their thoughts, feelings, self-love, and the way they perceive themselves. They are ready to dig up the emotional triggers and past traumas that have manifested into an unhealthy lifestyle.
Here are some very specific reasons why meditation is an important component of dropping those extra pounds:
- Meditation teaches us that it is ok to “let go” of the need to control – even our weight.
By quieting the mind, we are able to “detach” from the self-destructive thoughts and the need to control the number on the scale. Meditation helps us accept our weight even when the number seems to be “stuck” or going in the opposite direction than we want. Thoughts become things. Because it is very difficult to maintain positive thoughts consistently, it is better to detach or create a space of having no thoughts at all. By detaching from the outcome, we are in a much better place emotionally to create the results that we desire.
- Meditation teaches us to be patient with our weight loss and the healing process.
Society and the media present this falsified idea of overnight success stories. We hear them constantly and so we often expect the instant result of losing weight very quickly. Needing to look a certain way is based on our ego. Instead, we should be patient with ourselves and embrace our own healing process (the evolutionary process of creating a better version of our self, inside and out).
- Meditation helps us get clear answers to the questions about what is best for our body, mind, and soul.
What works for one individual will not necessarily work for another individual when it comes to losing weight. Meditation helps us answer the questions that are being presented to us right now. When we have to make choices about healing ourselves, quieting the mind is the best solution to deciding which foods, exercise regimen, and routine are best for our body, mind and soul. These answers come from within – not from reading a celebrity testimonial.
- Meditation creates a specific space to feel “alive.”
Meditation brings out the light within our being. When we are connected we feel “alive,” and it is in this space that we are best able to manifest our desires. In this space of feeling “alive,” we can embrace self-love so the weight can begin to come off. Also, learning to cultivate this emotion and love ourselves as we are is one of the most important components of weight loss.
- Meditation dissolves all fear of failure.
Many of us spend our entire life in fear, attached to this idea that if we go on another diet and it doesn’t work, we are a failure. It is very difficult to lose weight when you are vibrating in a space of fear. Understanding that the outcome of your weight loss journey doesn’t change your eternal divinity and true essence is very important for making a lasting change.
- Meditation teaches us to stop focusing on our future self and instead to live in this moment.
Whether we are in spinning class or eating a kale salad, being in the present moment is very important to shedding the extra weight. When we live in the present moment, we begin to remove the “when I lose 10 pounds” or “if only I were a size 2” thoughts from our mentality. These negative thoughts create our reality because they are focusing on the fact that our “better self” is in the future instead of here and now. Only by removing these thoughts and focusing on the present can you create a healthier body right now.
- Meditation teaches us to take responsibility for our health and wellness.
By our pushing against or blaming others (i.e. our work, family, friends) and not taking responsibility for ourselves, we only create more negative energy and karma, making the journey to wellness longer and more difficult. As our awareness expands through meditation, we learn that everything in our lives – including our weight – is a manifestation of ourselves. In this space of understanding, we become more powerful and are able to manifest the body of our dreams.
- Meditation teaches us that we are always in complete balance, centered, and flowing with the Universe.
All things are in divine order, including our weight loss journey. Inner security and acceptance are achieved when we believe in this divine flow full-heartedly. Meditation gives us a unique sense of all-knowing – that everything has a purpose and that there is a reason we are facing this challenge. Accepting where we are, flowing with the Universe, and allowing the unseen to guide us (instead of pushing against it) are important in accomplishing our goals.
So, this week I challenge you to do this: cut your exercise routine short 10 minutes (or extend it) and sit with yourself. Quiet your mind. Relax. My hope is that you discover that those 10 minutes will be just as, if not much more, beneficial than running on that treadmill.